Public Exhibition 15 June - 27 July 2020

Heritage Strategy 2020 - 2030

Thanks for the submissions on our draft Heritage Strategy.

Heritage Strategy 2020 - 2030

Have your say on our draft Heritage Strategy

To guide City of Newcastle’s (CN) approach to the management of heritage in the Newcastle local government area over the next ten years we've updated our Heritage Strategy. It is drawn from its parent document the Newcastle 2030 Community Strategic Plan 2018-2028 (CSP) and the Newcastle Heritage Policy 2013.

As the second oldest penal settlement in NSW and birthplace of Australia’s coal industry, our city has a rich portfolio of heritage conservation areas, archaeological sites, heritage listed buildings and places that are recognised and protected for their character and heritage significance. Equally significant, Awabakal and Worimi peoples, descendants of the traditional owners of the land situated within the Newcastle local government area have heritage and cultural ties to Newcastle which date back tens of thousands of years.

Today the Newcastle urban area is home to one of the largest Aboriginal populations in Australia, a diverse community drawn from many Aboriginal language groups which actively identify with, foster and protect their distinctive cultures, beliefs and languages through connection to land and each other. This rich Aboriginal and European heritage is reflected, protected and celebrated by CN's moveable cultural heritage collections, with public exhibitions and performances at our museums, art gallery, libraries and theatres.

The vision for heritage in Newcastle

In 2030, the City of Newcastle will be a leader in local government heritage management by providing outstanding services to the community in a manner which is economically and environmentally sustainable and respects the diversity and significance of local heritage to the people of Newcastle.

The City of Newcastle’s heritage assets will be well managed and presented, reinforcing the city’s attractiveness as a heritage tourism destination and strengthening its reputation as a smart, liveable and sustainable global city.

Ways to have your say

Consultation with the community has told us that moving towards 2030, local heritage needs to be valued, enhanced and celebrated. This Strategy allows us to establish a framework for achieving this vision and to meet our statutory responsibilities for managing local heritage.

The Public Exhibition period closed 5pm Monday 27 July 2020. 

Submission form

Thanks for the submissions on our draft Heritage Strategy. We will now review the submissions and make any amendments before the final Strategy is published.

You can also submit your views via email or mail. 

By mail: Chief Executive Officer | Attention: Tom Smith, Heritage Planner, City of Newcastle PO Box 489 Newcastle NSW 2300
Subject: 'Heritage Strategy - Submission' in the title for emailed and posted feedback.

Note: Writing a submission is one way of sharing your views and opinions with Council. All submissions are considered before making a decision and your submission may be included in a report to Council. If you wish to have information in your submission suppressed, you will need to request this in writing. 


Project timeline

27 July 2020
Public exhibition closes

Contact us

Tom Smith

Heritage Planner

Phone: 02 4974 2000

Frequently asked questions

We would like your feedback to inform CN’s new Heritage Strategy. In particular we would like to know how strongly you agree or disagree with the four suggested principles which underpin the new Heritage Strategy and the which of the objectives, actions and tasks of its Action Table are most important to you for the future regulation and management of Newcastle’s heritage.

  • To provide a strategic framework to guide CN’s management of heritage matters over the next ten years.
  • To ensure CN meets its statutory obligations and community expectations for regulating and managing heritage.
  • To identify actions and services that when implemented are commensurate with the Newcastle Heritage Policy, best practice, legislative responsibilities and community expectations.

The draft Heritage Strategy will be finalised informed by comments received during the public exhibition period. The final version will then need to be adopted by Council before becoming CN’s key strategy document to guide the future regulation and management of Newcastle’s heritage.

Protecting your privacy

The City of Newcastle is committed to protecting your privacy.  We take reasonable steps to comply with relevant legislation and Council policy.
Purpose of collecting personal details: Council is collecting this information to determine the local community’s views and opinions on the proposal outlined.
Intended recipients:  Information provided as part of the consultation will be used as part of the investigation into the proposal, and may be included in future reports on the issue.
Storage and security:  Information provided will be stored on Council's database and will be subject to Council’s information and privacy policies.
Access: Individuals can access data to check accuracy by contacting Council.
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