Heritage register open for review

SOUTHERN Downs Regional Council has today released the proposed new Southern Downs Local Heritage Register for public review.

The Heritage Register proposes to protect 412 buildings across the region as unique and important places of cultural heritage.

The buildings were identified in an award winning cultural heritage study conducted by Council as part of the Southern Downs Planning Scheme project.

Jeanette Davis, Strategic Planning Manager at Council, said that feedback from the community during the early stages of the planning scheme preparation process clearly indicated the importance of heritage buildings to the character and appeal of the Region.

“It was clear that people felt it important to protect heritage buildings for both the character of the region and for future generations to enjoy,” Ms Davis said.

“People should now have a look to see if they think the right buildings are listed or if they think a building should be added to or taken off the list.”

Ms Davis said that was particularly so in the Granite Belt area, where there is no pre-existing register under the Stanthorpe Town Plan.

“There are also a few additional buildings in the Warwick area on the proposed new Local Heritage Register than there were on the pre-existing Warwick Shire heritage register,” Ms Davis said.

“If your property is listed, but you think that your place (or any other place on the Register) is not a place of cultural heritage significance to the Southern Downs you can write to Council stating why the place does not have cultural heritage significance.”

Your submission must be received by16 September 2011. Your submission will then be referred to Council’s heritage consultant for advice to Council about your submission and Council will write to you advising you of the decision.

The cultural heritage study is on line at http://www.southerndowns.qld.gov.au/nps/ or you can see a printed copy at Council’s offices at 27 Fitzroy Street Warwick and 61 Marsh Street Stanthorpe.

The Queensland Heritage Act requires that local governments must keep a register of places of cultural heritage significance in the area.

The Act also sets out how properties can be included in the register.

To include a property on the Local Heritage Register, Council must give the owner of the place notice of the proposal and publish a notice in a newspaper listing the places that may be included, giving reasons for the inclusion and seeking submissions about the inclusion.

Council must then consider all submissions and make a decision whether to include the place before giving written notice to the land owner and anyone else who may have made a submission.

Review a copy of the Cultural Heritage Study and the draft planning scheme by logging on to http://www.southerndowns.qld.gov.au/nps/, coming into Council offices or making an appointment Jeanette Davis, Council’s Manager of Strategic Planning. Please see the website or flyers at the Council offices or libraries for the times and places that she will be available.

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