What is significant?
The Yackandandah Creek Gold Hydraulic Sluicing Works is the most intact site of its type in Victoria. The substantial remains, including water race, delivery pipelines, jet elevator, sluice box and mine workings would belong to gold mining operations undertaken during the 1940s.
How is it significant?
The Yackandandah Creek Gold Hydraulic Sluicing Works is of historical, archaeological and scientific significance to the State of Victoria.
Why is it significant?
The Yackandandah Creek Gold Hydraulic Sluicing Works is historically and scientifically as a characteristic example of an important form of gold mining. Gold mining sites are of crucial importance for the pivotal role they have played since 1851 in the development of Victoria. Mining of high terrace alluvial deposits was a major contributor to the continuation of gold mining after the great Victorian rushes of the 1850s. The technological requirements hydraulic sluicing from the 1860s onwards played an important role in the development of Victorian manufacturing industry. The Yackandandah Creek Gold Hydraulic Sluicing Works is an important manifestation of these facets of gold mining and is the most intact example of a gravity sluice mine in the State.
The Yackandandah Creek Gold Hydraulic Sluicing Works is archaeologically important for its potential to yield artefacts and evidence which will be able to provide significant information about the technological history of gold mining.
YACKANDANDAH CREEK GOLD HYDRAULIC SLUICING WORKS - Permit Exemptions
1. All exempted alterations are to be planned and carried out in a manner which prevents damage to the fabric of the registered place or object.
2. Should it become apparent during further inspection or the carrying out of alterations that original or previously hidden or inaccessible details of the place or object are revealed which relate to the significance of the place or object, then the exemption covering such alteration shall cease and the Executive Director shall be notified as soon as possible.
3. If there is a conservation policy and plan approved by the Executive Director, all works shall be in accordance with it.
4. Nothing in this declaration prevents the Executive Director from amending or rescinding all or any of the permit exemptions.
5. Nothing in this declaration exempts owners or their agents from the responsibility to seek relevant planning or building permits from the responsible authority where applicable.
No permits are required for the following classes of works provided they are carried out in accordance with the provisions of the Conservation Plan For Historic Mining Sites prepared by David Bannear in 1996.
* Mineral Exploration
* Fire suppression duties
* Timber production
* Weed and vermin control
* Public safety