Rural Ararat Heritage Study

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The rural areas of Ararat have a long and diverse history associated with indigenous traditions, pastoral settlement, goldmining, forestry, railway construction, and closer settlement.

The municipality is peppered with beautiful towns and places telling the story of a rich and varied history of the physical development of the municipality since first contact between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. This includes prosperous pastoral leases and thriving small towns that have serviced the district for over 150 years. And this history can still be seen in many of the names of places associated with the region, such as Bayindeen, Yalla ‘y’ Poora, and Barton, and towns like Buangor, Lake Bolac and Willaura.

The Council has recently completed  Stage Two of the Rural Ararat Heritage Study for small townships and rural areas of the municipality.

What is a Heritage Study ?

A heritage study investigates the post-contact history of an area and identifies, assesses and lists places of heritage significance. A heritage study is usually undertaken in three stages:

Stage 1 – Thematic Environmental History

Stage 2 – Research and documentation of places

Stage 3 – Recognition of places in the Planning Scheme

Stage One of the Study – the Rural Ararat Thematic Environmental History –has been completed and established the key themes in the development of the municipality over the past 170 years.

This includes Pastoral Occupation (from 1837); Road and Railway Construction (from the 1840s); Goldmining (from the 1850s); Forest Industries (from the 1860s); and Closer Settlement (from the 1890s).     

Thematic History

Stage Two of the Study, has now been completed, and the 100 of the most significant sites and precincts have had detailed assessment and documentation prepared by Robyn Ballinger of History in the making.

Citations for heritage precincts recommended for the Ararat Planning Scheme

Citations for individual places already on the Ararat Planning Scheme  

Heritage Precinct Policies

Key Findings & Recommendations

If you would like further information or wish to discuss the project please contact Joel Hastings or Paul Melenhorst on 5355 0200.