Gisborne and Kyneton Heritage Study

Picture of St Brigids Church - heritage building


The Gisborne and Kyneton Heritage Study was adopted by Council on 20 December 2017. The study includes citations for 36 places in Gisborne/New Gisborne and Kyneton and recommends that the Heritage Overlay be applied to them.


In June 2014, Council adopted a four-year Heritage Strategy that outlines Council’s broad strategic approach to managing its heritage. The strategy includes actions to ensure adequate protection is applied to sites of heritage significance in Macedon Ranges Shire, and to provide guidance for owners of heritage places.

In 2015, Council officers analysed previous heritage studies and databases to identify sites of potential heritage significance which currently have no protection. This analysis identified 201 sites across the Shire that are not protected by the Heritage Overlay or included on the state or national heritage registers.

The assessment concluded that Gisborne/New Gisborne and Kyneton should be prioritised for the preparation of township heritage studies, given the anticipated urban growth in both towns. Council allocated funding in the 2016-2017 budget for the Gisborne/New Gisborne and Kyneton Heritage Study, starting with 44 sites from the list of 201.

Final Report of Heritage Study

The adopted Final Report of the study captures the process of identifying those sites that meet National Heritage Convention (HERCON) criteria for heritage protection. Some of the sites in the original list of 44 did not meet the criteria, allowing a number of other sites in the two towns to be assessed and included in the study.

A Statement of Significance citation was produced for each site that met the criteria. The citation includes photographs and a written description capturing the elements of the site that contribute to its heritage significance. Guidelines are also provided for sensitively maintaining the site’s heritage values if future work on the site – such as renovation, extension or subdivision – is considered.

Affected property owners were provided with an opportunity to provide feedback such as correcting errors or supplying additional historical information, to discuss the project and to ask questions about what it means to have the Heritage Overlay applied to a property.

The final report can be accessed here(PDF, 7MB) .

The Macedon Ranges Shire Council would like to acknowledge the valuable historical information provided by the Macedon Ranges Heritage Council that has contributed greatly to the accuracy and detail of State of Significance citations.

Implementation: Planning Scheme Amendment C118

The adopted study will form the basis of proposed Planning Scheme Amendment C118 that will apply the Heritage Overlay to affected properties. It is anticipated that the amendment will be placed on exhibition in the first half of 2018, providing an opportunity for submissions from affected property owners and other members of the community.

Council has resolved to request interim heritage protection for places listed in the study while the amendment process is undertaken. If interim heritage controls are introduced, they will remain in place in the planning scheme while permanent controls are being considered through the Amendment C118 process. This will mean that you will need to obtain a planning permit for demolition, subdivision or the construction of other buildings and works. A free service is provided by Council’s Heritage Advisor in these circumstances. 

Further information

Enquiries about the project can be directed to Philip Schier, Strategic Planner on (03) 5421 9505 or email