What is heritage?

Heritage refers to significant places, objects and stories inherited from the past that are to be protected for future generations. In broad terms, this includes Aboriginal cultural heritage, natural heritage and environmental heritage.

Environmental heritage includes:

  • Built heritage - significant buildings and structures, remnants of built fabric, conservation areas, precincts and constructed landscapes
  • Archaeological heritage
  • Movable heritage
  • Objects part of collections - such as historical artefacts, archives, and fossils

Landscapes, views and settings are key aspects of heritage, particularly in the Blue Mountains.

Why does heritage matter?

The character and heritage of the Blue Mountains is exceptional. There is value in what it tells us about our culture, society and environment both in the past and present, but also in what lessons it can provide us with for the future. 

Heritage is deeply embedded in the process of place-making in our City. Core village areas have historic cues, and many residential areas contain interesting layers of residential development, set against a backdrop of nature reserves, walking tracks and the World Heritage landscape.

Recognition and protection of our unique heritage and culture is an acknowledgement of our respect and care for the places our community calls home. Conservation ensures the continued enjoyment and benefit for future generations.

How is heritage protected?

At a State level, there are three legislative instruments regulating heritage within New South Wales:

Local heritage items and heritage conservation areas are listed in Schedule 5 of the Blue Mountains Local Environmental Plan 2015 (LEP) and managed in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW).

For further heritage information please contact Council on 4780 5000 or council@bmcc.nsw.gov.au.