Working Heritage is responsible for the conservation and management of some of Victoria’s treasured places – from the Royal Mint in central Melbourne to courthouses in country towns. Our role is to revitalise these places to ensure they have a purpose now and in the future. Working Heritage is self-funded – all funding for our work is derived from the places in our care.
We see heritage buildings are a resource for rural towns, suburbs and cities; they have special qualities that draw people to them. Their adaptation and reuse can facilitate development of businesses, community activities and support services while their cultural significance contributes positively to the community itself.
Working Heritage is appointed to manage places that are no longer needed for their original function. This redundancy is an opportunity to give buildings new purpose. Our approach is to work with tenants to conserve cultural significance, develop compatible uses and adapt buildings to suit contemporary needs: a family home becomes a restaurant, a mint becomes a museum and a courthouse becomes a theatre. Finding financially sustainable uses for these places enables their continued care.
Working Heritage is a Committee of Management appointed by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978. The committee is supported by Executive Officer, Ross Turnbull, and a small team of staff who manage Working Heritage’s projects and operations.
Strategic Plan, 2016–2018
The Strategic Plan outlines our vision, purpose and strategic priorities for the next two years. Read the Working Heritage Strategic Plan, 2016–2018.