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Heritage Places – your online resource

Heritage Places is a fully searchable online database containing information about heritage places and precincts within the Golden Plains Shire.

It includes statements of significance, physical descriptions, historical information, photographs and heritage overlay numbers. It also includes properties that may not have significance but are situated in a heritage precinct (and are therefore subject to heritage overlay provisions). The information in the database is from a range of heritage studies and is provided as a guide only.

Please read the Terms and Conditions at the bottom of this page before clicking this link.

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About heritage

What is a heritage place?

A heritage place is an individual site that has heritage value. These types of heritage places can be a building, bridge, cultural landscape (ie. Botanic garden, park, avenue of honour, ruin, monument or cemetery).

A heritage place can also be a heritage precinct. A heritage precinct is an area that contains a group of buildings, landscapes, etc., such as a historical town, suburb, smaller residential area or large complex site. Heritage Precincts are often characterised by historical urban layouts, houses designs, views, landscapes and other features.

What does heritage significance mean? 

Heritage significance is the value of values that establishes the importance of a place, as prescribed in the Australia ICOMOS Burra Charter (November 1999). There are five applicable heritage values that may contribute to the significance of a place. These are:

  1. Aesthetic/Architectural Value
  2. Historical Value
  3. Scientific Value
  4. Social Value
  5. Spiritual Value

Levels of significance

Levels of Significance also help to establish the importance of a place, and therefore its status in the Golden Plains Planning Scheme. Applicable levels of significance are:

  • State significance: most places of State significance are identified in the Victorian Heritage Register as part of the Victorian Heritage Act, administered by Heritage Victoria. Heritage permits are required from Heritage Victoria for all buildings and works (including advertising signs) and subdivision.
  • Regional significance: places of Regional significance are included as heritage overlays in the Golden Plains Planning Scheme, requiring planning permits for change.
  • Local significance: places of Local significance are included as heritage overlays in the Golden Plains Planning Scheme, requiring planning permits for change.

Contributory significance: places of Contributory significance are included within heritage overlays in Heritage Precincts identified in the Golden Plains Planning Scheme. Any external buildings and works require a planning permit.

Heritage in Golden Plains

The heritage overlay is a mapped area (with corresponding number) in the Golden Plains Planning Scheme that shows the location and extent of heritage controls over a particular heritage place.

The heritage overlay provisions are set out at Clause 43.01 in the Golden Plains Planning Scheme. The Schedule to the Heritage Overlay lists individual properties and precincts affected by the Heritage Overlay and any additional controls that may apply to each particular site. Some individual places of regional and local significance may not have their own heritage overlay number if they are located within heritage precincts.

The Schedule to the Heritage Overlay identifies heritage places with heritage overlay numbers, addresses and other controls specific to the place. These other controls may be:

  • External Paint Controls
  • Internal Alteration Controls
  • Tree Controls
  • Outbuildings of Fences of Note
  • Inclusion of the place in the Victorian Heritage Register
  • Whether Prohibited Uses may be Permitted
  • Applicable Incorporated Plan that may provide other controls over the place
  • Whether the site is an Aboriginal Heritage Place.

The Golden Plains Shire Heritage Study can be read here: Volume 1, Volume 2.


A heritage house

Heritage Places Search Terms and Conditions

Before searching Heritage Places please read the following Terms & Conditions:

Your use of the Golden Plains Shire Council heritage search is governed by the Terms and Conditions set out below which should be read in conjunction with details provided on the site about how the website operates and the services available on the website. You should also read our Privacy Policy.

This website is provided by the Golden Plains Shire Council and Heritage Victoria on an "as is" basis. No warranties or representations of any kind expressed or implied are given (and if any such warranties and representations arise by operation of law or otherwise they are hereby disclaimed to the fullest extent permitted by law) in connection with this site or its content including the completeness or accuracy of any of its contents (in particular but without limiting the foregoing any listing information).

The Golden Plains Shire Council and Heritage Victoria, its commissioners, employees, officers and agents shall not be liable for any loss or damages or expenses of any kind including without limitation compensatory, direct, indirect or consequential damages, loss of data, income or profit, loss of or damage to property or claims by third parties howsoever arising in connection with the copying or use of any information or material contained in or referred to on this website or otherwise from the use of this website.

Users of the Golden Plains Shire Council heritage search may only use the information provided on the site responsibly. No such information may be used for or in connection with any unlawful or immoral or anti-social purpose, or in a manner which is or may be damaging to the name or reputation of the Golden Plains Shire Council and Heritage Victoria or is or may be used in any way to the detriment of any of the listed properties or their owners and occupants.

By following the link to the database, you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.

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Golden Plains Shire spans the Traditional lands of the Wadawurrung and Eastern Maar people. Council acknowledges them as the traditional Traditional Owners and Custodians of this land and pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders and Eastern Maar Elders past, present and emerging. Council extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ppeople who are part of Golden Plains Shire.