State controls cost $20,000

ALMOST 130 of Warrnambool’s old buildings and places are on Victoria’s state-significant heritage list, including 19 registered under planning controls to manage redevelopment, demolition and subdivision.

They include the breakwater, Wollaston Bridge, railway station, parts of the TAFE college and the former Fletcher Jones factory.

Conservation management plans are being undertaken on each of the state-registered places at a cost of at least $20,000 each and consideration will be given to provide interpretive signs for property owners. Interpretive signs will also be installed next year at key locations on the foreshore and Hopkins River. 

Warrnambool City Council has its own heritage planning provisions with 26 precincts containing more than 1300 properties. 

Another 170-plus properties are protected by individual controls and further areas will be added. 

In light of a recent report by the Warrnambool Planning and Heritage Group highlighting shortfalls in the heritage protection, the council will review the four-year heritage strategy it adopted in 2011.

City council officers will investigate funding sources to conduct a social history of the Fletcher Jones site to assist in protecting its key elements.

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