Stirling Gardens Heritage Management Plan

The Client
City of Perth
Project Team
Flavia Kiperman
Director / Principal - Heritage
Carmel Given
Associate - Heritage
The Project

The City of Perth engaged element to undertake a heritage management plan (HMP) for Stirling Gardens, the state’s oldest public gardens. The main objective was to update the first edition of the conservation plan to address gaps, include a wider range of stories, and acknowledge the significance of the gardens for Whadjuk Nyoongar people.

Our Role

We led a multidisciplinary team consisting of element, UDLA (Landscape Architects), Arbor Centre (Arboriculturist), Barbara Bynder of Karrda (Anthropologist) and Whadjuk cultural authority and plant expert Vivienne Hansen. The project team consulted regularly with the City officers from Parks, Community Development and Heritage.


We introduced, for the first time for the City, an approach that included and articulated the Whadjuk Nyoongar cultural heritage values of the place. This is an emerging movement in Australian heritage practice but has been widely taken up internationally. element leads the way in this approach.

We ensured appropriate insight and consideration into the heritage, landscape architecture, arboriculture and environmental influences of the site. The result is a comprehensive but user-friendly HMP, and accompanying Implementation Plan to guide the future development and use of the space.

What We Delivered
  • Heritage Management Plan
  • Implementation Plan

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