A draft Heritage Study that has identified
around 500 additional locally-significant historic items in the Coffs Harbour
area will go out for public consultation on Wednesday, February 4, 2015.
The draft ‘Coffs Harbour Community Based
Heritage Study’ provides a history of the area and identifies those places and
items that are characteristic of our specific history. The new additions
include banana-packing sheds, dairy buildings, timber houses, timber bridges and
even fibro holiday ‘shacks’.
“Coffs Harbour’s historic significance is
often misunderstood,” said David Battese, Council’s Group Leader Sustainable
“A commonly-expressed view is that Coffs
Harbour has no ‘proper heritage’ because it lacks grand brick or stone
buildings. This has led to many distinctive local building types being
“Another common belief is that Coffs
Harbour is not old enough to have heritage buildings. To address this, the
Heritage Study has not only focused on post-WWII development, but has also
revisited early historical periods and identified many new potential heritage
The purpose of the public exhibition is to
give the whole community the opportunity to comment on the Study and to have
their say on the final outcomes. Residents whose properties have been included
in the Study will be contacted directly to ensure they are involved in the
The information in the Study will also be
used to help locals and visitors better understand local history through
plaques, walking tours, history drives and events.
The draft Study will be on public
exhibition for four weeks from February 4 2015 to March 6 2015.
It can be viewed via Council’s website by
going to www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/publicnotices