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2 February 2015 Coffs Harbour Heritage Study

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 Places.


“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 previously undervalued.


“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 items.”


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 consultation.


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