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 firstname.lastname@example.org before May 18.
The closing date for comments will be 21 June 2019.