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Heritage Items and Conservation Areas

What is a Heritage Item?


A heritage item is something which has been assessed as having at least local significance using the heritage assessment criteria in the NSW Heritage Manual.

An item will be considered to be of State (or local) heritage significance if it meets one or more of the following criteria:

Criterion Detail 
Criterion (a): Historical      An item is important in the course, or pattern, of NSW's cultural or natural history (or the cultural or natural history of the local area) 
Criterion (b): Associational An item has a strong or special association with the life or works of a person, or group of persons, of importance in NSW's cultural or natural history (or the cultural or natural history of the local area) 
Criterion (c): AestheticAn item is important in demonstrating aesthetic characteristics and/or a high degree of creative or technical achievement in NSW (or the local area)
Criterion (d): SocialAn item has strong or special association with a particular community or cultural group in NSW (or the local area) for social, cultural or spiritual reasons
Criterion (e): Research An item has the potential to yield information that will contribute to an understanding of NSW's cultural or natural history (or the cultural or natural history of the local area)
Criterion (f):  RarityAn item possesses uncommon, rare or endangered aspects of NSW's cultural or natural history (or the cultural or natural history of the local area)
Criterion (g): RepresentativenessAn item is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a class of NSW's (or the local area's) cultural or natural places or environments

Every potential heritage item must be assessed against all criteria, but rarely will items be significant under all criteria.

Once the heritage significance of an item is established, Council must undertake the statutory process (including public exhibition and consultation) of amending its Local Environmental Plan (LEP) in order to add the item to the heritage schedule.  This process is called the Planning Proposal process.  More information on the Planning Proposal process can be accessed here (internal link).

There are currently more than 330 heritage items within the Wingecarribee Shire and these are listed within Schedule 5 of the WLEP 2010. These items are also shown on the Heritage Maps associated with WLEP 2010 (available for viewing only on the NSW Legislation website [external link] and clicking on the "maps" link).


What is a Heritage Conservation Area?


A heritage conservation area (HCA) is an area that displays unifying attributes or elements of heritage significance and can include whole sections of towns and villages.

There are 16 HCAs within the Wingecarribee Shire, as listed under Part 2 of Schedule 5 of the WLEP 2010, as follows:

  • Berrima Conservation Area
  • Berrima Landscape Conservation Area
  • Bowral Conservation Area
  • Bundanoon Conservation Area
  • Anglewood Conservation Area (Burradoo)
  • Burradoo Landscape Conservation Area
  • Burrawang Conservation Area
  • Joadja Conservation Area
  • Mittagong Conservation Area
  • The Maltings Conservation Area (Mittagong)
  • Argyle Street North Conservation Area (Moss Vale)
  • Argyle and Browley Streets Conservation Area (Moss Vale)
  • East Street Conservation Area (Moss Vale)
  • Throsby and Arthur Streets Conservation Area (Moss Vale)
  • Throsby Park Conservation Area (Moss Vale)
  • Valetta Street Conservation Area (Moss Vale)

The HCAs are shown on the Heritage Maps associated with WLEP 2010 available for viewing only on the NSW Legislation website (external link) and clicking on the "maps" link.

What is the State Heritage Register?


Established in 1999, the State Heritage Register is a list of places that have particular importance to the people of NSW.  The list includes places that have been assessed as having importance to NSW as a whole and these places can be in either public or private ownership.  Items for the Register are assessed by the NSW Heritage Council and administered by the Heritage Division of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. 

There are currently 40 places within the Wingecarribee Shire that are on the State Heritage Register ranging from Throsby Park in Moss Vale to the Berrima Internment Group in Berrima to the Mount Gibraltar Quarries Complex in Bowral. 

Further information about the State Heritage Register can be obtained from the Office of Environment and Heritage website which can be accessed by clicking here (external link).

More information


For more information on heritage matters, contact Council's Strategic Planning section on:
Telephone: (02) 4868-0888
Email: heritage@wsc.nsw.gov.au

 
Last Updated: September 21st, 2016
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