In 2014, the Whitsunday Regional Council undertook a Local Heritage Study and adopted a Local Heritage Register in accordance with the requirements of Part 11 of the Queensland Heritage Act 1992 (the Act). The Act requires local councils keep a Local Heritage Register of places of cultural significance in its area and will identify and protect the history and heritage of the Whitsunday region for future generations.
The local heritage places not only provide a sense of identity for the local community but reflect the unique history of our region. The places listed below have been included on the register as they reflect the important historical themes of the Whitsunday region such as sugar, mining, settlement and tourism.
Council engaged a professional cultural heritage firm, Converge Heritage + Community (Converge), to undertake the local heritage study. Converge considered the historical themes for the region, examined previous heritage studies, inventories of places and existing heritage registers and consulted with a range of stakeholders to compile the proposed register.
The significance of identified places was assessed using recognised heritage criteria including:
(a) The place is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of the region's history.
(b) The place demonstrates rare, uncommon or endangered aspects of the region's cultural heritage.
(c) The place has potential to yield information that will contribute to an understanding of the region's history.
(d) The place is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a particular class of cultural places important to the region.
(e) The place is important to the region because of its aesthetic significance.
(f) The place is important in demonstrating a high degree of creative or technical achievement at a particular period for the region.
(g) The place has a strong or special association with a particular community or cultural group for social, cultural or spiritual reasons important to the region.
(h) The place has a special association with the life or work of a particular person, group or organisation of importance in the region's history.
Council undertook public consultation on the list of properties recommended for inclusion on the register in June and July 2014.