The Gold Coast's heritage places reflect aspects of our local history and culture. They provide a tangible connection to the past. These places form mementos for present and future generations to learn about, understand and to some degree experience the past. Our association with heritage places enable us to develop sustainable communities which people can feel they are a part of.
Our city has many places of heritage value, including buildings, infrastructure, cemeteries, archaeological sites, gardens and urban precincts. The Gold Coast Local Heritage Register, established in 2010, represents an opportunity for the city to bring its colourful history to life, cataloguing all places currently listed in the Local Heritage Register, including places listed on the Queensland Heritage Register.
Maps of listed heritage places are available to download. Alternatively you can download Griffith University’s GC Heritage mobile app to find locations and details of our heritage-listed places and properties using your mobile device.
The best way to protect these places is to ensure they remain in use and are valued by the community. We have an obligation to do this not just for residents but also for the many people who visit the Gold Coast from interstate and internationally. The City provides free advice to property owners, or those intending to own a heritage place, about heritage and character places and how to care for them.
There are currently no proposals to enter places into the Gold Coast Local Heritage Register.
Urbis Australia was commissioned by the City to review known and available literature relating to the financial and economic impacts of heritage listing. Such studies have demonstrated that heritage listing is unlikely to affect property values, both in the present and in the future. In some instances, heritage listing can result in an increase of property value above the median increase in times of a buoyant property market (known as a 'buyer’s premium') and insulate property owners from the worst effects of a downward trending property market.
There may be limited situations where heritage listing can impact on land use rights and this, in turn, may have some effect on property value. Urbis recommended that further research be undertaken to identify when this outcome may occur and identify solutions to mitigate those affects. A copy of the report is available to download.
For further information on the Gold Coast Local Heritage Register, properties listed in the Register or future proposals, call our Heritage Team on 07 5582 8875.