Blue Mountains City Council



Blue Mountains Local Heritage


Heritage items and places vary in type, value, use and extent. They can be natural, built or archaeological. They can be precincts which include a number of sites and associated roads and landscaping. Or they can be individual sites such as industrial and institutional complexes, churches and schools, public buildings and private houses, cemeteries, parks and gardens, archaeological sites and memorials. Further information on types of heritage places and heritage management is available from NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

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 and its people. They 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.
Council has 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.


Council’s Heritage Management Strategy 2014-17


Blue Mountains City Council adopted a Heritage Strategy in April 2014. Download a copy from the link at right. The aim of the Heritage Strategy is to:

    1. Build on the ‘results’ and ‘actions’ set out by the 2006 Cultural Strategy
    2.  Focus on the aspect of ‘historic heritage’ (ie built heritage, moveable heritage, documentary heritage and local histories;
    3. Address the Heritage Branch publication “Recommendations for Local Council Management”; and
    4. Follow the standard format template for “Heritage Strategy Annual Reporting” established by the Department of Planning.

The Heritage Strategy has been prepared by Council’s Community and Corporate Directorate through City Planning in association with Council’s Heritage Advisor and includes:

    1. Nine key recommendations for heritage management; 
    2.  A broad strategy to follow for each recommendation in order to achieve its intent; 
    3. Detailed actions to implement; and 
    4.  Associated outcomes of the strategy. Reference is also made within the document to existing results and actions from the 2006 Cultural Strategy.

Related Links

> OEH: Publications - guidelines and information sheets

> OEH: Heritage Consultants Directory

> OEH: Heritage Conservation Directory

> Media Release: Council Supports Restoration of Local Heritage Places