Heritage Study - Gisborne and Kyneton

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 2016/17 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.

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

Planning Panel for Amendment C118

On 25 July 2018, Council considered the submissions to Amendment C118 and resolved to adopt some changes to the amendment and refer all submissions to an independent planning panel for consideration. The panel hearing was held on Tuesday 18 September and Wednesday 19 September in Gisborne.

The Panel has now completed their report(PDF, 2MB) and made it available to the public, Council is currently reviewing the Panel's recommendations. Council will consider the Panel's recommendations at its meeting of 19 December 2018 and whether to adopt the amendment (with or without the changes recommended by the Panel) or abandon it.

Supporting documents

The following documents provide context for the Panel Report, and include submissions made in response to the proposed amendment, Council’s response to those submissions, and subsequent changes made to the amendment prior to the Panel Hearing. The original amendment documentation, including the Explanatory Report, can be found on the Victorian Government’s planning scheme amendments page

1. Collated Submissions 1-11(PDF, 27MB)

2. Council Report and Minutes 25/07/2018 - response to submissions / request a Panel(PDF, 16MB)

3. Summary of Submissions with Council officer response and recommended changes - as attached to Council Report 25/07/2018(DOCX, 62KB)

4. Gisborne and Kyneton Heritage Study 2017 (with post-exhibition changes)(PDF, 7MB)

5. Schedule to Clause 43.01 Heritage Overlay (with post-exhibition changes)(DOCX, 2MB)

6. Schedule to Clause 21.08 Built Environment and Heritage Policy (with post-exhibition changes)(DOCX, 2MB)

7. Memorandum of Advice: Trees - Station Road, New Gisborne (GJM Heritage 29/08/2018)(PDF, 5MB)

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

If you have queries about Amendment C118 or in the interim heritage controls, call us on (03) 5422 0333 or email strategicplanning@mrsc.vic.gov.au

For information on maintaining or altering a heritage property, contact Council’s Heritage Advisor, Ivar Nelsen on (03) 5421 9676 or inelsen@mrsc.vic.gov.au