Under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, Council has responsibility for identifying the area’s heritage assets and protecting them through environmental planning instruments.
Council’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP) identifies items and places of 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.
There are serious penalties for knowingly harming or destroying items or places identified as being of heritage significance by Council’s LEP. Anyone proposing to carry out an activity which may impact upon the heritage significance of an item, place or heritage conservation area must investigate, assess and report on the harm that may be caused by that activity.