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Heritage Interpretation works at Mt Kembla Memorial Pathway​

Council is working on a number of key projects, and implementing a range of programs aimed at positive management of our city’s heritage. A few of the key projects and programs are outlined below:

Wollongong Heritage Strategy 2015-2017

Council endorsed the Wollongong Heritage Strategy 2015-2017 in April 2016.

A copy of the strategy can be read or downloaded below:

Wollongong Heritage Strategy 2015-2017

Wollongong Heritage Advisory Committee

In April of 2010 Council re-established the Wollongong Heritage Advisory Committee. The committee’s charter and role is to provide advice to Council on heritage matters. The committee plays a vital role in the management of the city’s heritage and has input to a wide range of Council projects at a strategic/policy level. The committee’s role includes helping with the distribution of Council’s Local Heritage Grant Fund and involvement in the development of heritage festival events and promotions. Projects the committee have been involved in include the development of the Wollongong City Centre Heritage Trail and the plans for the management and conservation of Waterfall General (Garrawarra) Cemetery.

The Wollongong Heritage Advisory Committee includes: Cr John Dorahy (Chair), Cr Vicky Curran, Benjamin Meek, Douglas Boleyn, Sharralyn Robinson, Meredith Hutton, Carol Herben, Annette Williams, Alana Hansell and Mitchell Gordon.

More information is available in the Wollongong Heritage Advisory Committee’s charter.

Heritage Incentives

Council offers a range of incentives to owners and managers of heritage properties.  These are intended to support the conservation of heritage sites and provide a practical means for encouraging conservation outcomes. Details of these incentives are provided below:

Wollongong Heritage Fund

This Council-funded annual heritage grant program provides $30,000 each year to eligible conservation projects. The program is advertised and available to heritage listed property owners or managers.  The program is guided by Council’s Financial Assistance Policy and full details of the funding program can be read on the council Grants and Sponsorships page.

LEP Heritage Incentives Clause

The Wollongong Local Environmental Plan contains a “Conservation Incentives” clause (Clause 5.10(10)). This allows Council to apply flexibility around certain planning controls where a development will allow for the conservation of a heritage site.  For example, this could allow for the use of a building for a purpose that would otherwise be prohibited within a land use zone, provided the relevant requirements are met.

Reimbursement of Development Fees and Charges

Council offers owners or developers of heritage properties a refund of Development Application, Construction Certificate, and in some cases Section 94 Fees for heritage properties, where a development meets certain criteria and standards, and relates to the conservation of a heritage item.  Details of these fee reimbursement criteria and procedures are detailed in Section 21 of Chapter E11 in the Wollongong Development Control Plan 2009.

Free Pre-Lodgement Heritage Advice

Council’s heritage staff are available to provide advice to owners, managers and potential purchasers of heritage properties. This advice may cover future development options and opportunities, maintenance and conservation works as well as other relevant issues. For complex projects where conservation of a heritage site is proposed, a formal pre-lodgement meeting may also be provided free of charge.

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