Council to deal with heritage inventory

Changes have been made to powers regarding the Municipal Heritage Inventory. Picture: file image
Changes have been made to powers regarding the Municipal Heritage Inventory. Picture: file image

The inventory was a source of tension at the council earlier this year after it was revealed that properties, including that of Cr Matthew Handcock, were added to the register without owners being informed.

The issue came to light after it was revealed that 3 Riverside Road was added to the Municipal Heritage Inventory without the owners knowledge in 2006.

The Gazette discovered that more than 200 properties were added to the inventory that year.

The Act requires that consultation be done but town chief executive Stuart Wearne said having the properties added in a council agenda was enough notification.

The revocation of the delegated authority will force properties to be dealt with by elected members instead of staff.

After the meeting, Mayor Jim O’Neill said he wanted the community to be involved and well informed about the process and the day-to-day running of the council.

‘I am not aware of the CEO adding any properties to the Town’s Municipal Inventory or Heritage List inappropriately,’ he said.

‘The delegation was revoked because it is council’s practice to determine which properties are included in the MI and HI.’