Gisborne/New Gisborne and Kyneton Heritage Study

Picture of St Brigids Church - heritage building


This study aims to apply the Heritage Overlay to 44 sites in Gisborne/New Gisborne and Kyneton that have heritage significance but are not currently protected.


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.

Part One - Review of properties with potential heritage significance

Part One of the Study commenced in late 2016. A heritage consultant was engaged to undertake a review of identified properties in the two towns, involving background research and street-level visual assessments.

This review recommended further assessment of those sites that meet National Heritage Convention (HERCON) criteria for heritage protection. The review also identified a number of other sites in the two towns that meet the criteria. In total, 44 sites were recommended for further assessment in Part Two.

Part two - Development of Statements of Significance

The second part of the study is now underway and involves the consultant, Ivar Nelsen, producing a Statement of Significance citation for each site. 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.

Following completion of the draft Statements of Significance, affected property owners will be sent a copy of the statement for their property. Owners will be invited to meet with the heritage consultant and Council officers in September. These meetings will provide 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.

Feedback on the drafts will inform the finalisation of the Statements of Significance citation. The statements will form the core of the Final Report to be presented to Council for adoption later in 2017.

It is intended that this report will form the basis of a future planning scheme amendment that will apply the Heritage Overlay on affected properties. The amendment process will include exhibition of the documents, providing an opportunity for submissions from members of the community.

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.

Further information

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