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Historic (Conservation) Policy Areas

The City of Mount Gambier has identified seven Historic (Conservation) Policy Areas. Council's Development Plan contains detailed maps and planning guidelines in relation to each Historic (Conservation) Policy Areas.

City of Mount Gambier Development Plan

Council continues to support and offer a Heritage Advisory Service to City residents.

The objectives of the service are to:

  • Provide for the proper care and management of heritage places,
  • Create and promote a local awareness and responsibility for the care of heritage places, and
  • Provide a service which encourages and assists property owners to take care of their heritage places on a voluntary basis, thereby developing a positive community view of heritage conservation.

Heritage Places

The South East Heritage Adviser works closely and collaboratively with Council's Regulatory Services Division to:

  • Provide advice on the development of heritage places to both Council and property owners,
  • Provide advice on assessment of development applications,
  • Provide advice on the development of conservation and interpretation strategies,
  • Provide advice in respect of historic townscapes and streetscapes,
  • Provide advice on development of Council Policies,
  • Provide advice on funding and incentives,
  • Participation with the City of Mount Gambier Heritage Advisory Group, and
  • Promotion of heritage within the community.

 The heritage advisory service is free of charge and available to the public once a month (unless otherwise determined).

Appointments may be made through Council's Development Services Division, phone (08) 8721 2555

The City of Mount Gambier Heritage Advisory Group was established in 1991 and has an important role in advising Council on the development of policies to conserve and promote natural, built, cultural and indigenous heritage within the City of Mount Gambier.

The objectives of the City of Mount Gambier Heritage Advisory Group are to:

  • Prepare and monitor heritage policy, including review of Federal, State and Local Heritage policy,
  • Provide advice to Council on the management of heritage by Council, facilitate research and make recommendations on local heritage places, materials and artefacts,
  • Make recommendations to maintain and update the register of places of heritage significance as contained within the City of Mount Gambier Development Plan,
  • Raise community awareness of heritage conservation through appropriate heritage policy, advice and education,
  • Participate as 'overseer' of heritage related projects and contribute to funding submissions to other agencies, including requests for heritage grants from relevant State and Federal agencies, and
  • Provide support to the South East Heritage Adviser.

The City of Mount Gambier Heritage Advisory Group is a four year term with membership established by an expression of interest process and selection by Council.

As part of Council's commitment to the conservation and management of the City of Mount Gambier's heritage assets, a Local Heritage Restoration Fund has been established by Council.

Each year, owners of Local Heritage Places are invited to apply to Council, through the City of Mount Gambier Advisory Group, for a grant to be used in relation to restoration and conservation works at their property (i.e. painting, repairs, fencing, extensions, re-roofing). The fund does not apply to State Heritage or Contributory Places.

Distribution of the grants are determined by Council following recommendations from the City of Mount Gambier Heritage Advisory Group.

The self-guided walking tour visits 32 of Mount Gambier's oldest buildings, all are either State Heritage listed or of Local Heritage significance. Each building is identified by an historic bollard, providing information about the relevant building.

City Heritage Walk