Rural Ararat Heritage Study

The rural areas of Ararat have a long and diverse history associated with indigenous traditions, pastoral settlement, goldmining, forestry, railway construction, and closer settlement.

The municipality is peppered with beautiful towns and places telling the story of a rich and varied history of the physical development of the municipality since first contact between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. This includes prosperous pastoral leases and thriving small towns that have serviced the district for over 150 years. And this history can still be seen in many of the names of places associated with the region, such as Bayindeen, Yalla ‘y’ Poora, and Barton, and towns like Buangor, Lake Bolac and Willaura.

The Council has recently completed Stage Two of the Rural Ararat Heritage Study for small townships and rural areas of the municipality.

What is a Heritage Study ?

A heritage study investigates the post-contact history of an area and identifies, assesses and lists places of heritage significance. A heritage study is usually undertaken in three stages; Stage 1 Thematic Environmental History; Stage 2 Research and documentation of places; Stage 3 Recognition of places in the Planning Scheme

Stage One of the Study – the Rural Ararat Thematic Environmental History – has been completed and established the key themes in the development of the municipality over the past 170 years.

This includes Pastoral Occupation (from 1837); Road and Railway Construction (from the 1840s); Goldmining (from the 1850s); Forest Industries (from the 1860s); and Closer Settlement (from the 1890s).    

Stage Two of the study has seen detailed assessments and documentation prepared by Robyn Ballinger of History in the Making of 100 of the most significant sites and precincts.

The Council has received the Report of the Panel appointed to consider Amendment C39 to the Heritage Overlay in the Ararat Planning Scheme, which can be viewed below.

If you would like further information or wish to discuss the project please contact:

Veronica Schilling 


Phone: (03) 5355 0200