Council respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land which includes the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung people. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present and emerging.

Heritage Advisory Service

Council has a free Heritage Advisory Service for properties within an existing or proposed heritage overlay. 

To find out whether your property has a heritage overlay, please visit the Victorian State Government's Planning Maps page Vicplan (mapshare.vic.gov.au).

If you own a heritage property, looking or buy, or renovate, we encourage you to speak with Council’s Heritage Advisor. Council’s heritage advisor can provide you with information on the property's history and how to maintain its heritage. They can also provide advise on any proposed renovations or alterations.  

Please call Strategic Planning on 03 5366 7100 or email info@moorabool.vic.gov.au  

For further information visit the below websites: 

Heritage Advisory Commitee

Council's Heritage Advisory Committee provides support and advice about cultural heritage matters throughout the Shire. The Committee includes representatives from local historical societies and groups, community members, Councillors and Council staff including Council’s Heritage Advisor. 

View the Heritage Advisory Committee Terms of Reference.  

To find out more about the Committee contact Council’s Growth and Development Team via email at info@moorabool.vic.gov.au or call 5366 7100

Victorian Goldfields World Heritage Bid

Moorabool Shire Council along with 14 other local councils, led by the Cities of Ballarat and Greater Bendigo, have partnered to progress a joint bid to secure the UNSECO World Heritage Listing of the Victorian Goldfields. These Goldfields are one of the largest and best surviving landscapes in the world that showcases the worldwide gold rush phenomenon of the nineteenth century. 

The project aims to recognise, celebrate, and present the history of the Victorian Goldfields. This will be achieved by creating a listing of multiple sites throughout the Victorian Goldfields Region that represent the significant values related to the Victorian gold rush. 

A UNESCO World Heritage Listing has the potential to bring economic diversification, jobs, investment and tourism, and raise the socio-economic outlook and livability for cities, towns and communities across the region. 

Find more about the project at: https://goldfieldsworldheritage.com.au/

Moorabool Historical Societies

Moorabool is home to many fascinating Historical Societies running throughout the Shire. 

Heritage Strategy

Our Heritage Strategy 2016-2020 provides a framework to better understand, manage, and protect the Shire's heritage.

View the 2016-2020 strategy document here.

Council has commenced preparation of a new Moorabool Heritage Strategy. The Strategy will replace the existing Moorabool Heritage Strategy 2016-2020. As part of the preparation of the Strategy, a review has been undertaken as to the progress Council has made on the actions identified in the last Strategy was prepared. Consultation has also been undertaken with the community, internal Council departments, historical societies, and Registered Aboriginal Parties (RAPs) to inform the preparation of the new Strategy. Updates will be provided her when the draft Heritage Strategy is available for consultation.

Heritage Studies

Heritage Studies

To recognise the places of cultural and historical significance in the Shire, Council has commissioned the following Studies to identify individual heritage places and heritage precincts.

Amendment C85: West Moorabool Heritage Study

In December 2023 Council adopted the West Moorabool Heritage Study Stage 2A Review. This amendment will introduce the heritage overlay to 106 individual properties and 7 heritage precincts in Ballan, Blackwood, Bungaree, Gordon, Lal Lal, Millbrook, Mount Egerton, and Wallace. Once authorisation from the Department of Transport and Planning is received, Council will exhibit the amendment.