The heritage significance of dozens of sites throughout the region is being explored in a major study by Mildura Rural City Council.
The Mildura Heritage Study (Part B, Stage 2) focuses on 136 individual sites located within the former areas of Mildura County and Mildura Town. These include residential, commercial, community and industrial buildings, schools, churches and trees, which were identified at an earlier stage of the project.
Council-appointed expert heritage advisors will review all sites this month, visiting many sites in person to better understand their historical and cultural significance. They will also work closely with a community reference group to explore historical themes and activities important to shaping our municipality.
Arts, Culture and Heritage Portfolio Advisor Helen Healy said this important work will provide greater insight into our region’s post-contact heritage and help us understand which places are important and why.
“The purpose of a heritage study is to ensure that as our region grows and develops, places of colonial historical and cultural value are conserved, protected and celebrated,” said Cr Healy.
Among the 136 sites examined as part of the Mildura Heritage Study (Part B, Stage 2) are King George Memorial Baths at Red Cliffs (pool), Yelta Sales Grounds, Werrimull Hotel and Merbein’s palm avenue on Third Street.
“It is an eclectic mix of sites, monuments and buildings that reflect our region’s unique post-contact history and are part of our community’s history,” said Cr Healy.
The findings of this study could potentially trigger future recommendations to introduce heritage overlays into Mildura’s planning scheme.
“The term ‘heritage listing’ can sometimes be misunderstood, but that doesn’t necessarily mean too much of a burden on property owners,” Cr Healy said.
Mildura’s town plan currently includes over 350 places of local heritage significance, all of which are protected by a heritage overlay.
The Council also offers a free wealth advice service to anyone whose property is covered by a heritage overlay or who is considering buying such a property.