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.

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(PDF, 149KB) 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). You can download the application for minor heritage works here(PDF, 149KB) .

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 10.7 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?

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.

Applications for the Special Heritage Fund for 2019-20 have now closed. We will accept applications for 2020-21 from August-October 2020. More information and the application form will be available on this page.

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.

Applications for the 2019-20 year are now closed. We will accept applications for 2020-21 between August-October. 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.

Local Heritage Awards

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

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

6. 2020 Local Heritage Awards

There are three award categories:

  1. Restoration of a heritage building – commercial or residential
  2. New building design / Adaptation / Heritage garden
  3. Promotion / Contribution to heritage

Nominations close on 1 April 2020 and winners will be announced and presented during the Heritage Festival celebrations on Saturday 2 May 2020 at the Queanbeyan Museum, 10 Farrer Place.


Applicants entering the first two categories should address the following:

  • Buildings works must be undertaken on a locally listed heritage item.
  • Building works must have been completed in the last three years.
  • Works must be sympathetic to the original building fabric and to the context of the surrounding area.
  • Provide for ongoing positive use/reuse of the building
  • Be located in the Queanbeyan-Palerang Local Government Area (LGA)
  • Have received Council approval or be exempt development. 

Applicants entering the third category should address the following:

  • a group or individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the education and/or promotion of local heritage in the Queanbeyan-Palerang LGA.
  • type of contribution - this could include research, photography, recordings, books, restoration of heritage objects or tradesmen involved in restoration work etc.


  • Heritage Award Category 1 winner will be awarded $1,000 cash prize plus a framed certificate.
  • Heritage Award Category 2 winner will be awarded $1,000 cash prize plus a framed certificate.
  • Heritage Award Category 3 winner will be awarded a framed certificate.

You can complete your entry online below or by downloading and completing an application form(DOCX, 148KB).

Click here to view form.

7. Further Information

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