Heritage is an important feature of Newcastle’s built and natural environment. The heritage significance of a place is what makes it special. It can include buildings and places with special historical, cultural, social, architectural, archaeological, natural or aesthetic value.
In New South Wales the responsibility for managing and regulating cultural heritage is split between the state government and local governments.
- The NSW Heritage Council, assisted by Heritage NSW, has responsibility for heritage items of state heritage significance listed on the State Heritage Register, for Aboriginal objects and Aboriginal places, and for archaeological sites and relics of state and local significance.
Our Heritage Strategy (PDF) gives an overview of City of Newcastle’s approach to managing and regulating heritage in Newcastle. It is based on the principles of the Burra Charter and best practice. In particular:
“The Burra Charter advocates a cautious approach to change: do as much as necessary to care for the place and to make it useable, but otherwise change it as little as possible so that its cultural significance is retained.”
The Burra Charter, Australia ICOMOS, 2013
Archaeology and Development
Information for those who are considering development at a property that may have the potential to disturb archaeological relics or impact an archaeological site.
Frequently Asked Questions
Curious about heritage listed places and need to know more? Find answers to frequently asked questions about our heritage items and living in a heritage conservation area.