The Planning and Environmental Act 1987 requires Council to protect locally significant heritage places in accordance with State Government legislation, guidelines and processes.
Heritage Studies are prepared to identify places which may have heritage significance. The Shire’s heritage studies are an inventory of all existing and proposed places of cultural significance for listing in the Central Goldfields Planning Scheme, Victorian Heritage Register and the Victorian Heritage Inventory. Council planners use these studies for decision-making process for planning application and to promote the heritage values of the Shire to the Community.
Central Goldfields Shire’s recent strategic heritage studies include the Heritage Strategy 2014-2018 (Jean) and the Heritage Review: Stage 1, 2005 (Rowe and Jacobs).
Other older heritage studies were conducted by previous small shires before amalgamation created the Central Goldfields Shire. These studies performed an in-depth heritage analysis of heritage assets and listed all the heritage places, identified statements of significance, prepared citations for each site. The current Heritage Overlay of the Central Goldfields Planning Scheme is based on the places identified in these studies.
Key Heritage Studies
- C. McConville & Associates, Shire of Bet Bet Conservation Study (1987)
- Richard Aitken, Talbot and Clunes Conservation Study (1988)
- D. Bick, C. Kellaway, P. Milner & J. Patrick, Maryborough Heritage Study (1992)
Other Heritage Studies
- A. Jean, Central Goldfields Shire Heritage Advisor, Heritage Strategy 2014-2018 (2014)(PDF, 62MB)
- Michael Smith and Associates- Carisbrook Urban Design Framework (2003)(PDF, 14MB)
- Michael Smith and Associates -Dunolly Town Centre Urban Design Framework (2003)(PDF, 16MB)
- Michael Smith Landscape Architecture and Urban Design-Maryborough Urban Design Framework (2005)(PDF, 25MB)
- Insight Leisure Planning, World Trail and Insigh3 Communications- Crossing Borders Tracks and Trails: Volume 2 Ballarat – Maryborough Heritage Trail (2013)(PDF, 21MB)
- Michael Smith and Associates- Talbot Urban Design Guidelines (2016)(PDF, 12MB)
- A. Jean- Conservation Management Plan- Maryborough Municipal Olympic Swimming Pool Complex (2018)A. Jean- Conservation Management Plan- Maryborough Municipal Olympic Swimming Pool Complex (2018)(PDF, 36MB)
- Michael Smith and Associates- Gordon Gardens Master Plan (2019)(PDF, 5MB)
- Central Goldfields Shire Tree Management Plan 2020-2024 (2020)(PDF, 3MB)
- A. Jean- Princess Park Cultural Management Plan (2021)(PDF, 12MB)
Relevant Council Projects
Council Celebrates the unique and magnificent heritage places in the Central Goldfields Shire and each year welcomes around 18,000 visitors to the area. Some of the key projects undertaken by council that reinforce heritage protect are: