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Celebrating our Heritage

Two key strategies in Council’s Strategic Plan (2012-2016) are to encourage the preservation of character dwellings and surrounding residential amenity, and to celebrate our history and heritage. Character and heritage give us a sense of place and informs us about who we are and how our society has developed over time. Heritage is an essential part of the present we live in and of the future we will build. This section of the website provides information to assist you in exploring, celebrating and maintaining the highly valued character and heritage of the Council area.

The Historic (Conservation) Zone and Local Heritage Places Design Guidelines(2380 kb) provides an historical perspective of the built form of City of Prospect together with conservation design guidelines for the restoration, extension and general maintenance of local heritage places and dwellings within the Historic (Conservation) Zone. The Guide features descriptions of layouts, materials and decorative elements that were common to architectural styles in various periods of Prospect’s built history. The Guide is intended to assist property owners in identifying housing styles and their original elements and building materials, to assist in the restoration and improvement of their own property. 

Council also provides a heritage grants program to support owners of Local Heritage Places and properties that are located in (and contribute to the character of) the Historic Conservation Zone, with grants of up to $2,000 available for restoration and improvements to these historic properties.

The State Government Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources also provides a range of technical information on the maintenance and conservation of heritage places, which may be relevant if you are considering painting, fencing, salt damp repair or general conservation and maintenance work on your property.

The Prospect Local History Group (an independent community group proudly supported by City of Prospect) meets regularly in the Prospect Library and has published a number of books, resources and newsletters celcbrating the rich and diverse heritage of the city.

The Australian Government Department of the Environment also provides a range of information on heritage matters that may be of interest.

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