Heritage

1.Heritage in Queanbeyan-Palerang

Our Local Government Area has many items of both local and State heritage significance, reflecting the rich indigenous and non-indigenous history of the region.

The townships of Queanbeyan, Braidwood and Bungendore in particular are representative of early settlement in the area, driven by opportunities for farming and then by the discovery of gold in the district.  This history is particularly relevant when contrasted with the planned development of Canberra as the national capital during the 1900’s.

Read more about the history of Queanbeyan

Read more about the history of Braidwood

Read more about the history of Bungendore

2.Heritage Listings

Local government is primarily responsible for managing local heritage items in NSW, mainly by the listing of these items in local planning controls (known as Local Environmental Plans or LEPs) under the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979.

These plans contain schedules or lists of properties, buildings, places, etc considered to be of ‘local significance’.  The lists or schedules are statutory lists meaning that the provisions or clauses in the plan relating to these lists can be legally enforced.

The aim of having such lists is to ensure the conservation of items which are considered to be significant to the local community, although the relative level of significance of each item may differ considerably.

Download the list of heritage items(PDF, 107KB)

Heritage items can also be of ‘state significance’ in which case they are listed on the NSW Heritage Register by the NSW Heritage Council under the Heritage Act 1977.  This is also the case for the State listed conservation area that applies to Braidwood and its surrounds.

Link to NSW Heritage Office (OEH) -   http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/topics/heritage

3.Undertaking Development Involving Heritage Items Or Within Heritage Conservation Areas

Minor Works to Heritage Item

Where proposed work is of a minor nature only, owners may request written authorisation to undertake minor works and/or maintenance to a heritage item or a place with a heritage conservation area without consent as provided for under Clause 5.10(3) of Council’s respective local environmental plans (see below).

Significant Works to Heritage

More significant work to heritage items, or buildings within a heritage conservation area, will require the consent of the Council before it can be undertaken.  Applicants are encouraged to begin discussions about any proposed work with Council staff at the earliest instance.

Where useful, homeowners may request a free meeting with Council’s respective heritage advisors who can assist in ensuring any work is done in a manner that maintains any heritage values.

Clause 5.10 of Council’s respective LEPs sets out the provisions in respect of development involving heritage items or within heritage conservation areas.  

View the heritage conservation information for the Queanbeyan LEP.

View the heritage conservation information for the Palerang LEP.

4.Confirming Heritage & Other Planning Information

A planning certificate (also called zoning certificate) under section 149 of the Environment Planning and Assessment Act 1979 should be obtained to confirm the planning details (including zoning and heritage) applying to your property.

A planning certificate will state whether your property is a heritage item or within a conservation area.

You can apply for a planning certificate here. https://www.qprc.nsw.gov.au/Building-Development/Planning-Zoning/Planning-certificates

5.What Assistance Is Available to Owners of Heritage Items?

Heritage Advisory Service

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) offers a free heritage advisory service (jointly funded by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage). Mr Pip Giovanelli and Mr David Hobbes are Council’s current Heritage Advisors.  They are available for appointments on the third Monday of every month.

Local Heritage Grants Fund

In association with the Heritage Branch of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) offers an annual Local Heritage Grants Program to assist owners, property managers and community groups to undertake projects within the Queanbeyan-Palerang LGA.

Funding is available for conservation works on heritage properties and places in the Queanbeyan-Palerang local government area by individual landholders and community groups who own or manage heritage items that are either:

  • Listed as a Heritage Item in Councils respective LEPs;
  • Included in a Heritage Conservation Area in Councils respective LEPs; or
  • Supported by Council’s Heritage Advisors as being of heritage significance.

The grants program usually opens at the beginning of August each year, and once grants are offered, applicants have until the end of April to complete the works.  You can make a time to discuss your proposed project with Council’s Heritage Advisor at any time throughout the year.

For more information regarding these grants please contact our Land-Use Planning Team on (02) 6285 6276.

Special Heritage Fund

Council has also established a Special Heritage Fund to assist owners of churches and buildings owned or managed by community based “Not for Profit” organisations listed in the heritage schedule of Council’s respective LEPs (see links above) to conserve and restore their properties.

Priority will be given to public buildings, churches and buildings owned or managed by community based “Not for Profit” organisations as well as those buildings where there is a clear community or public benefit rather than a private one.  This fund is not available to owners of private properties.

Projects should be for:

  • Physical conservation works including restoration, reconstruction, repair, reinstatement, preservation and maintenance as defined in the Australian ICOMOS Burra Charter and or

  • Fire, safety, access, compliance and upgrading works to meet requirements under the Building code of Australia, the Disability Discrimination Act and Work Health and Safety Act for ongoing use and adaptive reuse

  • Interpretation works that are based on recommendations contained in an Interpretation Plan or Conservation Plan.

Local Heritage Awards

We hold an annual heritage festival during April.  As part of this festival heritage awards are presented to individuals or groups who have made a significant contribution to heritage in the Region.   

Nominations for the Heritage Awards are accepted throughout the year and close at the end of February.   Works completed in the last two years are eligible.  There are cash prizes and certificates for winners of the different categories. 

Further information and nomination forms are available by contacting our Land-Use Planning branch on 6285 6276. 

6.The Benefits of Owning a Property Listed as an Item of Environmental Heritage

Further information on what a heritage listing means to a property owner is available from the publication Heritage Listing Explained - what it means for you published by the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage and available here

7.Further Information

For further information regarding any of the heritage matters heritage discussed above please contact our Land-Use Planning Team on (02) 6285 6276.