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 50,000 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 Greater Shepparton Heritage Strategy 2019 builds on the foundations laid by the Greater Shepparton Heritage Advisory Committee since its inception in 2011, and the three heritage studies undertaken by Council since 2004. It lists actions to take under the themes of Knowing, Protecting, Supporting, Communicating and Promoting, and Building Capacity.
Key actions include a scoping study of 20th century places of significance, making historic information more accessible for the community, recognising the histories and contributions of our multicultural communities, promoting the continuation of Council's free Heritage Advisory Service, supporting the activities of local heritage-based community groups, and promoting heritage events, such as the Heritage Open Days.
The Strategy has been prepared in conjunction with the Greater Shepparton Heritage Advisory Committee, and Council’s Heritage Advisor.