Goulburn Mulwaree Council has a say in the NSW Heritage Act | Goulburn Police Station

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The Goulburn Mulwaree Council has called for greater flexibility in adaptive reuse of state and local heritage. The comments are contained in a presentation of the State’s Inheritance Act 1977, which was submitted to parliamentary review. A final report, including recommendations, was released this week. READ MORE: Fencing in Kenmore to guard against further acts of vandalism Council and Goulburn community call for action at Kenmore Hospital site Linda Scott, head of Local Government NSW, welcomed the findings and said that if the recommendations are adopted it will give councils greater powers to manage local heritage and broader incentives for owners of such properties. “Councils in NSW are passionate about our unique heritage buildings and have long called for changes to the 1977 Act to better enable them to preserve and maintain historic property,” he said. “This new report supports our calls for increased funding for local heritage grant programs, the development of a State-led heritage tourism strategy, and the appointment of a dedicated local government representative on the Heritage Council for the first time.” His recommendations include: The Council of Goulburn Mulwaree has expressed disappointment with the Law regarding several sites, including the State heritage-listed Kenmore Hospital and the former Saint John orphanage on Mundy Street, which is part of local heritage. Managing director Warwick Bennett said this week regarding Kenmore Hospital that the laws surrounding compliance violations are not as “dictatorial” as Heritage NSW and its organization would like. A long-term compliance order process has also been implemented for Saint John’s. READ ALSO: Moving forward with rural road improvements In a letter to the editor, Goulburn MP Wendy Tuckerman reiterated her anger in her conversations with Secretary Don Harwin, highlighting “clear inadequacies to properly correct problems with the law”. The parliamentary committee recommended that the Succession Act be amended to provide interim enforcement powers. This will ensure gradual and proportionate responses to order violations. “The Committee is concerned about the evidence for the lack of enforcement action for violations under the Act,” the report said. “For the law to be effective in meeting policy objectives and to be an adequate deterrent against unauthorized work/non-compliance, it must be applied consistently and have consequences for the minority of owners who do the wrong thing.” But Goulburn Mulwaree also wants more flexibility for some sites. Strategic planning business manager Kate Wooll’s presentation noted that the area has several key state and local heritage-listed properties that are vacant and “subject to potential or ongoing vandalism or decline.” “Destruction by neglect is common and a major cause of public concern,” he wrote. “Additionally, owners who are not willing to do the refurbishment/maintenance in a timely manner are sometimes also reluctant to sell the property to other parties who might be willing to take over the business. “This is a problem in itself as a society. May be willing to take action to save buildings/places, but may be held for ransom when trying to buy neglected places.” ALSO READ: A ticket: Labor hats off to upcoming municipal elections. reuse was “almost impossible” due to very high conservation standards. Sometimes it had to be recognized that the ideal outcome was not achieved and compromises needed.Applications for state heritage-listed properties such as Kenmore Hospital were advised that they would be restored through conservation management plans before being sold to another party.As for the incentives, Ms. Wooll said the council already includes an exemption. In the Local Environmental Plan for adaptive reuse of heritage items, however, a government-managed insurance plan for heritage properties, more tax incentives by pension funds surrounding the property or purchase, expansion of the federal government’s Cultural Gifts Program, and a legacy suggested the launch of the initiative plan. ALSO READ: Goulburn Group, Angus Taylor and a verified letter | OPINION The committee recommended that the government improve incentives to make adaptive reuse easier and more feasible for owners of items on the state heritage list, without compromising their integrity. The Council also called for greater recognition of Aboriginal heritage in Law or separate legislation. The committee recommended reform of Aboriginal cultural heritage laws. Ms. Scott urged the government to accept all 26 recommendations. The government will respond to the final report next April. Do you have anything to say on this subject? Send a letter to the editor. Click here for the Goulburn Article

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