The Shire of Carnarvon has Municipal Heritage Inventory which is now known as the Local Heritage Survey and is a document that refers to buildings and places that have cultural heritage significance.  Every local government in Western Australia is required under Heritage of Western Australia 2018 to have a Local Heritage Survey, which must be reviewed periodically. 

Development Approval is required for the demolition and/or development of all properties identified on the Heritage List.

For these properties, the Shire of Carnarvon will work together with property owners and developers to ensure the best outcome for everyone.

Please note that there are no formal development restrictions for properties on the Local Heritage Survey that are not included on the Heritage List. Owners are free to develop their properties in accordance with normal planning scheme provisions which apply to all properties in the Shire of Carnarvon. 

Places of high cultural significance may also be included on the State Heritage Register. To find out more information visit the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage – State Register or search the State Register of Heritage Places

Aboriginal heritage

Aboriginal sites are of immense cultural, scientific, educational and historic interest and provide Aboriginal people with an important link to their present and past culture. 

Protecting Aboriginal heritage

Under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (opens in a new window), the Department works with Aboriginal people to protect and manage places of significance, provides advice to the public and private sectors about Aboriginal heritage management and maintains the Register of Places and Objects. The department also administers a grants program that provides funding for Aboriginal communities to protect and promote their heritage sites. 

Assisting with compliance with the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972

The Department works with developers and land users to raise awareness and to ensure that Aboriginal heritage and engagement with Aboriginal people are built into development planning processes. In situations where impact to a site cannot be avoided, the Department processes lodged Section 18 notices that seek approval from the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.

Providing access to heritage information

Access to departmental information on registered Aboriginal sites and other heritage places is made available via the Aboriginal Heritage Inquiry System (opens in a new window) (AHIS). The Department can arrange access to specific heritage files and reports as long as they do not contain confidential information, or if they do, appropriate permissions have been sought.

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