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Heritage Conservation

Heritage plays an important role in our community, enriching our local character by providing a connection to the past. By protecting, preserving and maintaining items and places of heritage significance, it provides current and future generations with the opportunity to understand, appreciate and value the important aspects of our social and cultural heritage.

Local buildings, structures and places with heritage significance are formally recognised by Council to ensure our community’s history and culture is preserved for future generations. Georges River Council has over 300 heritage items and 3 Heritage Conservation Areas that are listed in Schedule 5 of Council’s Local Environmental Plans.

A Heritage Item can be a building, work, place, relic, tree, object or archaeological site that is listed in Council’s Local Environmental Plans and has heritage significance.

Information about Heritage Items, such as their statement of significance, can be found within the State Heritage Inventory.

A Heritage Conservation Area is a particular precinct, streetscape, suburb or group of buildings which has particular heritage values which distinguish it from other places, in which the various elements create a sense of place which is worth preserving.

The Heritage Conservation Areas include:

  • Penshurst Heritage Conservation Area;
  • O’Brien’s Estate Heritage Conservation Area; and
  • Kogarah South Heritage Conservation Area.

Council’s Heritage Conservation Area Assessment Guidelines under the Kogarah Development Control Plan 2013 provide detailed information for property owners who are thinking of proposing changes to their properties.

For more information, please contact Council’s Strategic Planning team on 9330 6400.

Exemption from requiring Development Consent – Minor Heritage Works

You may not require development consent (DA approval) if you are carrying out work which will not directly affect the heritage significance of a building, structure or place.

To make it easier for owners to maintain and repair their properties, Clause 5.10(3)(a)(i) and (ii) of the Hurstville Local Environmental Plan 2012 and the Kogarah Local Environmental Plan 2012 specifies certain development that may be carried out to heritage items or properties within heritage conservation areas without the need for development consent.

The type of work that may apply to this clause is minor work such as:

  • re-painting a building in an original or appropriate colour scheme,
  • repairing or replacing intrusive windows with appropriate timber framed windows
  • or restoring details of a verandah to its original detail.

The Development Consent Requirement Exemption Form is required to be submitted to Council for approval for this type of heritage related work.

Please seek advice from Council’s Strategic Planning team before submitting your application. In some cases, approval under Part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 may be required for the relevant works.

If your request is approved, you will receive written confirmation declaring that your works do not require consent. You may not commence works until you receive written confirmation.

Additional services that Council offers

Heritage Advisory Service

Council offers a heritage advisory service via the Strategic Planning team and Council’s Heritage Advisor, who can provide advice to property owners of heritage items or properties within HCAs on maintenance, restoration and development proposals. For more information, contact Council’s Strategic Planning team.

Heritage Building Grants Program

The Heritage Building Grants Program aims to provide financial support to help conserve heritage listed buildings. Owners of heritage listed properties are eligible for financial assistance for specific restoration or conservation works. Where works are supported, Council will fund up to 50% of the cost of a project (up to a maximum value of $10,000).

Heritage Grants Program Guideline

Council wishes to advise that the Heritage Building Grants Program 2020/21 will not be open for applications, due to there being no funding allocated in the 2020/21 Council budget. Council apologises for any inconvenience caused.

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