23 February 2015 Heritage Study – Last Few Weeks

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Local residents and property-owners are being urged to take a look at a draft Heritage Study that is currently out for public consultation.


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. It has identified around 500 additional locally-significant historic items in the Coffs Harbour area including banana-packing sheds, dairy buildings, timber houses, timber bridges and even fibro holiday ‘shacks’. 


“There is often confusion over what constitutes heritage value. Character plays quite a large role and that’s one of the reasons why this draft heritage study has identified over 500 places with potential heritage significance value to Coffs Harbour specifically,” said David Battese, Council’s Group Leader Sustainable Places.  


“These places may become part of tourist drives, walks or even festivals, or they might simply be recorded for posterity. But these outcomes are not being decided now – asking the community for input is the very first step. 


“Some places are privately-owned and its common for people to see the word heritage and panic. But this exhibition is not about heritage listing. We want to stress that this is the first of many discussions with the owners of places with heritage value.  


“We also want to dispel some of the myths about heritage. Council believes in a flexible approach to heritage and we actually encourage the use of listed heritage places.  


“Even when a property-owner wants to redevelop, heritage can be a benefit as there are conservation incentives which can make it possible to do a development that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. 


“Heritage value also attracts funding, whether it’s our local heritage fund for privately-owned places or State or Commonwealth funding.” 


The draft Study is on public exhibition until March 6 2015. It can be viewed via Council’s website by going to www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/publicnotices