Blayney Shire Council




Heritage consists of those valued objects, places and qualities which we, as a community, have inherited from the past and want to hand on to future generations. Blayney Shire has a diverse heritage which is embodied in those items which are still remaining and can illustrate past human occupation and development of an area.  

The Blayney Shire area has a rich and diversified heritage which encompasses buildings, monuments, gardens, landscapes and archaeological sites in addition to the natural environment and Aboriginal heritage. Aboriginal relics and artefacts are primarily protected under the provisions of the National Parks and Wildlife Act, 1974. Listed heritage in the Shire is mainly European in nature.

How is our Heritage Protected?

The first step in protecting our heritage is to identify items of heritage significance, that the community wish to keep. This is normally done by the preparation of a community based Heritage Study by specialist consultants or by individual heritage assessments.    

The second step, to ensure these identified places are managed and protected, is for the identified items to be placed on a statutory heritage list.  Listing our special places on statutory heritage registers provides a legal framework for managing the approval of major changes so that heritage significance is retained and not diminished.   

There are three (3) main levels of significance and each level has its own heritage list.   

  • Local:
    Items of local significance to an area are listed in a Local Environmental Plan (LEP). This ensures that the identified heritage significance of the item is taken into account if any development is proposed. In the case of Blayney Shire, heritage items are listed in the Blayney LEP 1998. The current listings apply to about 350 items which can be viewed by following the link below.

  • State:
    Items which are of State significance are listed by the NSW Department of Environment and Heritage Council on the State Heritage Register. As of December 2007 only twelve (13) items where on the State Heritage Register. However, you should refer to the NSW Heritage Office for an up to date list.

  • National:
    Items of National significance are listed on the National Heritage List by the Federal Department of the Environment Commonwealth involvement in environmental matters focuses on matters of national environment significance, including World Heritage properties and places of national significance. Each state, territory and local government has a similar responsibility for its own heritage. Two new heritage lists were drawn up in 2003, under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The National Heritage List includes places owned or controlled by the Commonwealth. The villages of Carcoar and Millthorpe are included on the National List, as well as several sites within each village.The National Trust of Australia also has a register of heritage items, but this is an advisory list, rather than a statutory one.  

What does listing mean?

Most items in the Shire are listed as items of Local Significance. If any works are proposed to these items, then the provisions of the LEP need to be complied with. These provisions essentially require that the heritage significance of the item or heritage conservation area be considered when Council is determining a development application (DA).  In submitting a DA, the impact of the proposal on the identified heritage significance of the item may need to be addressed in a Heritage Impact Statement. In some cases, where the item is particularly significant or where significant works are proposed, Council may require the submission of a Conservation Management Plan.  

Heritage Advisor & Local Heritage Fund

The Blayney Shire Council and the Heritage Council of NSW (through the Department of Planning and Environment) have established a free heritage advisory service. These two bodies have also established a local heritage fund, to assist with funding the restoration of heritage items within the Shire. The services are available to residents, property owners and occupiers within the Shire of Blayney. A heritage advisor has been appointed by Council to assist the public on all heritage matters.

Please contact Council for more information about the Local Heritage Assistance Fund. Applications usually reopen in late May of each year.

How to use these services?

If you are intending to make repairs or alterations to your listed commercial premises, home or any other property, are located adjoining a listed heritage item, including those works listed below, it may save you time, money, and achieve a better result, by consulting Council's advisor, and funding may be available to assist.
  • Painting the outside
  • Replacing the verandah
  • Replacing the fence
  • Adding new rooms or outbuildings

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance through State and Federal Government Bodies is available for certain some projects. The Heritage Advisor and Council staff will advise you in this regard.

How does listing affect me as the owner of a heritage property?

As the owner of a heritage property, you are a custodian of an important part of Blayney Shire's history. It does not mean however that you cannot make changes to property. Particularly with buildings, it is recognised that they evolve over time, reflecting changing architectural styles and the changing needs of the various occupiers. However, what is important when proposing changes to an identified item of heritage is to ensure that any work does not affect the identified heritage significance of the item or any adjoining such properties.  Council officers can provide advice on what is significant about your property and can also provide helpful advice from the heritage advisor.

The NSW Heritage Office has a comprehensive list of heritage related publications, many of which are downloadable from its website.

Can I nominate something for heritage listing?

The identification of heritage is an on-going process, with many items yet to be discovered and listed. If you have any information about the history of a place which you think is worthy of heritage listing, then Council would welcome your submission. There is a standard nomination form provided by the NSW Heritage Office and Council requires that this be completed as part of the nomination process. The blank form can be found on the NSW Heritage Office's website.

Community Based Heritage Study

Between 2008 and 2010, the Blayney Shire collaborated with David Scobie Architects to prepare the Community Based Heritage Study (Study) which was adopted by Council in 2011. 

The Study aimed to identify, assess and recommend places for inclusion on the schedule of places of local heritage significance within the Blayney Local Environmental Plan 2012 (BLEP2012) and to make recommendations for the ongoing management and protection of these places.

The new LEP 201 identified approximately 350 heritage items throughout the Blayney Local Government Area, which includes existing heritage items listed under Blayney Local Environmental Plan 1998, and new items identified in the Study.  The LEP also proposed new Heritage Conservation Areas for the town of Blayney and village of Newbridge as well as minor changes/clarification to the boundaries of the existing Heritage Conservation Areas for Millthorpe and Carcoar.

The Blayney Shire Community Based Heritage Study contains the following documents:

1. Community Based Heritage Review, completed by David Scobie Architects, 2010

  • ReadSpeakerIconCommunity Heritage Study (PDF 262.3KB) 

2. A leaflet prepared by the NSW Heritage Office, 'Heritage Listing Explained'

  • ReadSpeakerIconHeritage Listing Explained (PDF 2.4MB) (Brochure)

3. Heritage Inventory List - all Heritage items in Schedule 5 of the BLEP2012.

Last modified: 03 Nov 2020

Blayney Shire Council

91 Adelaide Street, Blayney NSW 2799, Australia
PO Box 62, Blayney NSW 2799, Australia
Telephone: (02) 6368 2104

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