MANSFIELD Shire Council has for some years engaged the services of a heritage advisor to assess and document sites of natural and cultural heritage significance in the shire.
The advisor – Ivar Nelsen – has prepared a detailed list of such sites as part of an amendment (C35) to the Mansfield Planning Scheme, assisted by the Jamieson and Mansfield Historical Societies.
To keep the scope of work consistent with the $25,000 funding grant for the purpose from Heritage Victoria, the consultation was limited to Mansfield and Jamieson, as stage one of the survey.
In September 2014, council resolved to receive the Stage One Heritage Survey, which formed a justification for an amendment to the planning scheme and would exist as an incorporated document within that scheme.
At council’s meeting on February 17, the agenda recommendation was for council to seek from the Minister for Planning authorisation for the preparation and exhibition of this amendment (C35) to the planning scheme and then to place it on public exhibition.
Council, however, resolved to first seek approval of the owners of sites covered in the survey for inclusion in the amendment.