Strategy considers heritage protection

The City of Karratha is considering its future level of involvement in the protection and restoration of heritage buildings across the District.

Thirty-nine buildings of historical significance have been selected from the Heritage List to be assessed based on a range of criteria to determine the best management option, responsible agent and future levels of investment in their protection.

The strategy will outline a vision, guiding principles, management options and evaluation criteria for each building in order for Council to make sound decisions about its future level of involvement in the management of each building.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said Council supports the protection and enhancement of built heritage sites in the City, but recognises that the City cannot carry the management and financial burden alone and needs to ensure its contribution is sustainable.

“Heritage protection is a very complex issue and we want to make sure that these buildings are taken care of appropriately, taking into consideration tenure arrangements, statutory controls and current arrangements,” Cr Long said.

“Many of Western Australia’s best examples of heritage buildings are located in our City so we need to identify the best opportunities where we can make a difference and how we can partner and work with state government and other stakeholders to ensure sustainable management. This framework will help us to do that,” he said.

Council officers will now apply the strategic framework to the identified heritage sites and will present the results back to Council.

Funding will be sought to deliver heritage projects that are identified during the process.