Heritage is a multi-faceted dynamic concept that is often divided
into various elements for management purposes; cultural heritage, built
heritage, natural heritage are some examples. It can be made up of practices
and traditions passed on from parents to children, but, it also resonates with
what has been passed on from family, community and place. It can be an
individual building, a precinct covering many properties, trees, gardens or
natural habitat. Heritage is therefore something quite personal and changes
from person to person, group to group. Our task is to make heritage in all its
forms relevant to current populations so that it is valued, used and
Heritage is useful to establish a sense of place, to convey
meaning, to create community connections, or just simply to be a reminder that
triggers enjoyment and appreciation for our surrounding environment whether it
be rural or urban, built or natural, tangible or intangible. It gives us an
opportunity to be inclusive, to tell stories, to connect people with the past
and to plan for the future.
The Singleton Local Environmental Plan 2013 identifies items and
places of local heritage significance. It also identifies Heritage Conservation
Areas that are areas of land that contain sites, streetscapes, built forms and
subdivision patterns representative of important periods and events in local
and regional history. A full list of local heritage listed items and
Conservation Areas is contained within Schedule 5 of the Local Environmental Plan. There are also a number of State Listed
heritage items within Singleton. State
listed items can be found on the NSW Office of Environment and
For further information in relation to Heritage listed items or
Conservation areas please contact Council’s Duty Planner.
There are certain instances when Development Consent is not
required; however, you should always check with Council prior to undertaking
any works. Where Council is satisfied
that the proposal constitutes minor works, consent is not required. If you think that the works you are planning
to do may be minor, Council should be notified in writing with details to be
provided of the type and extent of works proposed. Council can then advise if it is satisfied
that the proposed works are considered to be minor. Confirmation must be sort from Council prior
to undertaking the works.
Development which would require approval can include:
Demolishing or moving a heritage item,
Altering the exterior of a heritage item by making structural
changes and some changes to the interior,
Disturbing a known heritage site,
Construction works associated with a heritage item or land within
a heritage conservation area, and
Subdivision of land associated with a heritage item or within a
heritage conservation area.
Singleton Council is committed to ensuring that our heritage is
valued, protected, and enjoyed.
There are two types of funding available:
Local Heritage Fund, and
Singleton Mount Thorley Warkworth Heritage Grants.
Council, in association with the NSW Office of Environment and
Heritage, offer small grants to owners of locally listed heritage
properties in order to maintain the heritage of Singleton. A maximum of $2,000
is available through the Local Heritage Fund.
Please not, matching funding is required to be paid by the owners. For example, a project worth $4,000 may apply
for a grant of $2,000 where the remaining $2,000 can be paid by the owner.
If you wish to apply for Local Heritage Funding, please complete
the application form.
The Singleton Mount Thorley Heritage Grants have been provided to
help communities to know, value and care for their heritage. The following
grant categories are available:
Community Heritage Projects - up to $30,000 per project,
Major Works - $10,000 - $30,000 per project (matching funding is required),
Heritage Reports - up to $5,000,
Heritage Emergency Works - up to $15,000,
Education - up to $5,000, and
Technology - up to $5,000
shall be provided on either a USB or CD.
Please note that applications are currently closed, please check back at
a later date for the next round of funding.