Town of Gawler Local Heritage Transition DPA and Heritage Review
Through the impending Planning and Design Code, the State Government is proposing significant changes which could negatively impact the preservation of Gawler’s unique heritage. Under the proposed system, only State and Local Heritage Places would be recognised while Gawler's 604 existing Contributory Items would no longer be protected.
The Town of Gawler believes that many of these buildings are worthy of preservation, given that they play a vital role in reflecting the historic character of the town and demonstrating a defining period in Gawler’s history.
Therefore we have undertaken a comprehensive review of all 604 existing Contributory Items listed within our Development Plan to identify which of these should be transitioned to Local Heritage Places in the new Code, in order that the appropriate level of protection can be provided to ensure their ongoing preservation.
At its Special Meeting on Thursday 19th March 2020, Council considered and adopted a Statement of Intent, which identified 150 Contributory Items as meeting the criteria for a Local Heritage Place.
The Statement of Intent has been forwarded to the Minister for Planning for approval. If the Minister for Planning endorses Council’s Local Heritage Development Plan Amendment Statement of Intent, staff will then proceed with the preparation of a Development Plan Amendment, outlining the full extent of Contributory Items proposed to be converted to Local Heritage Places in order to undertake the statutory 8 week public consultation period.
If the Minister for Planning endorses Council’s Local Heritage Development Plan Amendment Statement of Intent, consultation on a Development Plan Amendment will likely commence as soon as possible. As part of this process Council will be writing to all directly affected land owners to advise them of this consultation process. Council will then consider the outcomes of the consultation process, amend the listings where considered necessary and then forward the adopted Development Plan Amendment to the Minister for Planning for final authorisation later in the year.
Council remains committed to ensuring the town’s rich historic fabric and cultural heritage, depicted through its built form, is preserved as part of the transition to the State Government’s new Planning and Design Code. The elevation of these items to Local Heritage Place status is, we believe, vitally important to the retention of Gawler’s historic character.
Gawler is unique in the high quality and extent of its built heritage. As custodians of this heritage stock, Council feels it has a responsibility to ensure this legacy is preserved for generations to come. As one of the fastest growing areas in the State, Gawler’s heritage and character suburbs are a key attractor for families wanting a relaxed lifestyle in a town with strong community values.
Council continues to advocate strongly for the protection our heritage as we transition to the new Planning and Design Code.