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Have your say about Orange’s heritage

Orange City Council is calling for heritage enthusiasts to be involved in determining which areas, places and items should be placed on the heritage register as part of the Orange Heritage Study Review.
Dates have been set for community workshops and Orange mayor Reg Kidd is encouraging everyone with an interest to come along.

“Community members will work with Council staff to identify heritage significant areas or items in the local government area for consideration to be included as a listed item,” Cr Kidd said.

“During the last review, in 2012, the community came up with another 250 properties to be included.

“The community workshops are one of the first components in the process of forming the heritage study review, followed by professional assistance in site identification and ultimately the adoption of the final Study by Councillors.”

Residents are encouraged to attend the workshops on May 21 at 5.30pm or May 22 at 1pm in the Orange Civic Theatre foyer to:

  •  Learn about the Heritage Study Review
  • Express views on heritage items
  • Provide additional information on heritage items, or
  • Suggest additional heritage items

Cr Kidd said inclusion of properties on the register means more opportunities for land owners.

“Sometimes home owners may get a little nervous if their home is included on the register because inclusion on the register comes with it protections for certain elements of the home.

“But it also comes with it the opportunity to apply for funding to help upgrade and maintain heritage elements.

“Free professional advice on heritage is also available to owners of heritage items, or within conservation areas.

“Home owners won’t be compelled into undertaking onerous restoration programmes, but if they want to renovate, being included on the register opens the doors for a range of services and grants to help.

“This project can make a great deal of difference to the heritage and history of our city.

“That’s why I am asking the community to start thinking about what is of value to them and whether they want to contribute to the future of Orange by protecting its past.”

The workshops will be held by David Scobie, Heritage Architect for Orange City Council.

For catering purposes, please RSVP to Council at before May 18.

The closing date for comments will be 21 June 2019.

Croagh Patrick with fountain

Have your say about Orange’s heritage


  • David Perry says:

    I would like to apologize for not being able to attend these meetings as I will be away but I do wish to have these comments read and recorded at the meeting. I wish to be advise of the outcomes and any further meetings. This whole exercise will mean nothing until the vandalism of historical sites like the Dalton/ Myer building are prevented from happening. There were many historical items that should have been preserved in this site alone. It is more than the private home owners responsibility to protect the history of Orange and Council along with the major developers must ensure better outcomes than the Bing Street Motel mess up which is a disgrace and is not one thing or the other as the history of the site has been destroyed by the ultra-modern box tacked on the back. We have to do better than this and be stronger against the developer greed. Other major towns such as Bathurst and towns throughout Victoria such as Bendigo / Ballarat etc. have managed to protect the historical aspects of the cities and still manage a balanced development. Just having a few feel good meetings for the public will not change a thing until we stand firm and respect or fight for our history. Continually bowing to modern architectural practices and vandalizing historical buildings in the name of progress is not in the best interest of the community or protecting our historical buildings. We must learn to respect our history and be proud to defend what has made Orange the beautiful town it is today.

    • Council Communications says:

      Thanks for the comment. It has been passed on to the team working on the study.

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