Shepherds Hill - Cottage Restoration

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Shepherds Hill forms an important part of the story of Australia's coastal defences and is listed on the NSW State Heritage Register. The fact that the Shepherds Hill fortification was simultaneously manned by members of the Navy, Army and the Airforce for a variety of functions is rare, and possibly unique in Australia.

Cottage restoration

The Shepherds Hill cottage has stood watch over the city from atop King Edward Park since the 1890s with restoration work being undertaken in stages under the supervision of a heritage architect and in accordance with approval from the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH.

Work includes a new roof and plumbing, repair of wooden windows and renewal of cladding, posts and beams and removal of unauthorised extensions included in the   scope of approved repairs (pdf).

Conservation Management Plan

The Shepherds Hill Defence Group Military Installations Conservation Management Plan (CMP) provides guidance for the future management of the site.  It considers adaptive re-use options for the cottage and the whole of the Defence Group. 

A draft Conservation Management Plan (CMP) was prepared and exhibited in October 2018.  Heritage consultants, City Plan Heritage (CPH) finalised the CMP where only minor changes were made to the exhibited CMP.  The CMP was referred to the then Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) for endorsment as the site is State heritage listed. On 16 July 2019 advice was received from the delegate of the Heritage Council to advise that the CMP is now endorsed under Section 38A of the Heritage Act. View the endorsed copy of the   Conservation Management Plan (pdf).