Heritage Victoria

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A Heritage Victoria blue plaque on the Ballarat Town Hall

Heritage Victoria is a Victorian State Government agency responsible for administering the Heritage Act 1995 and supporting the work of the Heritage Council of Victoria.

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Heritage Victoria was formed from the earlier Historic Buildings Preservation Council, itself It is part of the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure. The Heritage Council is an independent statutory authority, which is also established under the Heritage Act. Heritage Victoria's main roles are to identify, protect and interpret Victorian cultural heritage resources, particularly those considered to be of State significance. It provides advice on heritage matters to local and State government, industry and the general community. [1]

Heritage Victoria also maintains the Victorian Heritage Register, and Victorian Heritage Inventory of historical archaeological sites, manages historic shipwrecks and relics. It recommends places on the Heritage Register, administers a permit system for registered places, provides funding for conservation and education. [2] [3]

Heritage Victoria marks some places on the Register with a Blue plaque. [4]

Heritage Victoria has been criticized in the past either for excessive restrictions on what private owners can do with registered places, [5] or for failing to properly protect Victoria's Heritage, for example in the approval of a multistory tower and partial demolition of the Windsor Hotel. [6] However, it has also won awards for some of its work, such as the mobile phone App for identifying and learning about heritage places. [7] It also maintains a publicly searchable on-line database of places, [8] and database of historical objects and archaeological finds. [9]

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References

  1. Heritage Council of Victoria’s submission on the Review of the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act and Regulations, Comments made in response to the January 2009, Discussion Paper Archived 12 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  2. "Conservation of Australia's Historic Heritage Places" Archived 12 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine , Inquiry report 2006
  3. Submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into the conservation of historic heritage places by the Heritage Council of Victoria, October 2005 Archived 13 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  4. Blue Plaques, Department of Planning and Community Development, Victoria, archived from the original on 25 February 2011, retrieved 14 February 2011
  5. 'Heritage hurdle stops $35m RVIB development' Royce Millar The Age, 22 March 2002
  6. Jason Dowling, 'Heritage Victoria under fire', The Age 14 June 2010
  7. 2012 Australian Mobile Awards, Vic-Heritage iOS app - Heritage Victoria/ Heritage Council of Victoria
  8. Victorian Heritage Database
  9. Heritage Victoria's archaeological collection