Heritage Publications

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Primary historical documents including archive material is available from Local Studies at City Library.


Aboriginal Heritage Management Strategy 2018-2021

The Aboriginal Heritage Management Strategy 2018-2021 (pdf), adopted by Council on 26 June 2018, summarises previous work completed to understand Aboriginal peoples' association with the land around Newcastle, the current legislative framework that guides the management of Aboriginal sites and current initiatives underway across Council that seek to raise awareness and celebrate Aboriginal culture.  The document includes strategies and actions to ensure ongoing management of that culture in a respectful manner.

Heritage Strategy 2020-2030

The Heritage Strategy 2020-2030 (pdf), adopted by Council on 27 October, 2020 provides a strategic framework to guide Council’s management of heritage matters over the next ten 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 and Studies

The Newcastle Archaeological Management Strategy (pdf) was adopted by Council on 20 August 2015. It provides a framework for the management and conservation of archaeological resources 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 Newcastle Archaeological Management Strategy 2015. Both of these documents are available for viewing in the Local Studies Section of Newcastle Region Library and are also listed below.

Newcastle Archaeological Management Plan 1997, prepared by Suters Architects

Volume 1 Study Report (pdf)
Volume 2 Inventory Datasheets (pdf)
Volume 3 Map and Text References (pdf)
Newcastle Archaeological Management Plan 1996/1997 - map showing location of indicative archaeological sites (pdf)

Newcastle Archaeological Management Plan Review 2013, prepared by Edward Higginbotham & Associates

Volume 1 - Site survey, significance, conservation and management (pdf)
Volume 2 - Inventory (pdf)
Volume 2 - Appendices 1 and 2 (pdf)
Volume 3 - Historical Overview (pdf)

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 Conservation 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)

Heritage walks

Discover Newcastle's heritage buildings and environment at a leisurely pace by taking a heritage walk.