Moorabool Shire Council acknowledges the Indigenous history of its land that was traditionally occupied by and connected to a number of Aboriginal communities. The most notable of these was the Wathaurong Tribe in the south and west, and the Wurundjeri Tribe in the east. In the early 1800s, the Europeans arrived in the area and used the land for pastoral activities. After discovering gold, they used the land for mining limestone and sand deposits.
Heritage Advisory Service
Council has a Heritage Advisory Service for property owners with 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.
Arrange a pre-application meeting
We encourage you to speak with our Heritage Advisor to ensure your property is correctly renovated or altered. You can also receive information on the property's history and how to maintain its heritage.
Please call Strategic Planning on 03 5366 7100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Examples of a heritage property include:
- farm building
- public building
- garden or tree
- drystone wall
For further information:
Heritage Advisory Committee
Council has a Heritage Advisory Committee that provides advice about heritage matters in the Moorabool Shire.
The committee has representatives from local historical societies, community members, Councillors, the Council Heritage Advisor, and Council staff.
Meetings are held on the second last Wednesday every two months.
Want to know more about the committee? Contact Council’s Strategic Planning team via email at email@example.com or call 5366 7100.
Moorabool Historical Societies and Committees
Moorabool is home to many fascinating Historical Societies and Committees running throughout the Shire.
Each one is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich history of the area:
Historical Trails & Sites
You can uncover Moorabool's unique history by exploring our heritage trails and sites.
Enjoy any of the following 4 heritage destinations (with more to be added soon):
Our Heritage Strategy 2016 - 2020 provides a framework to better understand, manage, and protect the Shire's heritage.
View the Strategy document(PDF, 3MB).
Amendment C85: West Moorabool Heritage Study
In September 2017, Council adopted the findings of the West Moorabool Heritage Study, Stage 2A, and resolved to prepare an amendment to introduce the recommended heritage controls into the Moorabool Planning Scheme.
Strategic Planning is currently preparing Amendment C85 which will introduce heritage controls to a number of properties identified within the Study.
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.
West Moorabool Heritage Study (D. Rowe & W. Jacobs, 2016)
- West Moorabool Heritage Study Report (Volume 1, Oct 2016)(PDF, 5MB)
- West Moorabool Thematic History (Volume 2, Oct 2016)(PDF, 20MB)
- West Moorabool Heritage Precincts (Volume 3, Oct 2016)(PDF, 17MB)
- West Moorabool Heritage Study Ballan (Volume 4, Oct 2016)(PDF, 30MB)
- West Moorabool Heritage Study Other Citations (Volume 5, Oct 2016)(PDF, 27MB)