The Uralla Shire contains many sites of heritage significance. There are also landscapes with scenic and cultural values, which provide important social, cultural and economic benefits. The need to conserve the Shire’s heritage is important for tourism and for maintaining identity and cultural history.
There are 56 heritage items listed in the 1988 Local Environmental Plan for Uralla. A review of the Shire’s heritage items is presently underway, and the formal list of heritage items could well increase in the future. The Uralla area also has four items listed on the State Heritage Register:
- Former Police Station and Courthouse (Bundarra)
- Phoenix Foundary (Uralla)
- Railway Station Precinct (Uralla)
- McCrossin’s Mill (Uralla).
In addition to European cultural heritage, there are presently 59 important sites of Aboriginal heritage in the Shire, with the potential for many more to be identified. The Aboriginal Heritage Management System is maintained by the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change, and is subject to confidentiality policies to protect sites.
Protecting our Heritage
The conservation and protection of key items of heritage are taken very seriously by Uralla Shire Council.
- The Local Environmental Plan limits and controls development activities that can be undertaken on, or in the vicinity of, heritage items.
- The Heritage Act 1977 provides protection for items listed on the State Heritage Register.
- Aboriginal heritage is protected under Part 6 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (as amended).
Enjoying our Heritage
Uralla township has many interesting heritage buildings. A Heritage Walk has been created so that people can wander around and enjoy the streetscapes. An interpretive guide “Find charm in Uralla” has been prepared to enhance the walk, and copies of this can be obtained from Council or the Visitor Information Centre.