Uralla Heritage Study
The gazettal of the Uralla Local Environmental Plan 2012 (LEP) in March 2012 resulted in the loss of higher order protection of the Uralla and Bundarra commercial heritage precincts; hence the NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure provided financial assistance under the Planning Acceleration Local Environmental Plan Fund for the completion of a heritage review.
The last Uralla Heritage Study was undertaken in 1987. Since that time, what is covered by a heritage study has progressed considerably. A heritage item is defined in the standard instrument dictionary as ‘a building, work, place, relic, tree, object or archaeological site’, and heritage significance means ‘historical, scientific, cultural, social, archaeological, architectural, natural or aesthetic value’.
In 2009 Council commissioned Stage 1 for a draft Historic Context Report. It looked at the historic themes for Uralla Shire, including; physical environment; pre contact period; European exploration and occupation 1818-1850; transport and communication; towns and localities, mining and Thunderbolt; closer settlement; and 20th century developments.
Historic Context Report
Stage 2 has included the preparation of a heritage inventory. This included a review of the LEP, and of previous studies. It excluded Aboriginal heritage and the Rocky River Goldmining precinct. Separate studies will be undertaken for these at a future date.
There were 88 places excluded that were identified in previous studies. There are 273 proposed items listed for consideration by Council for inclusion. This includes the current 62 items already listed in the LEP. Also recommended is an extension and an exclusion to the Uralla Commercial Heritage precinct, and 3 new conservation precincts. The existing 4 heritage precincts are:
CO1 - Bundarra (commercial) Precinct (pdf 386kb)
CO2 - Rocky River Gold Precinct (pdf 589kb)
CO3 - Uralla (commercial) Precinct (pdf 540kb)
CO4 – Wollun Village Precinct (Existing) (pdf 231kb)
There are 3 new heritage precincts proposed:
CO5 – Bridge Street South Precinct (pdf 472kb)
CO6 – Queen & Park Streets Precinct (pdf 314kb)
CO7 – Gostwyck Street Precinct (pdf 499kb)
At Council’s Ordinary meeting on 17 December 2012, it resolved to advertise the draft heritage study for public submissions during the period Monday 7 January 2013 until Monday 4 February 2013 and to advise all affected owners individually.
All affected owners will be notified individually, with a copy of the inventory that has been prepared for their property. Council is asking for written submissions until close of business Monday 4 February 2013. For further information or if you wish to make an appointment with Council’s Manager of Planning, Libby Cumming, please contact Council’s Technical Service Department on 67786314.
The report provided by Heritage Planning Consultant Susan Jackson-Stepowski.
Report (pdf 777kb)
Report Annexure (pdf 4,742kb)
Uralla Heritage Inventory Index (pdf 39kb)