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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 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 George River Development Control Plan 2021 if you are thinking of making changes to your property.
 

Exemption 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; or
  • Restoring a verandah to its original detail.

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 that Council offers

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

A heritage conservation management plan (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

Each year, 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. 
 
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.

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

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