Shire seeks heritage listing for museum

Nicola KalmarBroome Advertiser

The future of the Broome Historical Museum will soon be set in stone after the Shire of Broome gave consent to lodge a conservation order to protect the building permanently.

The Shire of Broome as landowner has agreed to a request from the State Heritage Office for the lodgement of the order.

Council chief executive Kenn Donohoe has been authorised to prepare the documentation subject to the SHO meeting all associated costs.

Despite the museum being entered on the State Register of Heritage Protection on an interim basis in 1992, the registration was not immediately progressed to permanent.

Broome Historical Society president Dr Elaine Rabbitt said BHM was not permanently listed because of an administration anomaly.

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“It’s come to light all these years later and now a conservation order is being placed on the museum,” she said.

Ms Rabbitt said the Shire’s consent to the conservation order reflected its acknowledgement of the importance and significance of the building and area, and its support for the museum.

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