Places identified as having heritage significance in study

July 25, 2017

An aerial photograph taken in about 1941 of Camp 2 Prisoner of War Camp at Dhurringile.

Camp 2 wood etching by Hirschfeild Mack.

The former Camp 2 Prisoner of War Camp at Dhurringile was highlighted as one of the noteworthy places identified in the recently endorsed Draft Greater Shepparton Heritage Stage Study IIC (Draft Study).

The study, endorsed by Greater Shepparton City Council recently, is open for a six-week consultation period after being completed in June.

According to the council, it had identified 182 individual places, including five precincts in Dookie and Murchison, as being of heritage significance.

‘‘The purpose of the Draft Study is to identify places of post-contact heritage significance to Greater Shepparton and to make recommendations for their future conservation,’’ a spokesperson said.

‘‘The Draft Study was prepared to largely identify places of heritage significance from rural areas and the rural townships of the municipality.’’

Other noteworthy places listed on the study included the timber flumes associated with the Goulburn Irrigation Scheme constructed in 1890 in Murchison and the former Murchison Aboriginal Protectorate, which operated from 1840-1853.

The spokesperson said affected land owners would be directly notified, informing them of the Draft Study, and they would have the opportunity to attend one-to-one consultation events.

Greater Shepparton City Council director of sustainable development Johann Rajaratnam said the study had taken two years to prepare.

‘‘It has involved hours of painstaking historical research to identify and research the history of these places from right across the Greater Shepparton municipality,’’ Mr Rajaratnam said.

‘‘This is really important work as it includes towns and rural areas which house some significant heritage for our municipality.’’

Mr Rajaratnam encouraged people to visit the website or look at the hard copy in the foyer of council’s office.

He said all submissions on the Draft Study would be taken into account by council when it would consider the final Heritage Study later this year.

■For more information from the Building and Planning Department, phone 58329730.

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