Council remains committed to protecting heritage


Brimbank City Council has underlined its commitment to the conservation and protection of Brimbank’s rich cultural and built heritage, with the adoption of two updated strategies that will guide its heritage protection efforts.

The Brimbank Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Strategy 2018-2023 will guide Council’s conservation and protection of Aboriginal objects, places and landscapes, both known and unrecorded within the City of Brimbank.

Council also adopted the Brimbank Heritage Strategy 2018-2023 to guide the conservation and protection of the City’s later heritage buildings, places and objects.

Brimbank Mayor Cr Lucinda Congreve said the strategies will help Brimbank Council deliver on its ongoing obligation to conserve and protect Brimbank’s heritage.

“Brimbank has a rich physical and cultural Aboriginal heritage. We also have the heritage established since first contact between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Brimbank in the 1800s.

“These two Council strategies will help us ensure there is adequate protection set in place for known heritage assets and provide for further work to potentially identify unknown heritage,” Cr Congreve said.

Many Places of Significance in Brimbank

Brimbank has 427 known places of cultural heritage significance, which are listed on the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Register and protected through the Heritage Act 2006. Many other places near Brimbank waterways are also rich with traditional places and artefacts - but most of these are not yet mapped or recognised in the Brimbank Planning Scheme.

The Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Strategy 2018-2023 includes improved protection of Aboriginal heritage, through potential amendments to the Brimbank Planning Scheme. The strategy will also provide guidance for the ongoing promotion and appreciation of Aboriginal cultural heritage and traditions.

The Heritage Strategy 2018-2023 will guide Council to conserve, protect and maintain the heritage buildings, places and objects, which resulted from Brimbank’s agricultural, industrial and urban development past, dating from the 1800s onwards.

The strategy builds on the heritage controls in the Brimbank Planning Scheme by identifying projects and initiatives that contribute to heritage protection, restoration and reuse of heritage buildings and sites.

Both strategies were adopted following community consultation. The Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Strategy was also informed by Council’s engagement with key Aboriginal heritage stakeholders.