About the Study

Council plays a pivotal role protecting the heritage left to our community by generations past. We aim to balance the Central Goldfields Planning Scheme protecting heritage significance, without imposing restrictions on people and their property.

During 2023, a review of the Heritage Overlay covering much of Maryborough was conducted. The review revealed that the overlay (called HO 206) covers a broad blanket area, including many places that are not of heritage significance.

It is proposed that the single HO 206 be replaced with a number of defined heritage precincts and places, with clear descriptions of what should be protected, and guidelines on how to do this. In some areas it is proposed that the Heritage Overlay be removed altogether.

Affected property owners and others interested in Maryborough’s heritage were invited to review the study and its proposed changes. Feedback on these proposals was collected until 13 December 2023. This will be compiled and presented to Council in 2024.

You can view/download detailed maps, or read an explanation about each of the new areas proposed through the Affected Area tile (below).

The complete report can still be downloaded from the Document Library and you can also watch the video of the public meeting (both on this page).

Council will always offer advice on heritage matters in our Shire.

The Study involves two stages and follows industry best-practice for preparing a heritage review study.

Stage One has been completed. This stage involved a review of the Study area to determine if the single HO206 precinct should be replaced by smaller precincts or individual heritage places to better protect and reflect the heritage character and significance of central Maryborough.

It included fieldwork, research, and consultation with the Maryborough Heritage Reference Group.

Stage Two is underway and includes:

  • Preparation of place citations for each of the proposed new precinct areas, group listings and individual places that explains ‘what’, ‘why’ and ‘how’ the places have local significance.
  • Preparation of local policy and heritage design guidelines to assist Council, owners and managers to care for heritage places.
  • Preparation of the Study report that includes recommendations for making changes to the Central Goldfields Planning Scheme to introduce the Study’s findings. The report will also identify heritage planning and assessment work that Council may wish to pursue in the future, that is beyond the scope of the current Study.

A community Heritage Reference Group has been appointed to provide community and technical input into the Study.

Stage One recommended that Maryborough’s existing heritage precinct HO 206 be replaced by eight heritage precinct areas and two group listings. A further eight individual places (located outside the proposed precinct boundaries) have also been documented and assessed.


  • Civic Square Precinct
  • Commercial Precinct
  • Former Gaol Precinct
  • Park Road Precinct
  • Western Residential Precinct
  • Palmerston Street Precinct
  • Raglan Street Precinct
  • Eastern Residential Precinct
  • Industrial group listing


  • Maryborough Railway Complex
  • Former Maryborough Primary School 404
  • Bristol Hill Corner Store
  • Bristol Hill
  • Methodist and Church of Christ churches
  • Tiverton (Sir Edmund Herring House)
  • St Carlo House
  • Worsley Cottage
  • Main Drain

Place citations have been prepared for each of the proposed new precinct areas, group listings and individual places in accordance with the requirements of the Department of Transport and Planning’s Planning Practice Note 01: Applying the Heritage Overlay.

Citations include a statement of significance that explains ‘what’, ‘why’ and ‘how’ the place has local significance. It also includes a place history, description, comparative analysis, boundary and precinct maps, and grading table that confirms if a property located within a proposed HO boundary is of ‘Significant’, ‘Contributory’ or ‘Non-contributory’ heritage status.

Refer to the Document Library for a draft copy of proposed new precinct areas, group listings and individual place citations.

I am unfamiliar with these terms - what is heritage? Why is heritage important? What is a Heritage Overlay?

‘Our heritage is part of who we are. It’s what we inherit, appreciate today and think is important to protect and pass on to future generations.’ (Heritage Council of Victoria, 2022)

Heritage includes buildings, places, trees, landscapes and our customs, language, and beliefs. It contributes to a ‘sense of place’ and community identity.

Historic heritage places that are the subject of the Study are focused ‘post-contact’ heritage places – this means places that date from the period since first contact between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

Why is heritage important?

Central Goldfield Shire’s heritage places are highly valued by Council and the community for providing a meaningful link to the past and for enhancing the current built environment.

Maryborough’s heritage places are central to the town’s unique goldfields character and distinct cultural identity. These places encompass individual places, heritage precincts or heritage group listings, and include residential and non-residential places, parks and gardens, and infrastructure.

Respect for our cultural heritage involves protecting and conserving places of local heritage significance that have importance to us as a community. The Central Goldfields Planning Scheme is one of the tools used by Council to protect locally significant heritage places.

What is a Heritage Overlay?

Places that have been identified as having heritage significance are covered by a planning control called a Heritage Overlay (HO).

If a HO applies to your property, a planning permit is typically required from Council to (but not limited to):

  • Subdivide land.
  • Demolish or remove a building.
  • Construct a building or construct or carry out works including domestic services, a fence, domestic swimming pool or spa, pergola or verandah.
  • Construct or display a sign.
  • Externally paint an unpainted surface.
  • Internally alter a building (but only where internal alteration controls apply to the heritage place).
  • Carry out works, repairs and routine maintenance which change the appearance of the heritage place or which are not undertaken to the same, details, specifications and materials.

If you have any questions about how the requirements of the Heritage Overlay currently applies to your property, you can arrange a phone call or online appointment with Council’s Planning Department via the contact information on this page.

What do the terms heritage ‘place’, ‘precinct’, ‘group listing’, and gradings like ‘significant, ‘contributory’, ‘non-contributory’, actually mean?

  • Heritage place: is a place that has identified heritage value and could include a site, area, building, group of buildings, structure, archaeological site, tree, garden, geological formation, fossil site, habitat or other place of natural or cultural significance and its associated land.
  • Heritage precinct: is an area which has been identified as having heritage value. It typically comprises a group of properties, buildings and / or structures and their associated land that share or demonstrate common or characteristics such as an historic urban layout, house design or construction period, views, landscape or other features.
  • Group listing (or serial listing): is similar to a heritage precinct in that it contains places that may share common heritage characteristics, however if differs from a precinct because the elements comprising the listing may be spread across a geographic area rather than adjoining.
  • Significant heritage place: a Significant heritage place is individually important at the local level, and a heritage place in its own right. It is of historical, aesthetic, scientific, social or spiritual significance to the municipality. Significant places are typically externally intact and/or have notable features associated with the place type, use, period, method of construction, siting or setting.

When located in a heritage precinct a Significant heritage place can make an important contribution to the precinct.

A Significant heritage place can also be mapped as an ‘Individual heritage place’ with its own HO number, due to being located outside of a precinct area boundary or because it is subject to separate planning controls to protect significant features such as trees, fences or external paint colours.

  • Contributory heritage place: a Contributory heritage place is important for its contribution to a heritage precinct. It is of historical, aesthetic, scientific, social and/or spiritual significance to the heritage precinct.
  • Non-contributory heritage place: A Non-contributory place does not make a contribution to the cultural significance or historic character of the heritage precinct, but is located within the mapped area of a heritage precinct and included in a Heritage Overlay.

When located in a heritage precinct a significant heritage place can make an important contribution to the precinct.

A significant heritage place can also be mapped as an ‘Individual heritage place’ with its own HO number, due to being located outside of a precinct area boundary or because it is subject to separate planning controls to protect significant features such as trees, fences or external paint colours.

Contributory places are typically externally intact but may have visible changes which do not detract from the contribution to the heritage precinct.

If my property is already included in HO 206, will the heritage controls that currently apply to my property change?

If your property is currently located in the existing HO 206 precinct area and the Study has recommended that your property be included in a new precinct area, there may be a change to the heritage controls that affect your property.

The draft place citations identify the significant features that are to be protected and there may be additional controls relating to trees, fences or outbuildings or external paint colours.

Refer to the following precinct area, group listing and individual place maps to confirm your property status:

Refer to the Document Library on this page for a copy of the relevant place citation.

If your property is recommended for exclusion from a new precinct area or has not been included in the list of individual places that this stage of the Study has assessed, it will be identified in the following map:

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Note: the recommendations of the Study will need to be considered first by Council who must decide whether to proceed, which would require an amendment to the Central Goldfields Planning Scheme to change any heritage controls.

Until this happens, the current HO controls that apply to your property will not change.

Why is my property recommended for removal from the Heritage Overlay?

Stage One of the Study involved a combination of fieldwork and research to assess whether places located in the Study area should protected by smaller precinct areas rather than a single HO.

The Study has recommended the deletion of HO206 and its replacement with eight new precincts and two new group listings. There was also scope for identification and assessment of a limited number of individually Significant places located outside of the new precinct and group listing areas. A shortlist was prepared in consultation with the Heritage Reference Group and eight places have been recommended for individual HO protection.

The purpose of the Stage One review was to identify common heritage values (such as development eras, architectural styles or uses) within the Study area and to group properties in logical precinct areas, to better protect and reflect significant heritage characteristics or elements within central Maryborough.

This approach seeks to retain many of the heritage places that are currently subject to HO206, however, there will be some properties that are not located within one of the proposed precincts / group listings and are proposed to be removed from the HO. In most instances, these properties do not meet the threshold for heritage protection.

It is acknowledged that there may be further properties that warrant individual protection beyond those included in the above list. However, the scope of the Study limited the documentation and assessment of additional places, at this time.

Further work will be required to assess and document individually Significant places not included in the Study and this work may be undertaken in a subsequent stage in the future.

Will I be able to have my say about the proposed change to the heritage controls for my property?

Yes. The planning scheme amendment process will provide the opportunity for all affected landowners or occupiers to make a formal submission to Council about the proposed heritage controls.

This may result in an independent panel hearing process if Council and the landowner, or the occupier, do not agree about the heritage controls being proposed over the site or the proposed removal of a property from the HO.

How do I use the Heritage Design Guidelines and Heritage Overlay exemptions documents?

The purpose of the Central Goldfields Shire Heritage Design Guidelines document is to provide both Council, and property owners/occupiers, with clear guidance for decision making. This relates to the conservation and development of heritage places included in the Heritage Overlay across the municipality.

The Guidelines are structured around common themes and include approaches and techniques to guide repair, reconstruction, or new works to Significant, Contributory and Non-contributory places.

The goal of the guidelines is not to prevent change, but rather to assist Council and property owners/occupiers manage change, without diminishing the cultural heritage values of the Shire.

The Guidelines may not provide a solution for every individual design proposal that may arise, but establishes overarching principles that can be used to obtain good heritage design outcomes.

The Guidelines follow the philosophy, principles and processes set out in the Burra Charter, the Australia ICOMOS Charter for Places of Cultural Significance 2013 (Burra Charter).

A copy of the Guidelines is available to review in the Document Library on this page.

Maryborough Heritage Overlay Exemptions

The purpose of the Maryborough Heritage Overlay Exemption document is to set out planning permit exemptions for specific properties included in Central Goldfield Planning Scheme Schedule to the HO.

The document exempts the need to obtain a planning permit for particular works based on common development themes, primarily for properties located in one of the proposed new heritage precinct areas and of ‘contributory’ or ‘non-contributory’ grading status.

This document is to be inserted into the planning scheme as an Incorporated Plan.

A copy of the draft exemptions document is available to review in the Document Library on this page.

What if I have questions or feedback on the content of the draft citations or design guidelines?

Council is running a series of consultation session with Council’s planning staff and the project consultants to provide an opportunity for affected landowners to ask questions or provide feedback on the draft documents.

You can also provide feedback and request information on the Have Your Say page.

Contact Us

Have questions or want to learn more about the project? Contact us below:

Name Raju Mazumdar, Strategic Planner.
Phone 03 5461 0610
Email heritagereview@cgoldshire.vic.gov.au