Daglish has been classified by the National Trust of Western Australia as a place of cultural heritage significance. The classification makes an important statement about the history and cultural heritage values of Daglish, without adding restrictions on development for homeowners.
The National Trust assessment identifies the suburb as having rarity value due to its iconic design and the largely-intact streetscapes of interwar homes. It was the first suburb in Western Australia to be developed in accordance with the principles of the distinctive town planning style known as the Garden City Movement and is the only remaining intact example of this town planning style in the state.
The Garden City Movement came about in Britain as a result of the terrible living and working conditions that were rife after the industrial revolution. The fundamental principles of this movement was to respond to social issues through the physical design of cities and towns.
Wandering around Daglish these principles are evident in the use of curved forms within the street layout, the use of short cross streets which underpin social interaction and the development of close-knit local communities, the many parks and public reserves and the open frontages and low front fences that contribute to the overall garden setting.
Heritage protection for Daglish
The City of Subiaco recognised the heritage significance of Daglish is 2003 when Council adopted the Daglish Conservation Area on the Local Government Inventory (LGI). The LGI is a database of heritage places and has no implications for a property in terms of development.
In 2017, the City of Subiaco proposed that parts of Daglish be designated as Heritage Areas under Town Planning Scheme No. 4. Designating the heritage areas would have introduced special planning controls to conserve and enhance the heritage values of the streetscapes however, as a result of community feedback, the proposed heritage areas were not supported by Council.
Due to its proximity to a train station, Daglish was recently flagged for high density development by the State Government through Draft Local Planning Scheme No. 5 (LPS5). In order to protect the unique character of the suburb, Council resolved to support a modified version of LPS5 which removes blanket density from around train stations and retains the majority of Daglish at its current density.
The City will now work collaboratively with the National Trust to raise awareness and appreciation of Daglish's unique heritage value. For more information on the City’s heritage listings, incentives and assistance measures available to owners of heritage listed properties, visit our heritage information webpage.