The Central Victorian Goldfields World Heritage listing bid project is a partnership between thirteen local governments, regional organisations, academia and the private sector on behalf of the Central Victorian Goldfields community. This partnership represents almost half a million people, embracing 40,000 square kilometres and 17% of the state of Victoria in Australia. The bid seeks to achieve a World Heritage listing to celebrate the history and heritage of the region.
A message from the region's Mayors, Councillors and Bid Co-Patron The Hon Denis Napthine AO from Australia's historic gold town of Clunes, Victoria, December 2021
We are proud and honoured to have The Honourable John Brumby AO and The Honourable Denis Napthine AO as our patrons for the bid. Both gentlemen have been involved and supportive of this project for many years and share a desire to have the Central Victorian Goldfields recognised globally as the world’s most profound, long-lasting and transformative nineteenth-century gold rush story.
We are grateful and appreciative for the expert skills and knowledge of our strategic advisors who continue to help develop and support the bid. Barry Gamble, a leading UK World Heritage expert has recently prepared a draft Statement of Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) for the Central Victorian Goldfields that highlight why they are the best of the best.
We have developed partnership agreements between 13 local governments and the Victorian Goldfields Tourism Executive (VGTE) to progress the bid. These agreements recognise our common interests and objectives and objectives and demonstrate an unprecedented level of cooperation and commitment. The list of our partners and how we will achieve the vision for the bid together can be found here.