The snapshot below highlights just some of the many heritage issues Council is actively involved in.
Heritage Schedule Review Project
There are currently 490 heritage items and nine heritage conservation areas listed in Wollongong city. Following the finalisation of the Wollongong Local Environmental Plan 2009, Council started a major project reviewing the Heritage Schedule. This review will ensure all listings are supported by a detailed inventory which meets present day standards and that the list remains current, update to date and relevant. This project has received some funding support through the NSW Government’s Heritage Assistance Fund. We’re approaching this project in three stages.
This has been completed and involved the development of a document – Thematic History for the City of Wollongong. This document was endorsed by Council on 1 February 2011. It identifies the key historic themes relevant to city’s history and allows for a deeper understanding of the historical importance and significance of our listed and unlisted heritage sites.
Read or download a copy of the Thematic History of the City of Wollongong by Dr Terry Kass here.
We’re currently working on this stage which involves a systematic review of all listed heritage items. This is a major project and approximately 95 per cent of all our heritage sites have had draft State Heritage Inventory Forms completed. These forms provide a detailed assessment of the significance of each site against heritage criteria and its history, and consider the site in relation to the key historical themes identified in the Thematic History document. Once completed, all the revised inventory forms will be available for anyone to download from the State Heritage Inventory.
The final phase involves community and owner consultation around the draft inventory forms for listed items, and a systematic review of a range of nominated and identified unlisted sites. More detail on this will be provided shortly.
One of the outcomes of this ongoing project will be a series of reports which update the Wollongong Local Environmental Plan. This may include the removal or addition of some sites to the Heritage Schedule, and the correction or updating of administrative matters, such as changes to address details or curtilage boundaries.
Wollongong City Centre Heritage Trail
In June 2013 Council launched the Wollongong City Centre Heritage Trail, which was developed with the support and guidance of the Wollongong Heritage Advisory Committee. The walking trail connects 23 sites throughout the Wollongong CBD and includes some of the city’s most significant and historic landmarks post-European settlement. Sites listed on the trail include the Old Wollongong Court House (1858), the site of Throsby’s Stockman’s Hut (1815-16), St Michael’s Anglican Cathedral (1858), the former Wollongong School of Arts (1862), and the former Government Savings Bank/Royal Bank (c. 1890).
The walk can be started and finished at any point and takes about 90 minutes to complete. The trail brochure is available from Destination Wollongong at the iHub, 93 Crown Street Wollongong or from Council’s Administration Building.
Wollongong City Centre Heritage Trail - A4 print-at-home version.
Waterfall General (Garrawarra) Cemetery Project
Waterfall General (Garrawarra) Cemetery was used from 1909 to 1949 as a burial site for over 2000 tuberculosis patients from the nearby Waterfall Sanatorium, which operates today as the Garrawarra Centre for Aged Care.
Care of the abandoned, and already overgrown, cemetery was handed to Council in 1967. Today, the site has almost completely returned to bushland, and there is currently no public access.
Since 2012, we’ve been conducting research into the cemetery to help us plan for its future management.
To find out more about the fascinating history of this site, including a short documentary film, please visit our page on Council's Have Your Say website.
Heritage Asset Management Planning
Council owns and manages more over 30 heritage listed buildings as well as numerous trees, parks and vegetated areas, cemeteries, archaeological sites, rock pools, monuments and more.
Also under Council’s management are a large number of sites, which are known to have Aboriginal Archaeological and/or Cultural Heritage Significance. Council applies management procedures and consultation processes to ensure appropriate management of these sites.
Council, as part of a broader review of Council’s Asset Management Practices and the Heritage Strategy and Action Plan, is considering how to better manage our Heritage Assets. This review will include the development of a Heritage Asset Management Strategy which will inform our Asset Management Approach for places of Heritage Significance and the implementation of Council’s Infrastructure Management Framework project.