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Our heritage helps to tell the story of our past and includes built structures, such as: public buildings; private houses; housing estates; archaeological sites; industrial complexes; cemeteries and memorials; as well as landscapes; social, ceremonial or spiritual associations with places. Built heritage may provide examples of craftsmanship and materials which are becoming increasingly rare.

Physical reminders, most commonly post European settlement, are most commonly identified and understood as they are associated with passage of time, or important people or events. They inform us about our cultural history, connect us with our past, and give the community a sense of identity.

Aboriginal cultural heritage may comprise both physical relics as well as the non-physical or intangible connections to places. These connections may be based on belief systems incorporating cultural, ceremonial or spiritual associations with places and similarly give the Aboriginal community their sense of identity and connection to Country.

Heritage associated with people, places and events is also preserved in collections such as that of the Tweed Regional Museum. Visit the Museum website (external link) for more information.

Heritage listing is not used to stop or inhibit growth. Instead heritage listing is used to identify items and places where there are significant values and to ensure due consideration is given to these values in any development.

It is important to remember that significance does not exist because of heritage lists; heritage lists exist because of heritage significance. As such, just because an item or place is not listed, does not mean that the item or place is not significant and should not be protected.

Tweed Heritage Strategy 2020-2023

The Tweed Shire Heritage Strategy 2020-2023 provides the primary strategic pathway for local heritage management in the Tweed. It sets out Council's approach to the management of built and other non-Aboriginal historic heritage in the Tweed local government area over the next three financial years. It does this by identifying and committing to a set of heritage initiatives to conserve and protect, as well as promote an understanding and appreciation of heritage in the Tweed.

This strategy is applicable to heritage management within the context of Council's jurisdiction in land use and infrastructure planning, compliance and regulation. It draws from and is consistent with higher order strategic plans, including the North Coast Regional Plan and Tweed Community Strategic Plan, that contain directions for the protection and management of the Tweed's Heritage.

Public awareness of the value of heritage management and conservation is ever growing in the Tweed. Over the 2020-2023 period it is anticipated the ongoing promotion of best practice heritage management, through the actions outlined in this strategy, will become even more widely recognised and taken up by the wider community. View Tweed Shire Heritage Strategy 2020-2023 (249kB PDF)

Heritage Advisor

Regular funding provided by the Office of Environment and Heritage has allowed Council to appoint a Heritage Advisor to provide expertise to Council staff and the community, and to establish a Local Heritage Assistance Fund to encourage the conservation of local heritage through financial incentives.

The part-time Heritage Advisor is available in the Tweed for one day every two months. The Advisor provides feedback on development applications and assistance with management of heritage items and properties in the Tweed. The Advisor is available (by appointment only) to provide free advice to owners of heritage items or properties within a heritage conservation area.

Local Heritage Assistance Fund

As part of Council's ongoing heritage management, Local Heritage Assistance Fund grants are available for owners of heritage items and properties within a heritage conservation area listed in the Tweed Local Environmental Plan (LEP).

Grants operate on a financial year timeframe. The 2020-2021 Local Heritage Assistance Fund is closed for applications.

In an effort to minimise personal contact and continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines, the program will be tailored this year targeting a lesser number of higher value projects, with particular emphasis on the creation of Conservation Management Plans for Heritage Items. Even so, any application that demonstrates a good heritage outcome against the selection criteria will be considered.

Interested parties should read the Applicant Guidelines 2020-2021 (604kB PDF) for more details about the program and instructions on how to apply.

Applications must include a completed Grant Application Form (95kB PDF) and all supporting documents, photos and quotes, as outlined in the Applicant Guidelines. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you have any questions or for more information, phone the Strategic Planning and Urban Design Unit on (02) 6670 2503.

Heritage DCP

In 2012 Council adopted the Community Based Heritage Study (CBHS) which, following the inclusion of the recommended items and conservation areas within the Tweed Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2014, expanded the number of heritage items to approximately 130 and the number of heritage conservation areas to six.

The introduction of the additional heritage items and conservation areas has brought about a significant increase in awareness of heritage within the Tweed Shire. Council has prepared a draft Development Control Plan (DCP) Section A18 – Heritage (the Heritage DCP) which provides a strong framework to support the understanding of heritage significance and provides development controls to guide the appropriate alterations, additions and infill development in association with a heritage item or within a conservation area.

The development controls have been prepared based on the Principles of the Burra Charter and seek to conserve the heritage of the Tweed Shire and to minimise the potential impacts on heritage significance.

Following public consultation, Council adopted the DCP Section A18 - Heritage on 4 August 2016. The DCP Section A18 - Heritage became effective on 23 August 2016.

Assessing potential heritage impact

As part of the development assessment process in association with a heritage item or within a heritage conservation area, Council is required to assess and consider the extent of any potential impact to the significance (Clause 5.10(5) of the applicable Local Environmental Plan (LEP)).

Accordingly a Statement of Heritage Impact Assessment (SOHI) is to be submitted where a development application is required.

To assist applicants with the preparation of the SOHI a fillable SOHI Assessment Template has been prepared, which guides applicants through the key questions and assessment requirements.

There is no statutory requirement that a heritage expert prepares the SOHI, however, seeking specialist advice is recommended to provide a suitable level of assessment. All sections are required to be filled in.

Local Heritage Assistance Fund past projects
Heritage Information and Fact Sheets
How do I Find Out if a Property is Heritage Listed?
The Community Based Heritage Management Plan 2012 and Site Cards
Conservation areas
Heritage publications
Aboriginal Cultural Heritage

Museum Office

For more information, please visit the Tweed Regional Museum Website

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