The State of Heritage Review: Local Heritage
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The State of Heritage Review: Local Heritage

In a state growing as fast as Victoria, it is timely to review the effectiveness of its current heritage management arrangements. As the vast majority of the state’s more than 170,000 cultural heritage places are protected and managed by local governments, the Heritage Council of Victoria has commenced the State of Heritage Review: Local Heritage, a review into local cultural heritage recognition, protection and management.

The main aims of the Review are:

  • to establish a clear picture of local cultural heritage protection and management arrangements across the state to identify what support is required to improve local cultural heritage management
  • to identify examples of best-practice local cultural heritage management and how this may be shared and celebrated
  • to provide tangible and practical opportunities for enhancing the way State and local governments work together to recognise, protect and manage local heritage
  • to promote and encourage community understanding of the benefits of local and state cultural heritage protection and making heritage protection arrangements across Victoria easier to understand.

The first stage of the Review is underway. This involves surveying the current local heritage arrangements of all 79 local governments across Victoria. A preliminary analysis of the survey responses has been completed and was presented at the Local Government Heritage Forum. The presentation slides can be found here.

A more detailed analysis will be undertaken to help inform the second stage of the Review.

For more information, please see the Scope and Deliverables.


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