Draft Greater Shepparton Heritage Strategy 2019

Greater Shepparton City Council is developing the Greater Shepparton Heritage Strategy 2019 to coordinate activities on heritage-related matters over the next four years, with the aim of conserving and integrating significant reminders of our heritage for the benefit of current and future generations.

Greater Shepparton contains a wide variety of cultural heritage places of local, regional and state significance owing to its richly-layered history, dating back over 40,000 years. Our cultural heritage is an integral part of the rich tapestry that connects each of us with our past, and tells the story of who we are as a community, as well as adding character, appeal and interest to our Municipality. Yet these places exist within a dynamic, evolving context as Greater Shepparton responds to the challenges of contemporary society and the ongoing necessity of development.

The draft Greater Shepparton Heritage Strategy 2019 seeks to provide direction for the ongoing work that is required to protect and manage the heritage places, cultural landscapes, and associated objects across the City of Greater Shepparton. It builds on the foundations laid by the three preceding heritage studies undertaken by Council since 2004, listing actions to take under the themes of Knowing, Protecting, Supporting, Communicating and Promoting, and Building Capacity.

Key actions include enabling wider access to knowledge of our heritage, supporting deeper research into particular aspects such as World War 2 internment camps, and post-war migration to the region, developing guidelines for preservation and conservation of local heritage fabric, advocating for funding to continue Council’s free Heritage Advisory Service, and promoting heritage-related events and projects.

The Strategy has been prepared in conjunction with the Greater Shepparton Heritage Advisory Committee, and Council’s Heritage Advisor.

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Following the public consultation period, a Conversation Report will be prepared to analyse and respond to submissions. The Conversation report will be considered by Council at an Ordinary Council Meeting later in the year, with the final Greater Shepparton Heritage Strategy 2019.