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 39 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 Gisborne and Kyneton Heritage Study was adopted by Council on 20 December 2017. The final report of the study(PDF, 7MB) captures the study process and the 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. The final list in the Study contains 36 citations covering 39 places recommended for protection under the Heritage Overlay. (One citation covers four railway bridges in the Kyneton area.)

The citation for each heritage place includes photographs and a written description capturing the place’s history and what makes it significant in heritage terms. Guidelines are also provided for sensitively maintaining the site’s heritage values if an owner is considering future work on the site such as renovation, extension or subdivision.

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 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 Gisborne and Kyneton Heritage Study is now being implemented via Amendment C118 to the Macedon Ranges Planning Scheme.

The amendment proposes to introduce the Gisborne and Kyneton Heritage Study 2017 as a reference document to Clause 21.08 (Built Environment and Heritage), and apply the Heritage Overlay on a permanent basis to 38 places identified as having heritage values, on planning scheme maps and in the Schedule to Clause 43.01 (Heritage Overlay).

View the amendment here or visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website 

You may also inspect the Amendment, any documents that support the Amendment and the explanatory report about the Amendment, free of charge, during office hours at the following locations:

  • Kyneton Administration Centre, 129 Mollison Street, Kyneton;
  • Gisborne Administration Centre, 40 Robertson Street, Gisborne

Interim heritage controls

The Minister for Planning has approved heritage controls for the places recommended in the Gisborne and Kyneton Heritage Study 2017 on an interim basis until 26 April 2019. This will allow time for the consideration of Amendment C118, which proposes applying the controls on a permanent basis, to be completed. The controls are the same as those proposed in Amendment C118.

 If you intend on undertaking any building or demolition works on your property, contact Council's Statutory Planning and Building department on (03) 5421 9676 to find out what permit requirements apply.

Further information and consultation

We've developed a document that answers some frequently asked questions about the Heritage Overlay(DOCX, 2MB) or frequently asked questions about the Heritage Overlay(PDF, 129KB)

If you have queries about Amendment C118 or in the interim heritage controls, call us on (03) 5422 0333 or email

For information on maintaining or altering a heritage property, contact Council’s Heritage Advisor, Ivar Nelsen on (03) 5421 9676 or