Heritage Properties

Within Gawler there are a number of structures of historical significance.  The structures may be State or Local Heritage places, Contributory Items or simply located within a Historic (Conservation) Policy area.  In some cases minor works to a heritage property (including internal alterations, fences or painting) requires approval from Council that would not otherwise be required.  This information sheet may assist in determining whether the development you are proposing requires approval.

Heritage Advisory Service

Council employs a Heritage Advisor who is available every fortnight to provide free heritage to the public prior to lodging an application.  If you would like to make an appointment, please contact Council on (08) 8522 9227.

Please note that The Heritage Advisor cannot give advice with respect to State Heritage listed items. For free advice with respect to State Heritage properties please conatct the SA Government State Heritage Unit on (08) 8124 4960.

Development of State Heritage Places

All development applications affecting State Heritage Places must be referred to the State Government's State Heritage Unit (Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources) as part of Council's assessment.

If you are intending to lodge a development application on a property that is State Heritage Listed, this information sheet may be useful to you.

You can also find some useful information on owning a heritage place by visiting the DEWNR Website.

Church Hill State Heritage Area

If you have a property located in the Church Hill State Heritage Area, the Church Hill Management Plan may assist you in maintianing the heritage value of your property. This document has been prepared to assist Council and residents in the future planning for Church Hill State Heritage Area. The purpose of this document is to strengthen the existing policies and requirements, and provide design guidance with respect to signage, fencing, verandah, roofing, dwelling extensions, doors and windows, carports and new infill development within the area. 

This information sheet also contains some useful information on the Church Hill State Heritage Area.

Local Heritage Grant Scheme

Council’s Local Heritage Grant Scheme is available to assist owners of Local Heritage Places with conservation work. Subject to formal application in the form provided by Council and application prior to work commencing, this grant is available for actual conservation work to the building exterior only. Financial assistance of up to $1,500 is available following approval by the assessment team. Please call (08) 8522 9227 if you have any queries.

Heritage Financial Assistance Fund Application form(209 kb)

Gawler Historic Walls Scheme

Gawler Council has identified a public benefit in supporting restoration of historic walls and has set aside $25,000 in the 2013/14 Budget to assist.

The public benefit is to help maintain Gawler’s historic character and help promote Gawler as a place to visit and do business.

Gawler has over 300 historic walls and many are in poor condition affecting the amenity of historic areas.

The Gawler Historic Walls Grant Scheme Guidelines, Eligibility and Application form can be found by clicking on the link below:

Gawler Historic Walls Grant Scheme - Application and Guidelines(259 kb)

Historic Walls in the Public Environment


In 2007 the Town of Gawler and McDougall & Vines Heritage Consultants produced the Historic Walls in the Public Environment – Gawler SA – Conservation Strategy. This document catalogues walls of historic importance in the Council area, identifies common construction and management problems, and suggests some of the best and cost effective methods of repairing, maintaining and preserving these walls.

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