Heritage

Heritage relates to Aboriginal cultural heritage and historic heritage, however each aspect is managed and regulated by different sets of legislation, regulations, policies and processes at both a State and local government level.

Aboriginal and historic heritage places consist of landscapes, sites, buildings, monuments or other structures that are culturally significant at a local, state, national or international level.

Watterup - Kalgan Heights Fish Traps, Oyster Harbour

Heritage can incorporate both the tangible and the intangible. It is present in many forms such as landmarks, places, buildings and contents, spaces, views and the stories associated with them.  

Please select one of the following links to take to you to the relevant section on this page:

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage

Advice and referral requirements for Aboriginal sites
Changes to legislation and Aboriginal heritage management processes
Aboriginal heritage references and resources

Historic Heritage

Heritage List
Local Heritage Survey
The State Register of Places
Maintaining and developing historic heritage places
Local Planning Policies
Individual Place Record information
Conservation of City-owned heritage places
City of Albany conservation projects
Historic heritage references and resources
Historical and heritage management references and resources

Aboriginal cultural heritage

The City of Albany is situated in the Wagyl Kaip and Southern Noongar region of Noongar boodja – country. The Noongar descendants of the early Menang hold a proud and respected place in the City of Albany of today.

The Menang people have been the traditional custodians of the country around Albany for many thousands of years prior to European settlement, which has created a wealth of Aboriginal cultural heritage.

There are 40 known registered Aboriginal heritage sites and 85 more sites listed as ‘other heritage places’, across the City of Albany local government area. These sites include artefact scatters, mythological sites, engravings, grinding areas, food and ceremonial sites, that reflect the life and culture of the Menang people, and there remains a strong interest among Aboriginal people in both the area as a whole and in particular sites. There are associations with places traditionally used by the Menang people, places that feature in creation stories and mythology, and places that are associated with Aboriginal life after European settlement. 

The City of Albany Aboriginal Accord 2003 represents a statement of commitment to working with the Aboriginal people of Albany to promote a greater understanding throughout the community of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples' history and culture.  

Advice and referral requirements for Aboriginal sites 

Currently, all Aboriginal cultural heritage places, whether recorded or currently unidentified, are protected by the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972.

The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) are responsible for protecting Aboriginal cultural heritage, assisting with compliance with the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 and providing access to heritage information.

The Aboriginal Heritage Inquiry System is available to access on the DPLH website and provides information on Aboriginal sites, other heritage places and Aboriginal Heritage Surveys.

Developers and landowners are required to undertake due diligence to determine the potential impact of a development or activity on Aboriginal cultural heritage interests.

For further information and advice regarding protocols, processes and procedures relating to development or activity in or within proximity to Aboriginal heritage sites, please contact the Aboriginal Heritage team at the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.

The DPLH and Department of the Premier and Cabinet Aboriginal Heritage Due Diligence Guidelines 2013 are also available to download from the DPLH website.

Changes to legislation and Aboriginal heritage management processes

The Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 is currently under review. The Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2020 will replace the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 and is expected to be introduced to Parliament in 2021.

Further information on Aboriginal cultural heritage management in the south west, including the review of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972, is available via the following links to the DPLH website:

Aboriginal cultural heritage references and resources  

Further Aboriginal cultural heritage reference and resource information are available via the links listed below:

Albany Aboriginal Accord 2003

‘Kinjarling’ The Place of Rain – Aboriginal Heritage Survey 2005

Kaartdijin Noongar - Noongar Knowledge – Sharing Noongar Culture - South West Land and Sea Council

Albany Public Library - Albany History Collection

State Library of WA - Indigenous WA

Storylines

Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage - Aboriginal heritage

City of Albany City Planning Strategy 2019 Part 1

City of Albany City Planning Strategy 2019 Part 2

Historic heritage

The identification and protection of historic heritage is embedded in both State and local planning. Historic heritage management can be found in both State and local government policy, as well as local planning schemes and strategies.

Albany has a rich European history as it is the oldest permanent settlement and commercial seaport in Western Australia. The City’s heritage assets include sites of early European settlement, military and maritime history. Albany can also claim national significance as the departure point of the first convoy of the First Australian Imperial Force and the First New Zealand Expeditionary Force; who were to become collectively known as the Anzacs.

Heritage ListAlbany Town Hall

Local governments are required to prepare and adopt a heritage list in accordance with the requirements of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015. A local heritage list is adopted and administered through a local government’s local planning scheme.

The City’s Local Heritage List was adopted by Council at its Ordinary Meeting in October 2020 and is administered under the City’s Local Planning Scheme No. 1.

City of Albany Heritage List (Adopted October 2020)

The Heritage List replaces the previous adopted Municipal Heritage Inventory. 

Places identified on a heritage list have statutory protection in accordance with the Planning Regulations 2015. Where development is proposed to a property identified on the Heritage List, a development application is required. Refer Maintaining and developing heritage places below.  

Please contact Planning and Development Services on 9841 9333 or email planning@albany.wa.gov.au if you have any questions regarding the City's Heritage List.

Local Heritage Survey

A local government's heritage list is informed by a local heritage survey. Local governments are required to prepare and adopt a local heritage survey in accordance with the requirements of the Heritage Act 2018 and State Planning Policy 3.5 Historic Heritage Conservation. 

Council adopted the Local Heritage Survey at its Ordinary Meeting on October 2020.

City of Albany Local Heritage Survey (Adopted October 2020) 

The Local Heritage Survey replaces the previous adopted Municipal Heritage Inventory. The Level of Significance identified for places were previously known as Categories A, B, C and D under the previous Municipal Heritage Inventory.

The purposes of a Local Heritage Survey include:

  1. identifying and recording places that are, or may become, of cultural heritage significance in its district; and
  2. assisting the local government in making and implementing decisions that are in harmony with cultural heritage values; and
  3. providing a cultural and historical record of its district; and
  4. providing an accessible public record of places of cultural heritage significance to its district; and 
  5. assisting the local government in preparing a heritage list or list of heritage areas under a local planning scheme. 

Although places that are listed on the Local Heritage Survey only and not identified on the City's Heritage List do not have the same level of statutory protections, the City recommends conservation and adaptation of these places where possible, as they contribute to the social and cultural values and history of the locality. For advice on proposed works to a place identified on the Local Heritage Survey, please contact the Planning and Development Services team.

Where a place is listed on the Local Heritage Survey and also identified on the Heritage List, please refer to the Maintaining and developing heritage places section below. 

Local Heritage Surveys are periodically reviewed and updated. If a place is not identified on the Local Heritage Survey but is considered by the community to contribution to the local cultural heritage significance, it can be nominated by the community for consideration by the City to be included in the Survey. Please contact the Planning and Development Services team for more information. 

Thematic Framework

Local heritage surveys and previous municipal heritage inventories are informed by a thematic framework. The City of Albany thematic framework is currently under review. The current thematic framework from 2000 is available to view as part of the previous City of Albany Municipal Heritage Inventory Review. 

Albany Local Thematic Framework

Previous Albany Municipal Heritage Inventory documents are available via the links listed below:

MHI Review 2000 - Introduction and Background

Inner Albany Areas A-M

Inner Albany Areas P-Z

Outer Albany Areas

Please contact Planning and Development Services on 9841 9333 or email planning@albany.wa.gov.au if you have any questions regarding the City's Local Heritage Survey and thematic framework.

The State Register of Places

The State Register of Places is a statutory list of places that represent the story of Western Australia’s history and development. Places included in the State Register include buildings, structures, gardens, cemeteries, memorials, landscapes and archaeological sites.

There are over 90 places in Albany listed on the State Register, inclusive of individual places that are part of the Stirling Terrace Precinct.

The Level of Significance for places on the State Register are identified on the City's Heritage List and Local Heritage Survey are identified as Exceptional-Registered. 

Information on individual places and precincts identified on the State Register is available via inHerit .

The protection and conservation of places identified on the State Register is administered through the Heritage Council of WA and Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH), in accordance with the Heritage Act 2018, the Heritage Regulations 2019 and State Planning Policy 3.5.

Proposed works to a place on the State Register are required to be formally referred by the City of Albany to the Heritage Council and DPLH for comment, as part of a development application. It is also encouraged to seek professional advice from a heritage consultant or architect prior to commencing detailed designs of your proposal. 

Minor works such as maintenance and some like-for-like repairs to places on the State Register may not need to be formally referred to the Heritage Council and DPLH. However a development application submitted to the City of Albany would still be required. Further information on types of works to places on the State Register that may not require formal referral is available on the How to development and maintain heritage places page of the DPLH website. Please contact the City's Planning and Development Services team to discuss any repair or maintenance works prior to submitting a development application. 

The DPLH website also provides information and guidelines on the conservation and development of places on the State Register. 

Maintaining and developing historic heritage places

A development application is required to be submitted to the City for works to places identified on the City’s Heritage List. This applies to both internal and external works and to any works within a property boundary that is identified on the Heritage List. 

Places identified on the City's Heritage List are considered a 'heritage protected place' in accordance with the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015. 

Prior to commencing detailed designs of your proposal or undertaking any works to a place on the Heritage List, please contact the City's Planning and Development Services team. It is also encouraged to seek preliminary professional advice from a heritage consultant or architect, prior to commencing detailed designs of a proposal. 

Where alterations or additions are proposed to a place on the City's Heritage List, a heritage impact statement will need to be prepared and included in the development application. The heritage impact statement should:

  • confirm the Level of Significance of the place - Exceptional (including Exceptional-Registered), Considerable, Some/Moderate or Little (this is identified in the place details on the Heritage List)
  • include the Statement of Significance prepared for the place (outlined in the individual Place Record Form or accessed from the place entry on inHerit)
  • describe the works proposed and provide rationale behind the extent of the work proposed
  • outline the potential impact on existing original built fabric and the overall cultural significance of the place
  • outline how the potential impacts will be mitigated/addressed
  • proposed construction/reconstruction methods and materials and finishes to be used

Information to assist in completing a heritage impact statement is available from the City's Heritage List, Local Heritage Survey and Place Record Forms that have been prepared for individual places. Copies of individual Place Record Forms are available on request through the Planning and Development Services team. 

Where maintenance, repairs or works of a minor nature are proposed to a place on the City's Heritage List, a heritage impact statement may not be required to be submitted as part of a development application. Please contact the Planning and Development Services team to discuss the proposed works and what information would be required as part of a development application. 

Development application fees will be also waived where an application is solely required because a property is on the Heritage List.

The Planning Services page of the City's website contains information on what is required to be submitted for a development application. 

Please refer to the DPLH Historic Heritage website for information on:

To discuss your proposal or for more information, please contact Planning and Development Services on 9841 9333 or  email planning@albany.wa.gov.au

Local planning policies

The City’s Heritage Protection Policy contains general provisions regarding conservation and management of heritage places.

The following heritage policies apply to all properties that are located within the City’s Historic Town precinct:

Albany Town Centre 

Albany Historic Town Design 

Individual Place Record information 

Following adoption of the City's Heritage List and Local Heritage Survey in October 2020, the City has been collaborating with the DPLH Historic Heritage team to coordinate updates to inHerit, the statewide historic heritage database and resource portal. Once the database is updated, this information will be updated to the City’s online GIS mapping.

Until the updates to inHerit and the City's online mapping is complete, it is recommended to access the most recent place information using the Heritage ListLocal Heritage Survey and through individual Place Record Forms that were prepared as part of the Local Heritage Survey.

Copies of the Place Record Forms are available by request. Please contact Planning and Development Services on 9841 9333 or email planning@albany.wa.gov.au

Access inHerit or the City's online mapping via the following links:

inHerit 

City of Albany Online Maps 

Conservation of City-owned heritage places

The City owns and manages a number of important heritage buildings and places. The City is committed to maintaining these places for future generations to enjoy.

The City has recently undertaken a number of important conservation and restoration projects to its stock of heritage buildings and places.

All maintenance and restoration work is guided by the nationally-recognised Burra Charter, which defines the basic principles and procedures to be followed in the conservation of Australian heritage places. The Burra Charter recommends traditional techniques and materials for the conservation of heritage buildings and the City abides by this guiding principle.

 City of Albany conservation projects

Select one of the links below to access information on some of the City's conservation projects and managed historic heritage places:

Albany Town Hall 

Albany Town Square and Alison Hartman Gardens 

Vancouver Arts Centre

Albany Co-operative Society Building 

Taxi Rank & Women's Rest Room (inHerit)

The Forts (inHerit)

Stirling Terrace (inHerit)

Albany Snake Run Skateboard Park (inHerit) 

Historic heritage, planning and development references and resources

Further historic heritage reference and resource information are available via the links listed below:

Albany Local Thematic Framework 

City of Albany Local Planning Strategy 2019 Parts 1 & 2 (ALPS) and Local Planning Scheme No. 1 

Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 

National Trust WA, including Strawberry Hill / Barmup 

Burra Charter

The Historic Heritage page of the DPLH website also contains information, advice and guidelines to assist in the conservation and development of heritage places, including:

Heritage Impact Statement Guide

Conservation Management Plans

Conservation Management Strategies

Guide to Preparing an Archival Record

Historical and heritage references and resources

Further historical and heritage reference and resource information are via the links listed below:

National Anzac Centre

City of Albany Library - Albany History Collection

Museum of the Great Southern

Albany Historical Society

State Library WA

WA Museum Boola Bardip

National Library of Australia

Trove 

Collections WA