The Blue Mountains has many places of heritage significance. It is important to preserve these places as they help to define what is distinctive about the local area, its people and contribute to community identity.
Heritage items are formally recognised through Local Environmental Plans for local government or through listing by the NSW Heritage Division in the Heritage Register.
The heritage of the Blue Mountains is rich and complex. Council is committed to an honest and inclusive recognition of history, both through respecting the rights, interests and perspectives of Traditional Owners and in the conservation and protection of heritage items of significance to the broader community. These include natural features, industrial and institutional complexes, churches and schools, public buildings and private houses, cemeteries, parks and gardens, archaeological sites and memorials.
We recognise the themes and significance attributed to these heritage items are complex and that aspects of this heritage may have significance to Aboriginal people as symbolic of, or directly related to, the process of colonialism and their dispossession.
Heritage items are formally recognised through Local Environmental Plans for local government or through listing by the NSW Heritage Division in the Heritage Register. We also provide a Heritage Advisory service to Council and other owners and managers of heritage places within the City.
We have produced a Heritage Guide for owners of heritage listed places seeking to learn more about owning a heritage item or intending to make changes to their property. You can download the guide below.
The Local Heritage Assistance Fund is a small grants program which aims to assist owners and managers of heritage listed buildings or buildings of heritage significance to undertake projects that will result in positive heritage outcomes in the Blue Mountains Local Government Area.
The Local Heritage Assistance Fund is co-funded by the NSW Government through Heritage NSW.
Any future rounds of funding will be announced here.
The Burra Charter defines the basic principles and procedures to be followed in the conservation of heritage places.
These principles and procedures can be applied to a monument, a courthouse, a garden, a shell midden, a rock art site, a cottage, a road, a mining or archaeological site, a whole district or a region.
The Burra Charter has been adopted as the standard for best practice in the conservation of heritage places in Australia.
More information: Australia ICOMOS – International Council on Monuments and Sites