Municipal Heritage Inventory
Section 45 of the Heritage of Western Australian Act 1990 requires the Council of a Municipality to compile and maintain an inventory of heritage places in its district which in its opinion are, or may become of cultural heritage significance.
The Municipal Heritage Inventory (MHI) acts as a record of the heritage places within the Municipality, whilst also offering management guidelines for the conservation of those places listed. Each listing contains details regarding ownership, use, history, significance, and other supporting information.
Entry of a place into the MHI is recognition of its importance to the Community. A management category is allocated to each place depending on its level of significance, which provides recommendation for the future conservation of the place.
The MHI acts as an aid to the Local Government and the Community to easily identify and recognise the essence of their surrounding heritage.
The MHI is designed to contribute to the conservation of the City’s heritage by:
- Contributing to the management of the Community’s resources and environment, and ensuring that change is managed with due regard to heritage values;
- Contributing to Community projects such as townscape, main street, heritage trails, local history, cultural & community plans;
- Assisting in defining the Community’s sense of place by identifying places that are a physical representation of cultural, aesthetic, historical, scientific and social value; and
- Contributing to a body of reference information which will assist in determining the significance of individual places.
If you are unsure of the State Heritage status of a place, you can search the inHerit database which is administered by the Heritage Council.
The State Heritage Office launched inHerit - a one-stop portal for information about heritage places and listings in Western Australia - in 2012. inHerit contains comprehensive information about cultural heritage places listed in the State Register of Heritage Places, local government inventories and other lists, the Australian Government’s heritage list, and other non-government lists and surveys.
A comprehensive explanation of the different types of heritage listings in Western Australia has been developed by the State Heritage Office.