Preliminary 2016-2030 Heritage plan for Ballarat

 

Two years ago, the people of Ballarat were asked to tell us what they think about their city. And they did! In community consultations as part of Ballarat Imagine, the people of Ballarat said, of all the things they value, they love Ballarat’s heritage the most and want to retain it. They also told us that they want Council to show leadership to achieve their vision.

As we move into the implementation of Today, Tomorrow, Together: The Ballarat Strategy (2015) now is the time to respond to the community’s clear message on Ballarat’s heritage by developing a new Heritage Plan to take the city into the future. This plan will outline what the City of Ballarat and others can do to get the best outcomes for the future of Ballarat’s heritage.

This preliminary paper starts the process to deliver a new Heritage Plan for Ballarat for 2016 to 2030. It outlines a range of proposals aimed at achieving best practice care and use of Ballarat’s heritage. Importantly, this paper has been developed using participatory processes with the community and stakeholders internal and external to the City of Ballarat.  All this input is brought together in this document. But we need your feedback.

Further guidance is being sought from the community and a range of stakeholders on the proposals in this preliminary paper. Your feedback will help us to develop a new heritage plan for Ballarat, to care for and use the heritage that is loved so much.

The final plan will deliver the Ballarat City Council’s commitment to develop a new heritage strategy using UNESCO’s Historic Urban Landscape approach (Council Plan 2013-2017 Review 15/16) and helps Council to deliver a number of initiatives in the Ballarat Strategy (2015). 

 


About the Preliminary PlanTop of document.

Developing the preliminary paper

This preliminary paper brings together all past and current work by the City of Ballarat to outline a future plan of action. It builds on Ballarat’s heritage studies (1978-today) and thePreserving Ballarat’s Heritage Strategy(2010), which includes successfully established programs and policies.

More recently UNESCO’sHistoric Urban Landscapeapproach andToday, Tomorrow, Together: The Ballarat Strategy(2015) are being applied in Ballarat. This work underpins the core direction for the preliminary plan. The preliminary plan contains a range of principles and proposals which are demonstrated using case studies, concepts, images and diagrams.

What is heritage?

‘“Heritage” in the broadest sense is that which is inherited’. It is the tangible and intangible legacy that contributes to what makes Ballarat’s people, culture and place distinctive today and what we value enough to hand on to others. In many ways ‘cultural heritage is the reworking of the past in the present’. Ballarat’s heritage is natural (environmental), cultural and historical.

Use of the term ‘heritage’ in this preliminary plan

According to UNESCO’s Historic Urban Landscape approach, the term ‘heritage’ must be broad and inclusive. For example, it includes all of the things that make up Ballarat’s rich, living cultural landscape. This includes our Aboriginal heritage, built heritage, intangible heritage (including that of all the diverse groups of peoples’ heritage that make up our city today), natural heritage (such as Ballarat’s landscape and environment) and all other forms.

It is for this reason that, in most cases, the preliminary paper does not refer to specific types of heritage. Each section is deliberately broad in order to capture the depth and diversity of Ballarat’s heritage legacy today. Unless a specific form of heritage is mentioned, it should be assumed that all forms of heritage are being referred to. 


Achieving the visionTop of document.

The community has told us Ballarat’s heritage is the most important thing they love and want to retain into the future. But how do we do this when we have extensive change projected for the city? We’ve developed a model for guiding change using a new global approach to heritage conservation: it’s purpose built to address these challenges.

The key steps to achieve the vision are: New ways of knowing Ballarat; Incentives and regeneration; Regulatory Framework; Interpreting Ballarat: Telling our stories; Historic collections and public assets. We achieve this through partnerships and collaboration, building our knowledge, applying people-centred approaches and making the most of Ballarat’s opportunities.


Downloads / Have Your SayTop of document.

Download the plan :

 

Have Your say : 

The final plan will deliver the Ballarat City Council’s commitment to develop a new heritage strategy using UNESCO’s Historic Urban Landscape approach (Council Plan 2013-2017 Review 15/16) and helps Council to deliver a number of initiatives in the Ballarat Strategy (2015).

Feedback on this preliminary paper is due on Monday 12 September 2016 and should be directed to:

Online : 

Have Your Say On The Discussion Paper!

 

In Writing : 

Coordinator  Heritage Strategy
City of Ballarat
PO Box 655, Ballarat, Victoria 3353

eMail :

ballcity@ballarat.vic.gov.au

 

 

 

 

 


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