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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; 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 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.
 

Useful Links

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


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