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The State Register of Heritage Places contains places of cultural heritage significance to Western Australia.
The State Register of Heritage Places recognises a place's value and importance to Western Australia. The State Register includes buildings, structures, gardens, cemeteries, landscapes and archaeological sites and has more than 1,300 places listed in it.
The State Register is managed by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage who is the principal State agency assisting the Heritage Council and provides a place with statutory protection to ensure it is conserved into the future.
The Heritage Act 2018 protects a place of cultural heritage significance. The State Register provide a list of places considered to be of cultural heritage significance protected by the Heritage Act 2018.
The State Register continues to expand, as significant places yet to be registered are progressively assessed by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.
Development and alteration of registered places is subject to a referrals procedure under the Act (for example, planning applications affecting registered places are referred to the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage for advice by the local government concerned).
The Heritage Council may commence legal action against any offence committed under the Act. This includes, inter alia, any damage or removal of things from the registered place, contravention of the protection or repair order. The maximum penalty for these offence is a fine of $1,000,000.
For more information contact the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage on (08) 6551 8002 (in regional areas Freecall 1800 52 4000) or at firstname.lastname@example.org, or see www.stateheritage.wa.gov.au.