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Heritage Conservation


Heritage, in the form of local buildings, structures and places, plays an important role in our community and:

  • Enhances our local character by providing a connection to the past
  • Provides current and future generations an opportunity to understand, appreciate and value the important aspects of our social and cultural heritage
  • Ensures our community's history and culture is preserved for future generations. 

We have over 300 heritage items and 3 Heritage Conservation Areas (HCA) that are listed in Schedule 5 of Council’s Local Environmental Plans.

A Heritage Item can be a building, work, place, artefact, tree, object or archaeological site. Information about Heritage Items can be found within the State Heritage Inventory.

A Heritage Conservation Area (HCA) is a precinct, streetscape, suburb or group of buildings that have particular heritage values that give it a distinct identity worthy of preserving.
 

Our HCAs include

Refer to our Heritage Conservation Area Assessment Guidelines under the Appendices of the Georges River Development Control Plan 2021 if you are thinking of making changes to your property.
 

When is a property exempt from requiring development consent? (Minor heritage works)

You may not need development consent (DA approval) if the work does not affect the heritage significance of a building, structure or place.

Clause 5.10(3)(a)(i) and (ii) of the Georges River Local Environmental Plan 2021 outlines what work may be carried out to heritage items or properties within HCAs without development consent, such as:

  • Re-painting a building in an original or appropriate colour scheme;
  • Repairing or replacing intrusive windows with appropriate timber framed windows;
  • Restoring a verandah to its original detail; or
  • Installation of solar panels that are not expressly visible from the street and do not involve the removal of important features. 

The Development Consent Requirement Exemption Form must be submitted to Council for approval of minor heritage work.

Please seek advice from our 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 that your works do not need consent. The works must not commence until you receive this written confirmation.
 

Additional services offered by Council

Heritage Advisory Service

Our Strategic Planning team and Heritage Advisor can provide advice on maintenance, restoration and development proposals for a heritage item or property within a HCA. 
 

Register of Heritage Conservation Management Plans (CMP)

A heritage CMP is a document explaining the significance of a heritage item, including a heritage conservation area, and proposing policies to retain that significance. It can include guidelines for additional development or maintenance of the place.

More information can be found on our Register of Heritage Conservation Management Plans page.
 

Heritage Building Grants Program

The Heritage Building Grants Program provides financial support to help conserve heritage listed buildings.
 
Owners of heritage listed buildings are eligible for financial assistance for specific restoration or conservation works on their property.

The 2021/22 Heritage Building Grants Program is now closed for submissions and applicants have been advised of the outcome. The next round of Heritage Building Grants is expected to be offered in the 2023/24 financial year (subject to budget). 
 
For further information, please refer to the Heritage Grant Program Guide or contact us
 

Interim Heritage Order over 80 Boronia Parade, Lugarno

The Minister for the Environment and Heritage under Section 24 of the Heritage Act 1977 has made an Interim Heritage Order (IHO) over the property at No. 80 Boronia Parade, Lugarno, also known as 'Glenlee'.
 
The IHO was gazetted on Friday 28 January 2022.
 
The IHO takes effect from the date of gazettal and remains in force for a period of 12 months unless otherwise revoked.
 
The Minister decided to make a local IHO over 80 Boronia Parade, Lugarno as it has potential local and State heritage values and was at imminent risk when the previous local IHO expired on 14 February 2022.
 
On 24 January 2022, Council resolved to prepare a Planning Proposal to list the site as a heritage item on Schedule 5 Environmental Heritage of the Georges River Local Environmental Plan 2021. Council also resolved to provide all assistance necessary to achieve listing ‘Glenlee’, 80 Boronia Parade, Lugarno on the State Heritage Register.

On 5 July 2022, the Heritage Council of NSW resolved to give notice of its intention to consider listing ‘Glenlee’, 80 Boronia Parade, Lugarno on the State Heritage Register (SHR) in acknowledgement of its heritage significance to the people of New South Wales. Council lodged a submission in support of the listing on 19 July 2022.

The Heritage Council of NSW considered the nomination on 6 September 2022 and resolved not to recommend the listing of Glenlee on the State Heritage Register (SHR) to the Minister for Environment and Heritage. The SHR Committee’s full resolution 1 to 4 is as follows:​

  1. In accordance with section 33(1)(d) of the Heritage Act 1977, has considered the submissions received in response to its Notice of Intention to Consider Listing the item known as Glenlee at 80 Boronia Parade, Lugarno.
  2. Reaffirms its position that the item known as Glenlee at 80 Boronia Parade, Lugarno, is likely to be of State heritage significance; however, considers that further assessment of the natural and Aboriginal cultural heritage values of the site and a potential amended curtilage and site-specific exemptions are required.
  3. Decides not to recommend the listing at this time, with the intention of reconsidering the nomination at a later date.
  4. In accordance with section 33(1)(e) of the Heritage Act 1977, give notice of its decision to persons notified under section 33(1)(a).

Heritage NSW advised that they will continue to work with Council and the owner in this regard.

Further details on the State Heritage nomination can be viewed on the Heritage NSW website.

Further information can be found on the Planning Proposal page for this site.

Update

On 2 August 2022, Council considered a Notice of Motion (NM066-22) on the Acquisition of Glenlee.  A copy of the Notice of Motion and minutes can be viewed below:

On 26 September 2022, Council considered an update report (CCL086-22) on Glenlee, where it was resolved:

“That Council requests Mr James Griffin MP, Minister for Environment and Heritage, to consider an extension of the current Interim Heritage Order for a further 12 months.”

A copy of the report and minutes can be viewed below:

On 6 October 2022, Council wrote to the Minister for Environment and Heritage requesting that the current Interim Heritage Order be extended by a further 12 months in order for officers of the Council and the Department to work together with the owners of Glenlee to ensure that the assessment of the natural and Aboriginal cultural heritage values of the site and a potential amended curtilage and site-specific exemptions are undertaken.

On 7 November 2022, the Minister for Environment and Heritage replied that a further IHO will not be made at this stage.

On 19 December 2022, Council considered a Notice of Motion (NM099-22) on Glenlee, where it was resolved:

(a) That Council notes the advice provided by the Hon. Tanya Plibersek, MP, Minister for Environment and Water in her letter dated 23rd September 2022 to the Hon. Linda Burney MP, Minister for Indigenous Australians, to the effect that funding for the purchase of Glenlee is not currently available as the property is not on the National Heritage List.

(b) That Council investigates the possibility of making an application for Glenlee to be placed on the National Heritage List by the Australian Heritage Council.

(c) That Council investigates what safeguards may be available to protect the Indigenous heritage of Glenlee under Commonwealth legislation, i.e., the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984 (ATSIHP Act); the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999; and the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage (PMCH) Act 1996; and

(d) That the General Manager refer the matter of the site’s Aboriginal cultural heritage values and the possibility of Aboriginal objects held within the house to Council’s Aboriginal Reference Group or a Bidjigal Elder.

(e) That Council continues to urgently seek funding towards the purchase, restoration, embellishment and future maintenance of Glenlee from the relevant state and federal ministers and members.

(f) That the Acting General Manager investigates whether or not access to Glenlee, 80 Boronia Parade, Lugarno by Council officers and Council-appointed consultants, to carry out inspections for natural history and Aboriginal relics, can be authorised by the Minister for Environment and Heritage under Section 148 of the Heritage Act, 1977; and 

(g) That, if the Minister for Environment and Planning authorises Council Officers and Council appointed consultants to carry out inspections of Glenlee, Council requests Mr James Griffin MP, Minister for Environment and Heritage, to urgently consider a new Interim Heritage Order for a period of 12 months, to allow for the inspection of the property to be undertaken, for the purposes of a complete assessment of its Aboriginal cultural and natural heritage values.

A copy of the Notice of Motion and minutes can be viewed below:

On 12 January 2023, Council wrote to the Minister for Environment and Heritage in relation to items (f) and (g) above.  In this letter, Council formally requested:

  1. The Minister’s authorisation under Section 148 of the Heritage Act 1977 for access to the property for the purposes of carrying out inspections for Aboriginal and natural heritage assessment; and
  2. That a new Interim Heritage Order be placed over the property.

Council is yet to receive a response.
 

Useful Links

Heritage FAQ
Heritage Information Session Presentation Slides (2022)
Heritage Webinar Recording (2022)


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