Heritage Publications

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We've produced many publications and documents to assist our community in working towards a liveable and distinctive built environment. This information supports us as we work towards enriching our cultural heritage and our identity.

Primary historical documents including archive material is available from Local Studies at City Library.

Heritage Strategy 2013-2017

The  Heritage Strategy 2013-2017 (pdf), adopted by Council on 25 March 2014, provides a strategic framework to guide Council’s management of heritage matters over the next four years.

Newcastle Heritage Policy

 The Newcastle Heritage Policy (pdf), adopted by Council on 25 June 2013, provides a statement of commitment to the principles of best practice heritage management, and underpins the identification, preservation, conservation, celebration and promotion of the City's rich cultural heritage.

Newcastle Archaeological Management Strategy 2015

The  Newcastle Archaeological Management Strategy (pdf) was adopted by Council on 20 August 2015. It provides a framwork for the management and conservation of archaeological reosources in the Newcastle City Centre. The Newcastle Archaeological Management Plan Review 2013, and the original Newcastle Archaeological Management Plan 1997, are the parent documents that support the NAMS. Both of these documents are available for viewing in the Local Studies Section of Newcastle Region Library. Sorry, we can't upload them as they are over size.

Heritage studies

Our city has a long and proud history of recognising our heritage places. Since the 1980s we have actively engaged with our community to support, identify and protect our heritage, publishing heritage studies and reports to assist in caring for our heritage.

In March 1984, we published the Newcastle Inner Areas Conseration Planning Study, prepared on behalf of Council by Suters Busteed Lester Firth Architects. You can source this in Local Studies. 

In 1988, we followed this with the Newcastle CBD Heritage and Urban Design Study, a ground-breaking urban design guideline which established some important planning principles for the city, such as preserving sight lines to the Christ  Church Cathedral and preserving iconic heritage items such as Customs House, the Court House and the Post Office. It identified heritage listed items, and areas of special heritage significance in Newcastle East and Newcastle West

The City's comprehensive heritage study was prepared on behalf of Council by Suters Architects in association with Dr John Turner, Meredith Walker, Gardner Browne, Dr Damaris Bairstow and Geoffrey Britton. The City Wide Heritage Study was adopted by Council in 1997 and resulted in an additional 350 heritage items being recognised by their inclusion in the Newcastle LEP heritage schedule, and created a management framework for decision makers. 

 City Wide Heritage Study Volume 1 - Pts 1-2
 City Wide Heritage Study Volume 1 - Pts 3-7
 City Wide Heritage Study Volume 3 - Thematic history
 City Wide Heritage Study Volume 4 - Potential heritage items (community nominations)

Please note - Volume 2 is not available on line as it has been converted into the Newcastle Heritage Register. Hard copies are available from Local Studies at City Library.

In 2001, Ecotecture Pty Ltd were engaged to review objections and nominations (heritage listings) to the Newcastle LEP 2003. The final report also contains a review of regionally significant heritage items and new Heritage Conservation Areas. The recommendations were adopted by Council as part of the finalisation of the LEP exhibition process.

 Ecotecture 2001 Heitage Assessment Report (pdf)

In 2005, Ecotecture Pty Ltd were engaged to begin an assessment of the potential heritage items nominated by the community and contained in Volume 4 of the City Wide Heritage Study. The recommendations were adopted by Council and numerous heritage items were gazetted into the Newcastle LEP 2003 in April 2009. 

 Ecotecture 2005 Heritage Assessment Report (pdf) - Assessment of potential heritage items stage 1

Aboriginal Heritage Studies

In the early 2000s, we commenced an Aboriginal heritage study for the Newcastle LGA. In conjunction with the Guraki committee, this Study reveals a rich Aboriginal landscape and very realistic prospects that in many parts of the LGA, including the Newcastle city centre, Aboriginal cultural material is likely to be present under the modern ground surface. We are intending to provide a review of the Study in the 2015/16 financial year, to make sure we provide the best possible management framework to care for our Aboriginal heritage.

 Aboriginal Heritage Study 2005 (pdf)
 Glenrock Cultural Landscape - Aboriginal study (pdf)

Review of Heritage Conservation Areas Report

Council adopted the Heritage Conservation Areas Review Report at its meeting of 28 June 2016.

  Review of Heritage Conservation Areas - Final Report (pdf)

Lambton Heritage walk

The Lambton community have put together this wonderful  Heritage Walk of Lambton (pdf) showcasing the history of Lambton, its people past and present, and its historic buildings. Download the pdf and visit Lambton today to explore its treasures.