Heritage is important in understanding the history of the City of Swan and the State as a whole. Heritage places can be buildings, structures, gardens, cemeteries, landscapes and archaeological sites. The City of Swan wants to help protect places of cultural heritage significance for future generations so they too will be able to enjoy a rich and diverse cultural environment and understand what came before them.
'Cultural heritage significance' is the aesthetic, historic, scientific or social significance a place has for present and future generations. These values have been defined by the State Heritage Office, and in the preparation of the Local Government Inventory, were used as criteria to evaluate the importance of a place within the City of Swan.