On 16 July 2013, Council adopted the Local Heritage Register (LHR) which came into effect on the same day as a statutory document used for the purpose of Development Assessment. The purpose of the Local Heritage Register is to ensure that the region's places of local heritage significance are protected from inappropriate development and demolition.
The register comprises state significant heritage places and locally significant heritage places. Each place card provides a description of the heritage place, identifies its heritage significance and location and provides a photo of the place. A hardcopy of the register is now available for viewing at Council's libraries and administration centres.
Under the Gladstone Regional Planning Scheme 2015, the register is used for triggering assessable development under the Heritage Overlay. As per the table of assessment a development application is triggered for the following:
If building works are proposed that will not have a detrimental impact or have a minimal detrimental impact on the cultural heritage significance of the place, then a request for an exemption certificate may be applied for, download the request for exemption certificate.
In 2011, Council appointed Converge Pty Ltd to undertake a Local Heritage Study. This study formed one of several specific strategies prepared for the drafting of the Gladstone Regional Planning Scheme 2015. A key outcome of the study was the identification of places recommended for entry into the proposed Gladstone Regional Council Local Heritage Register.
The study recommended 66 places of cultural heritage significance that should be entered in the Register. The places were identified following consideration of historical themes for the region, previous heritage studies, inventories of places (including existing heritage registers) and consultation with key stakeholders.
Part 11 of the Queensland Heritage Act 1992 prescribes the actions that a local government must undertake to adopt, create, add or remove places from a Local Heritage Register. Accordingly, Council commenced the process required under the Queensland Heritage Act 1992. Owners of the identified places, and the public, were formally invited to make submissions on the proposed heritage places and subsequently notified of the outcome of Council's determinations in accordance with the Queensland Heritage Act 1992.
Each year, Council invite the community for expressions of interest to either add or remove places of local heritage significance from the LHR. The review includes public engagement using a variety of media forms and is an opportunity for the community to have their say regarding the Regions places of local heritage.
Anyone at any time has the ability to propose an addition or removal from the LHR. Applications should be made in writing using the Development Services Requests form and lodged either electronically or over the counter at any of Council Office or Rural Transaction Centre.
For further information about development of a local heritage place, please contact Council on (07) 4970 0700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
(07) 4970 0700
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Gladstone Qld 4680