About heritage planning

Find out about heritage precincts in the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and what the heritage advisor can help you with.

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Preserving our heritage

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is renowned for its mining history, as well as its social, sporting and cultural heritage. This includes the built environment, which we seek to retain for the benefit of future generations.

The City does this by:

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Heritage precincts

In June 1999, a heritage area study was conducted to identify culturally significant places in the Kalgoorlie and Boulder town sites, and group them together into designated heritage areas for better planning, conservation and management.

As a result of the study, 2 heritage precincts were created at Hannan Street and Burt Street.

The study was conducted by:

  •  Considine and Griffths Architects
  •  Chris Antill Planning and Urban Design
  •  Erickson and Taylor.

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Development of heritage buildings

Please download the following information sheets, which provide guidance and recommendations on alterations or extensions to heritage buildings.

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Policies on heritage developments

The Development guidelines for heritage precincts (PDF) ensure that new developments retain the cultural significance of the existing precinct.

The policy on Waiving planning fees (PDF) encourages the development and improvement of heritage precincts and promotes the Local Heritage Fund.
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Heritage Advisor

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has a Heritage Advisor available to help you with development applications and other issues relating to heritage buildings.

The advisor provides free advice on ways to restore, reuse or reconstruct buildings, including houses, to ensure their historic value and character is maintained and enhanced.

For more information, please contact Planning Services.

You can also visit the State Heritage Office website to learn more about heritage planning in Western Australia.

Heritage Awards (2015)

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder was a finalist in two categories in the 2015 WA Heritage Awards for:

  • Heritage practices by a local government; and
  • Contribution by a public or private organisation (Burt Street facade project)

The WA Heritage Awards were announced on Wednesday 15 April 2015 and the City was announced the winner in the Heritage Practices category.

Part of the nomination documention reads:

Located in the heart of the Goldfields-Esperance region, the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is Australia's largest outback city. The city, an amalgamation of the towns of Kalgoorlie and Boulder, was settled after the discovery of gold in 1893. It recognises that heritage is its past, present and future and that it provides a sense of place and time, identifiable landmarks and a sense of belonging.

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder administers a comprehensive program of heritage initiatives including policies, grants and incentives to assist owners in the conservation of the city's heritage. The city's History and Heritage Unit maintains an extensive archive of local and family history records as well as the Goldfields War Museum collection.



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