Under Section 45 of the Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990, a local government is required to compile and maintain an inventory of buildings within its district which in its opinion are, or may become, of cultural heritage significance.
The Shire of Toodyay has an inventory which was compiled in 1998. A copy of this inventory is available for public perusal at the Shire Administration Centre.
Development and Conservation of Places on Municipal Inventory
Places entered on the inventory have several categories of significance, ranging from exceptional cultural heritage value, through to some heritage value. Acceptable changes to a heritage property depend on the category it is in. If you are the owner of a heritage property that is listed on the inventory, or you think your property may have some local heritage value, you should seek advice from the Planning Officer at the Shire of Toodyay before submitting any plans for development.
You may also be eligible for a low-interest loan to assist you with any conservation work if your property is listed on the inventory. The Heritage Council of Western Australia website has information about this scheme. The Planning Officer at the Shire of Toodyay can also assist you with this.
Development Within Central Heritage Area
The Shire of Toodyay has adopted a Local Planning Policy – Central Toodyay Heritage Area. This relates to the area north and south of the railway line, bounded by the Avon River, and extending northward to Telegraph Road. You should read a copy of this policy if you are the owner of a heritage property or planning to conduct any development or building in this area. This document is also useful for general advice and guidance in relation to heritage properties.
State Register of Heritage Places
The Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990 also establishes a Register of Heritage Places, which is a list of places that have cultural heritage significance to the state of Western Australia. Places on the register received the highest level of heritage protection. Several places in the Shire of Toodyay have been recognised in this register:
- Bejoording Homestead Complex & Central Square
- Butterly House
- Connor’s Mill (former)
- Donegan’s Cottage
- Hasell’s Cottage (ruin)
- Newcastle Gaol and Police Station Complex
- Toodyay Fire Station
- Toodyay Post Office & Residence
- Toodyay Public Library
Assessment of the heritage values of these places can be viewed on the Heritage Council of Western Australia website.
If you would like more information about heritage, or about planning and development relating to heritage sites, please contact the Planning Officer at the Shire of Toodyay.
The following websites also provide helpful information: