The City of Kalamunda recognises places it considers have cultural heritage significance for the local community by including such places on its Municipal Inventory of Heritage Places.
A Municipal Inventory is a list of places that, in the opinion of the Local Government, are or may become of cultural heritage significance. The current Municipal Inventory includes individual place records that briefly locate and describe each place, outline its significance and provide a recommendation for the management of its cultural heritage values. The Municipal Inventory also includes a Thematic Framework that outlines the history of the City and is used to assess the cultural significance of places.
The Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990 (the Act) requires all local government authorities in Western Australia to compile, and periodically review and update, a Municipal Inventory. In addition to meeting the requirements of the Act, the Municipal Inventory can assist the City of Kalamunda to:
In 2019 the Municipal Heritage Inventory was updated to include the Heritage Area for the Avenue of Lemon Scented Gums on Welshpool Road East, Wattle Grove.
The Avenue of Lemon Scented Gums consists of two lines of Lemon Scented Gums (Corymbia citriodora) lining the southern (westbound) carriageway of Welshpool Road East for a distance of approximately 450m, with one line of approximately 18 trees along the median strip and another line of trees of 17 trees along the southern road reserve.
Significant community opposition was expressed to the City of Kalamunda over the proposed removal of the trees associated with the construction of slip lane for a Place of Worship at Lot 36 (831) Welshpool Road East, Wattle Grove. Alternate methods of accessing the site were considered in April 2018, which resulted in Council approving an amendment to the development approval and a requirement for the removal of one (1) tree.
In response to the significant positive public interest in regards to the protection of the trees within the heritage area, the City of Kalamunda prepared Local Planning Policy 22 for the Avenue of Lemon Scented Gum Trees so any future development which may impact on the trees must consider the local heritage value.
Council at its Ordinary Council Meeting held on 28th May 2019 resolved to ADOPT the Local Planning Policy (LPP 22) for the Avenue of Lemon Scented Gum Trees (Corymbia citriodora) on Welshpool Road East. (RESOLUTION OCM 109/2019). See below to view the Council Minutes and attachments.