The Gosford LGA has long been appreciated for the quality of its bushland, waterways and general landscape.
Included in that landscape are surviving areas of cultural heritage that are tangible reminders of our history, and that help us to understand how Gosford City developed.
Heritage consists of the places and objects that we have inherited from the past, and that we want to pass on to future generations. It defines us as a community: it tells us who we are and where we have come from.
The definition of heritage encompasses a large variety of elements, including buildings, streets, towns, relics, landscapes and the natural environment which have historic, scientific, social, aesthetic or spiritual value for past, present or future generations.
The cultural significance of a place is embodied in the place itself - its fabric, setting, use, associations, meanings, records, related places and related objects. It is the aesthetic, historic, scientific, social or spiritual value of a place.
According to the NSW Heritage Branch criterion, an item or place will be of heritage or cultural significance if it:
- Is important in the course, or pattern, of cultural or natural history of NSW (or the cultural or natural history of an area);
- Has strong or special association with the life or works of a person, or group of persons, of importance in the cultural or natural history of NSW (or the cultural or natural history of the local area);
- Is important in demonstrating aesthetic characteristics and/or a high degree of creative or technical achievement in NSW or (local area);
- Has strong or special association with a particular community or cultural group in NSW (or the local area) for social, cultural or spiritual reasons;
- Has potential to yield information that will contribute to an understanding of NSW's cultural or natural history (or the cultural or natural history of the local area);
- Possesses uncommon, rare or endangered aspects of NSW's cultural or natural history (or the cultural or natural history of the local area); or
- Is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a class of NSW's:
- Cultural or natural places, or cultural or natural environment; or
- A class of the local area's cultural or natural places, cultural or natural environment.
A state heritage item is one which has cultural significance for the state of New South Wales and not just the local Gosford area. State heritage items are listed on the State Heritage Register – for example, Rosemount in Saratoga.
How are heritage listings made?
In 1977, the NSW Heritage Act legislated that councils must identify, protect and manage heritage through local planning regulations.
The two levels of statutory listing are:
- The State Heritage Register; and
- The heritage schedule in Gosford City Council's LEP
The majority of Gosford's heritage items and heritage conservation areas were identified in two major heritage studies carried out in 1998 and 2001.
Heritage Advisory Committee
The Heritage Advisory Committee is an expert committee that advises council on policy and heritage matters.
The committee’s primary objective is to provide a forum for communication between the community and council in the interest of protecting and preserving our important heritage assets.
Meetings are held monthly, with the following positions making up the committee:
- Two Councillors (one of whom is the chairperson);
- Four community representatives who have professional expertise, skills, qualifications and experience of council’s heritage;
- Manager Development and Compliance;
- Manager Sustainable Corporate and City Planning;
- Heritage Architect;
- Aboriginal Development Officer; and
- Heritage Program Coordinator.
Committee’s core activities:
- Provide advice/input into council’s strategic planning process to ensure that heritage matters are given due consideration;
- Provide advice to the council on the identification, conservation, restoration and promotion of places of heritage significance in the LGA; and
- Promote community participation in, and awareness of, heritage issues.
For more information, please contact council’s Heritage Program Coordinator on 02 4325 8869 or email firstname.lastname@example.org