Guy Applies For An Interim Protection Order On Gough’s Birthplace

Guy Applies For An Interim Protection Order On Gough’s Birthplace

Victoria Minister for Planning Matthew Guy

Interim Protection Order For PM Whitlam’s Birthplace

Victor P Taffa

The birthplace of the late Prime Minister Gough Whitlam has today been given an Interim Protection Order by the independent Heritage Council of Victoria.

Planning Minister Matthew Guy yesterday applied for the Interim Protection Order, under section 56(1) of the Heritage Act.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Yesterday I applied for an Interim Protection Order, under the Heritage Act, for the birthplace of Gough Whitlam.” Mr. Guy said.

“I am advised that the Heritage Council has today made an Interim Protection Order, requiring works on the property to cease immediately.”

“This Interim Protection Order protects the process of assessing an application to have the house added to the Heritage Register. This will allow for a fresh consideration of its cultural significance given Prime Minister Whitlam’s recent passing.”

The power to make an Interim Protection Order under the Heritage Act 1995 is not available to the Planning Minister.

Accordingly, the Minister applied to the Heritage Council, as well as the Executive Director of Heritage Victoria yesterday. Any person may apply for an IPO under the Act.

“As I have repeatedly stated, I had no direct power to intervene in this matter apart from an application process that is available to every Victorian.” Mr. Guy said.

VIC Minister for Planning Matthew Guy

VIC Minister for Planning Matthew Guy