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Sirius Apartment Building - 36 - 50 Cumberland Street The Rocks

Decision pursuant to Section 34(1) of the Heritage Act 1977

Sirius Building - 36-50 Cumberland Street The Rocks

I, Gabrielle Upton, Minister for Heritage, have decided pursuant to section 34(1) of the Heritage Act 1977 not to direct the listing of the Sirius Building on the State Heritage Register.

Pursuant to section 34(4) of the Heritage Act 1977 a decision of the Minister to direct, or not to direct, the listing on the State Heritage Register of an item that the Heritage Council has recommended be listed is to contain the reasons for listing or not listing the item. The reasons for my decision are attached.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP
25 October 2017

Reasons for Decision

Background
The Sirius building is located at 36-50 Cumberland Street, The Rocks. The building was built by 1980 and was, until recently, used for social housing.

On 2 December 2015, the Heritage Council resolved to recommend to the Minister that he direct the listing of Sirius on the State Heritage Register (Register). The Heritage Council made its recommendation to the Minister on 14 March 2016 (Recommendation).

On 30 July 2016, the former Minister made a decision declining to direct that the Sirius Building in the Rocks be listed on the Register pursuant to s. 32 of the Act.

On 25 July 2017, the Land and Environment Court declared that the former Minister's decision is invalid and of no effect, and ordered the Minister to make a decision either to direct or not to direct the listing of the Sirius Apartment Building on the State Heritage Register under section 34(1) of the Heritage Act according to law (Judgment).
In these reasons, references to paragraphs, unless otherwise identified, refer to paragraphs of the Judgment, and references to sections are references to sections of the Act.

Matters to be considered
I have been ordered to make a decision either to direct or not direct the listing of the Sirius Building on the Register under section 34(1). As the Court explained, my decision must be referable to the Heritage Council's recommendation (Judgment, paragraphs 99-100).

I cannot decide to direct a listing without having satisfied the requirements of section 32(1) of the Act. In addition to having received a recommendation from the Heritage Council that the item be listed, section 32 requires that I consider:
a.the recommendation of the Heritage Council that the item should be listed;
b.whether the long-term conservation of the item is necessary;
c.whether the listing would render the item incapable of reasonable or economic use; and
d.whether the listing would cause undue financial hardship to the owner, mortgagee or lessee of the item or the land on which the item is situated.

In considering the Recommendation, I must consider those matters arising from sections 33(1)(d), 33(3) and 33(4) of the Act, being the matters which were taken into account by the Heritage Council in making its recommendation (Judgment, paragraphs 102-103). These matters include the criteria approved as referred to in section 4A for determining whether an item is of State heritage significance (section 33(3)(a)). Under section 33(3)(a), the Heritage Council must not make a decision to recommend the listing of an item on the Register unless it considers that the item satisfies more than one of the following criteria approved as referred to in section 4A for determining whether an item is of State heritage significance:
a. an item is important in the course, or pattern, of NSW's cultural or natural history;
b. an item has strong or special association with the life or works of a person, or group of person, of importance in NSW's cultural or natural history.
c. an item is important in demonstrating aesthetic characteristics and/or a high degree of creative or technical achievement in NSW.
d. an item has strong or special association with a particular community or cultural group in NSW for social, cultural or spiritual reasons.
e. an item has potential to yield information that will contribute to an understanding of NSW's cultural or natural history;
f. an item possesses uncommon, rare or endangered aspects of NSW's cultural or natural history.
g. an item is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a class of NSW's
*cultural or natural places
*cultural or natural environments.
If an item satisfies only one of those criteria, the item must be of such particular significance that it should be listed.
State heritage significance in relation to a building means significance to the State in relation to the historical, scientific, cultural, social, archaeological, architectural, natural or aesthetic value of the item (section 4A(1)).

Consideration
I have before me the Recommendation, and the submissions to the Heritage Council under section 33(1)(d). I have given careful consideration to this material and to the matters I am required to consider, including the criteria set out in section 4A and the State Heritage Criteria.

After considering the recommendation of the Heritage Council and the submissions in response to public notification, I note the following:
1.The Heritage Council only recommended listing on the grounds of aesthetics (c) and rarity (f), although many submissions also advocated for other grounds. Given the divergent views expressed on these other grounds by submissions for and against listing - particularly on the significance of the Sirius building as an outcome of the green bans (and whether its relevance was state-wide or only local), and the relevance of the building to the work of participants in the green ban, I agree with the Heritage Council's decision not to recommend on these other grounds.

2.While the nomination and recommendation cites the building as a 'fine' example of late brutalist architecture, there are contrary expert opinions that the design of the building is not considered innovative or unique, nor did it have a lasting influence on building design or social housing either domestically or internationally. I note one of the experts commissioned by the Heritage Council agreed the elements of the building (off form concrete and precast concrete windows) are "not of especial technical significance in their own right".

3.Similarly, while the Heritage Council identified it as a representation of an important move by the Housing Commission in the mid 1970's away from modernist ideals of towers towards solutions that involved community participation and the placement of such housing and retention of long time low income residents in historic inner urban precincts, a number of the contrary submissions and expert reports argue that it was not the only (or earliest) example of brutalist architecture in the social housing estate, that this approach has not had a lasting impact and there are other (and earlier) examples of retaining low income residents in inner urban precincts.

The two criteria upon which the Heritage Council made the Recommendation were (c) - aesthetic values and (f) - rarity. I will address each of these in turn.

Aesthetic value - the item is important in demonstrating aesthetic characteristics and/or a high degree of creative or technical achievement in NSW

It is difficult to objectively assess a value which necessarily involves a subjective component. There are differing views in relation to whether or not the Sirius Building is of aesthetic value at all, and the nature of that value. The views expressed are, on occasions, quite polarised, which is understandable given the nature of the building and its location. The design of the building has been the subject of much commentary, both positive and negative.

It is not my role to decide if the Sirius Building is aesthetically "good" or "bad". My role is to decide whether the building has aesthetic value and, if so, whether that value is such as to satisfy the criterion at a state level. There has been a mixed reaction to the aesthetics of the Sirius Building throughout its history.

Some submissions highlight the Sirius Building as being a fine example of the late Brutalist style of architecture. However, there are also submissions which note that the building may not have been consciously designed in the Brutalist style and that, in any event, the building was not an influential example of that style.

Other material notes that the Sirius Building is a landmark in Sydney Harbour, bookending the Opera House and providing an entrance marker to the city from the Harbour Bridge. While the Sirius Building is distinctive, in my view, it is not a landmark worthy of State heritage protection.

On balance, I do not believe that that the Sirius Building is important in demonstrating aesthetic characteristics and/or a high degree of creative or technical achievement in NSW, and this criterion is not met.

Rarity - the item possesses uncommon, rare or endangered aspects of NSW's cultural or natural history
The Heritage Council consideration of listing report at page 16 states that the Sirius Building is "one of only two examples makes the building rare, regardless of the perceived success or otherwise of the subsequent career of the architect." The Heritage Council considered that a rare combination of events, including green bans and development pressure on low income residents, resulted in the development of a brutalist public housing building in the Rocks. While this may be an uncommon combination of circumstances it does not mean the building has heritage significance for the state of NSW.

It is important to consider "rarity" in the context of the published criteria, that is, whether the building possesses uncommon, rare or endangered aspects of NSW's cultural or natural history. Having carefully considered the material before me on balance I am not convinced that these requirements are met.

One of the submissions refers to the Sirius Building as being a "rare and intact example of late Brutalist architecture as applied to an apartment building dedicated to social housing". I accept this may be the case. However, I am of the view that being an example of the use of Brutalist architecture in public housing is not of sufficient importance to NSW to constitute listing the Sirius Building. I am assisted in coming to this view by the submissions which highlight that there are other intact examples of 20th Century public housing, and other examples of Brutalist architecture in New South Wales.
Having considered those two criteria, I am of the view that the Sirius Building is not of State heritage significance.

I have also considered the matters set out in section 33(4) of the Act, and have concluded as follows:
(a)whether the long-term conservation of the item is necessary:
In my opinion, long term conservation of the item is not necessary.

(b)whether the listing would render the item incapable of reasonable or economic use:
In my opinion, listing would limit the reasonable or economic use of the building, but would not render it incapable of reasonable or economic use.

(c)whether the listing would cause undue financial hardship to the owner, mortgagee or lessee of the item or the land on which the item is situated:
I note the potential financial impact of a direction that the building be listed on the Register, or that such a direction is not made. Noting the guidance provided by the Judgment, I cannot determine whether the financial impact of a decision to list the building would result in undue financial hardship in these circumstances.

Having considered the material before me, and reached the conclusions set out above, I have determined not to direct the listing of the Sirius Apartment Building on the Register.

 

Cliefden Caves Area - Natural and Cultural Landscape - Mandurama

SHR No. 01996

Cliefden Caves Area Natural and Cultural Landscape is of state significance for its importance in the geological evolution of NSW. The area contains the best exposures of Late Ordovician island marine invertebrate fossil assemblages in Australia and are recognised internationally. The Cliefden Caves karst system is one of the most cavernous limestone areas in New South Wales and contains 67 recorded caves with more than 120 karst features including extremely rare blue speleothems. The cultural values of the place are associated with evidence of Aboriginal occupation from 6,000 years ago to the present day and with the 1830s Cliefden Estate.

The Cliefden Caves Area -Natural and Cultural Landscape is an outstanding resource with potential for research in all the areas of study outlined above which would contribute to the understanding of the natural and cultural history of NSW.
a. Listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance.
b. Listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage.
c. Listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP
28 August 2017

 

South Head General Cemetery - 793 Old South Head Road Vaucluse

SHR No 01991

a. South Head General Cemetery is considered to be of state significance with its distinctive landscape character setting it apart from other general cemeteries of its age and size and its absence of denominational or religious sections is rare. The state heritage significance is enhanced through its association with a number of high-achieving and notable people from across NSW, Australia and the world

b. Listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance.

c. Listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage.

d. Listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP
21 August 2017

 

Gledswood - 900 Camden Valley Way Gledswood Hills

SHR No. 01692 - curtilage revision

Reasons for the curtilage revision of Gledswood on the SHR:
a. Gledswood is an early 19th century farm estate with an outstanding colonial garden and is associated with the early development of Australia's wine industry.

b. The removal of Lot 1203 DP1187381 from the curtilage of Gledswood will not have an adverse impact on the heritage values of the Gledswood estate.

c. Revising the curtilage is consistent with the Heritage Agreement that supports the conservation of the Gledswood estate and the state’s heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon Gabrielle Upton MP
28 August 2017

 

Lucas Watermills Archaeological Sites - Creekwood Reserve Voyager Point

SHR No 01989

a. Lucas Watermills Archaeological Sites are considered to be of state significance as these are two of the earliest surviving watermill sites in NSW. The sites show the difficulties of producing food in the new colony. The sites demonstrate the early development of the milling industry and relate to early transport and distribution networks, as well as differing technologies visible on the two sites.

b. Listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance.

c. Listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage.

d. Listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP
22 August 2017

 

Nielsen Park - Greycliffe Avenue Vaucluse

SHR No 01988

a. Nielsen Park is an outstanding natural and cultural landscape which demonstrates a rich and diverse range of uses spanning pre-European settlement to the present. "

b. The site demonstrates multiple layers of significance including native bushland, rich Aboriginal sites, a substantially intact Victorian Marine Villa estate, harbour side defensive fortification, 20th century hospital complex and 20th century public recreational place.

c. Each phase of use has yet to be dominated by newer developments, and in combination allows the site to contribute to the landmark qualities of Nielsen Park as seen from within the park and from the waters of Sydney Harbour.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP
22 August 2017

 

Roxy Theatre and Peters Greek Café Complex - 74 Maitland Street Bingara

SHR No. 01990

a. the Roxy Theatre and Peter's Greek Cafe Complex, Bingara, is considered to be of state significance as a rare and representative surviving example of an Inter-War Art Deco cinema with its distinctive street presence and intact, luxurious, interior detailing and layout in country NSW. It is also of state heritage significance for its association with the story of Greek migration and settlement in country NSW in the first half of the 20th century.

b. Listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance.

c. Listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage.

d. Listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP
21 August 2017

 

The Uiver Collection - 553 Kiewa Street Albury

SHR No. 01995

a. The Uiver Collection is considered to be of state significance as it offers an ephemeral collection of the flight of the Uiver, in the MacRobertson International Centenary Air Race, in 1934. The flight was the first commercial passenger flight between Europe and Australia. The Uiver's emergency landing in Albury, and ultimate success of the Uiver in the race, contributed to the development of Australian aviation. The story is a unique historical event in the relationship between Australia and the Netherlands. It culminated in establishing Australia's first migration agreement with a foreign country, when it was signed by Australia and the Netherlands in 1939.

b. Listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance.

c. Listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage.

d. Listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP
21 August 2017

 

Prince Alfred Square and potential archaeological site - 353 Church Street Parramatta

SHR No 01997

a. Prince Alfred Square and potential archaeological site is considered to be of state significance as a rare, intact example of a Victorian era square or public park and as a site with exceptional archaeological research potential related to Parramatta's second gaol and first female factory.

b. Listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance.

c. Listing will promote an understanding of the state’s heritage.

d. Listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state’s heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP
22 August 2017

 

Bull Cave - Darling Avenue Kentlyn

SHR No 01993

a. Bull Cave is considered to be of state significance as it offers a rare Aboriginal perspective on the early contact period, presenting a unique window into the escape of the First Fleet cattle and their flourishing in the area which came to be known as the Cowpastures. Bull Cave has significant historical and cultural associations with the Dharawal, Gundungurra and Dharug Aboriginal peoples.

b. Listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance.

c. Listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage.

d. Listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP
22 August 2017

 

Bidura House Group - 357 Glebe Point Road Glebe

SHR No 01994

a. Bidura House Group is considered to be of state significance as it was a key point in a broader network of places associated with child welfare and juvenile justice in NSW. It is historically and socially significant for its impact on children and their families who were affected by child welfare and juvenile justice systems including the Forgotten Australians and Stolen Generations for a period of almost sixty years.

b. Listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance.

c. Listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage.

d. Listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP
22 August 2017

 

Australian Agricultural Company Mine Manager's House - 195 Denison Street Hamilton

SHR No. 01992

a. The Australian Agricultural Company Mine Manager's House, Hamilton, is considered to be of state significance for its historical associations with the Colliery Department of the Australian Agricultural Company (A.A. Company), one of Australia's oldest companies and an entity of much importance in the social and economic development of NSW. The house is the only readily legible example of a structure built by the A.A. Company's Colliery Department. It is specially associated with the first colliery to mine the famous Borehole Seam, the exploitation of which supported the exponential expansion of the NSW coal industry and forged unique export and cultural links between NSW and the United States of America. The house is associated with persons prominent in the nineteenth century NSW coal industry; demonstrates the social hierarchies of that industry; and symbolises the two-century relationship between the A.A. Company and the people of NSW.
b. Listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of the state's heritage.
c. Listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage.
d. Listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP
21 August 2017

 

Old Pyrmont Cottages - 1, 3, 5 Cross Street Pyrmont

SHR No 01986

a. The Old Pyrmont Cottages are considered to be of state significance for their rarity as a surviving example of late 19th century small scale, working class housing in inner Sydney. The cottages are of significance for having been used in the squatting movement of 1970s-1990s and are a representative example of the Victorian Georgian vernacular style typical of late 19th century single-storey worker's housing.

b. Listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance.

c. Listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage.

d.Listing will encourage the conservation of this item of state heritage.


Minister for Heritage
The Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP
21 August 2017

 

Wauchope Railway Station group - North Coast railway Wauchope

SHR 01283 - Revoked
* On current and closer analysis, it is evident that the historic elements of the railway group which once contributed to its heritage significance have been lost. As such, the assessment of the Wauchope Railway Station Group against the Heritage Council criteria for listing on the SHR indicates that the precinct no longer meets the threshold of state heritage significance.

* Despite the removal of the Wauchope Railway Station Group from the SHR, the site will retain statutory heritage protection by its inclusion in the Port Macquarie-Hastings Local Environmental Plan 2011 and in the Section 170 Register of the Australian Rail Track Corporation.

* It is considered that section 38(1)(a) of the Heritage Act 1977 has been met allowing the removal of Wauchope Railway Station Group from the State Heritage Register.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP
21 August 2017

 

The Grange and Macquarie Plains Cemetery - 3249 O'Connell Road Bathurst

SHR No. 1904 - Curtilage Revision and name change

* The Grange is of state significance for its history and rarity as one of the earliest surviving colonial farmhouses built in inland Australia. Forming one of the pioneering families of the Bathurst region, John West and his brother Thomas came to the area in 1821 to farm on adjoining lands granted to them by Governor Macquarie. John West's farmhouse dating from 1830 has aesthetic significance for its wrap-around verandah, which has been claimed to be the earliest surviving example of its kind in Australia, and for its well-proportioned and symmetrical Georgian facade. The Grange also has significance for its potential to provide insights into early colonial life and conditions for convicts, some of whom were known to have been assigned to the farm.
* The historic Methodist cemetery (used c.1855-1896), on a quarter of a hectare of the original grant, is an important relic from the time of the early settler families in the area, and includes the graves of members of the West family.
* Listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance.
* In addition to significant features, the data for the place will be known and available for future research and analysis across the state.
* This will in turn promote an understanding of the state’s heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon Gabrielle Upton MP
12 May 2017

 

Dobell House - 47 Dobell Drive Wangi Wangi

SHR No 01985
Dobell House, Wangi Wangi

* Dobell House is considered to be of state heritage significance for its strong association with prominent Australian artist William Dobell and his work. Being a unique record of Dobell's painting environment and lifestyle, Dobell House has the potential to yield further information about one of the greatest Australian portrait artists of the twentieth century.

* in addition to the significant association with Australian artist William Dobell, the embodied data of the place will be known and available for future reserch analysis across the state and this will, in turn, promote an understanding of the state's heritage

* a heritage place in good condition and under active maintenance and care will lead by example in the conservation of the state's heritage

Minister for Heritage
The Hon. Mark Speakman SC MP
17 January 2017

 

Waverley Cemetery - St. Thomas Street Bronte

SHR No 01975
Waverley Cemetery


a.Waverley Cemetery is considered to be of state significance as a picturesque urban Victorian-era cemetery that contains a substantial collection of highly intact funerary monuments and furniture dating from 1877

b.Waverley Cemetery is associated with a number of high-achieving, famous and notable people from across NSW, Australia and the world and it contains a wealth of genealogical, historical, architectural and artistic information making it a significant public educational resource for NSW

c.listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance

d.listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage

e.listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.


Minister for Heritage
The Hon. Mark Speakman SC MP
8 June 2016

 

The Glass House - 80 The Bulwark Castlecrag

SHR No. 01981

a.The Glass House is considered to be of state significance as an excellent example of the principles and philosophies of Modern Movement design, as adapted to NSW distinctive landscapes and lifestyles, by influential 'Sydney School' architect Bill Lucas
b.listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance
c.listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage
d.listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon. Mark Speakman SC MP
13 September 2016

 

The Greatest Wonder of the World and American Tobacco Warehouse and Fancy Goods Emporium - 123-125 Mayne Street Gulgong

SHR 01983

a.the Greatest Wonder of the World and American Tobacco Warehouse and Fancy Goods Emporium is considered to be of state significance as the two gold rush era buildings together tell the story of the impact of the gold rushes on the development of towns and villages in NSW. They are also rare surviving gold rush buildings documented in the Holtermann collection of photographs, itself a rare and valuable documentation of colonial NSW.

b.listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance

c.listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.

d.listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP
5 September 2016

 

Old Wentworth Gaol - 112 Beverley Street Wentworth

SHR No. 01982

a.the Old Wentworth Gaol is considered to be of state significance as a rare and substantially intact example of country gaols erected in the 19th century across the state to cope with the burgeoning prison population as colonists spread through the interior of NSW. It is a fine example of the work of the prominent NSW Colonial Architect James Barnet, and has potential to contribute to the understanding of crime, punishment and incarceration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in regional NSW.

b.listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance

c.listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage

d.listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.


Minister for Heritage
The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP
25 August 2016

 

Thurlow House - 9 Stuart Crescent Blakehurst

SHR No. 1980

a.Thurlow House is considered to be of state significance as a fine and rare example of an exceptionally intact early Modern Movement house in its original setting, designed by internationally significant architect Harry Seidler, and demonstrating sophisticated spatial and functional relationships and progressive domestic construction

b.listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance

c.listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage of the Modern Movement

d.listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage and will further encourage appreciation of the Modern Movement period of architecture.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon. Mark Speakman SC MP
25 August 2016

 

Sirius Apartment Building - 36 - 50 Cumberland Street The Rocks

I, the Minister for Heritage, have considered the matters set out in section 32(1) of the Heritage Act 1977, including the recommendation of the Heritage Council to list the Sirius Apartment Building on the State Heritage Register.

I have decided, on the following grounds, not to accept that recommendation:

* I consider that the Building may meet the threshold of State heritage significance on aesthetic grounds, however note there are conflicting views as to whether as an example of Brutalist architecture it is of such merit as to be of State heritage significance.

* I consider that the Building may be a rare product arising from a particular combination of historical circumstances, however as to one aspect of these circumstances I note that it is not the only example of the late Brutalist architectural style in social housing by its architect.

* I consider that in this case whatever the heritage significance of the Building, even at its highest (including even if it reached a threshold for State heritage significance), this is outweighed by the undue financial hardship its listing would cause to its owners, by diminishing what would otherwise be its sale value (possibly by in the order of $70 million), which would potentially represent foregone funds for additional social housing.

Signed

Mark Speakman
Minister for Heritage
Dated: 30 July 2016

 

Clarence River Road Bridge - State Highway 16 Tabulam

Removal from the State Heritage Register (former State Heritage Register No. 1461)

a) The Clarence River Road Bridge, Tabulam is incapable of reasonable or economic use
b) an obligation for the future maintenance of the bridge by both Tenterfield Shire Council and Kyogle Council following the replacement of the bridge would cause undue financial hardship to both councils
c) the conservation of the bridge is not necessary in accordance with the Heritage Council of NSW endorsed 'RMS Timber Truss Bridge Conservation Strategy' (2012)

Minister for Heritage
The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP
12 July 2016

 

Goldfinders Inn Group - 164 Old Bells Line of Road Kurrajong

SHR No. 1978

a.the Goldfinders Inn Group is considered to be of state heritage significance as an early and continually inhabited 19th century residence in the Hawkesbury area, for its demonstration of early and rare vernacular construction (particularly the timber slab construction and stone nogging) and for its significant location along the Old Bells Line of Road (surveyed by Bell and Hoddle 1823) through the mountains, that was critical as a resting place for travellers who were taking advantage of the route to the Liverpool Plains or to the goldfields.

b.in addition to significant features, the data for the place will be known and available to future research and analysis across the state.

c.this will in turn promote an understanding of the state's heritage

d.a heritage place in such good condition and under active maintenance and care will lead by example in the conservation of the state's heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon. Mark Speakman SC MP
1 July 2016

 

Valley Heights Steam Tram Rolling Stock - 17b Tusculum Road Valley Heights

SHR No. 01799

a.the Valley Heights Steam Tram Rolling Stock is considered to be of state significance as the collection is unique in that it is focused on steam trams and has one of the few remaining steam tram engines and two carriages - one completed, one partly completed.

b.listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance

c.listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage

d. listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.


Minister for Heritage
The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP
1 July 2016

 

Victoria Bridge - Nepean River, Great Western Highway Penrith

SHR No. 1950

The Minister directs the listing of Victoria Bridge, Great Western Highway, Penrith on the State Heritage Register as an item of state heritage significance.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP
17 May 2016

 

Nubrygyn Inn and Cemetery - 2531 Euchareena Road Euchareena

SHR No. 01976

a.the Nubrygyn Inn and Cemetery is of state significance as a rare surviving example of early mud-brick architecture in its original landscape setting, associated with the convict history and settlement of the Central West, and the Ben Hall bushranger story

b.listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance

c.listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage

d.listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon. Mark Speakman SC MP
7 May 2016

 

Dangarsleigh War Memorial - 755 Dangarsleigh Road Dangarsleigh

SHR No. 01970

a.the Dangarsleigh War Memorial is considered to be of state significance as a rare, and aesthetically fine example of a privately designed and commissioned monument in NSW honouring the service of the Australian men during World War I and the great loss of life that was experienced across the country.

b.listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance

c.listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage

d.listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP
22 April 2016

 

Avoca Homestead Complex - 1122A Low Darling Road Wentworth

SHR No. 1971

a. Avoca Homestead Complex is considered to be of state significance as it preserves a pastoral building complex of early (1870s) timber and stone construction which is remarkably intact and with high integrity. The complex includes the homestead and outbuildings, the original kitchen and cooks quarters, office, jackaroo's quarters, gardener's cottage, store, stable/coach shed and mess/kitchen

b. Listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance

c. Listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage

d. Listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP
8 April 2016

 

Mount St Mary Campus of the Australian Catholic University - 25A Barker Road Strathfield

SHR No. 1965

a.the Mount St Mary campus of the Australian Catholic University is considered to be of state significance for its historical and social associations with the Catholic church and for the high quality architectural design of its key elements

b.listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance

c.listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage

d.listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP
4 April 2016

 

Wingham Memorial Town Hall - 52 Farquhar Street Wingham

SHR No. 1967

a.the Wingham Memorial Town Hall is considered to be of state significance as a landmark twentieth century civic building in the NSW Mid North Coast region

b.listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance

c.listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage

d.listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP
24 March 2016

 

Urana Soldiers' Memorial Hall - Anna Street Urana

SHR No. 1966

a.The Urana Soldiers' Memorial Hall is considered to be of state significance as a monumental civic building in a tiny town, which effectively commemorates the local men lost to war

b.listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance

c.listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage

d.listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP
24 March 2016

 

12 Pounder Rifled Breech-Loading Gun (Armstrong) (moveable heritage item) - 72 End Street Deniliquin

SHR No. 1947

a.the 12 Pounder Rifled Breech-Loading Gun (Armstrong) (moveable heritage item) is considered to be of state significance as the only gun of its type in NSW. The 12 Pounder Rifled Breech-loading Gun intact and functioning example of a gun type that was described as an unparalleled technological advancement for the international artillery industry, the 12 pounder rifled breech-loading gun (Armstrong) at Deniliquin can demonstrate how its technologically revolutionary design was constructed and how this type of gun changed artillery use in Australia and on the international stage.

b.listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance.

c.listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage.

d.listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP
23 March 2016

 

Old Cobram-Barooga Bridge - Vermont Street Barooga

SHR No. 01972

a. The Old Cobram-Barooga Bridge is considered to be of state significance as a rare example of a Hinton-type vertical lift-span opening bridge with De Burgh Truss side spans and timber beam approach. A significant crossing of the Murray River between NSW and Victoria, the bridge reflects the historical development of the Riverina region and the use of the waterway for commercial transport between the states.

b. Listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance.

c. Listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage.

d. Listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP
23 March 2016

 

Riverview Cottage - 23 Jellore Street Berrima

Removal from the State Heritage Register (former Permanent Conservation Order No. 100)

Riverview Cottage is not considered to meet the threshold of state heritage significance for listing on the State Heritage Register.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP
23 March 2016

 

The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Sophia (Agia Sophia) - 302-304 South Dowling Street Paddington

SHR No. 1968

a.The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Sophia (Agia Sophia) is considered to be of state significance as the first Greek Orthodox cathedral built in NSW, Australia and the southern hemisphere and the first Greek Orthodox place of worship built as a result of the great social and political schism within the Greek-Australian Orthodox community of 1924

b.Listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance

c.Listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage

d.Listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP
18 March 2016

 

Stroud House - 42 Cowper Street Stroud

SHR No. 1969

a.Stroud House is considered to be of state significance as an early example of convict-built colonial architecture associated with the Australian Agricultural Company
b.listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance
c.listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage
d.listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP
24 February 2016

 

Cox's Road and Early Deviations - Hartley, Clarence Hilly Range / Mount Blaxland Precinct - The Old Bathurst Road Hartley

SHR No. 1957

* Cox's Road and Early Deviations are considered to be of state significance as surviving remnants of the earliest road across the Blue Mountains, built by convicts from 1814 to 1815, and the first structure built by Europeans west of the Blue Mountains.
* Listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance.
* Listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage.
* Listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP
23 July 2015

 

St Leonards Park - 283A Miller St North Sydney

SHR No. 1941

* St Leonards Park is considered to be of state significance as a rare and representative example of an early park in NSW, set aside as a recreation reserve in 1838 and gazetted as a public park in 1867, and containing one of the oldest cricket ground and bowling clubs in Australia. It is also of state heritage significance as a surviving and intact example of a Victorian public park in the gardenesque style with many of its original aesthetic characteristics and also some distinctive examples of early 20th century architecture and Modern Movement architecture.
* Listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance
* Listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage
* Listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP
23 July 2015

 

Narrandera Showground Industrial Hall - Elizabeth Street Narrandera

SHR No. 1952

* Narrandera Showground Industrial Hall is considered to be of state significance as a rare surviving example of a distinctive design of showground building in NSW.
* Listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance.
* Listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage.
* Listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP
31 July 2015

 

Cox's Road and Early Deviations - Mount York, Cox's Pass Precinct - Mount York Road (off) Mount Victoria

SHR No. 1956

* Cox's Road and Early Deviations are considered to be of state significance as surviving remnants of the earliest road across the Blue Mountains, built by convicts from 1814 to 1815, and the first structure built by Europeans west of the Blue Mountains.
* Listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance.
* Listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage.
* Listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP
23 July 2015

 

Cox's Road and Early Deviations - Sodwalls, Fish River Descent Precinct - Cuthill Road (off) Sodwalls

SHR No. 1958

* Cox's Road and Early Deviations are considered to be of state significance as surviving remnants of the earliest road across the Blue Mountains, built by convicts from 1814 to 1815, and the first structure built by Europeans west of the Blue Mountains.
* Listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance.
* Listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage.
* Listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP
23 July 2015

 

Cox's Road and Early Deviations - Linden, Linden Precinct - Railway Parade (off) Linden

SHR No. 1953

* Cox's Road and Early Deviations are considered to be of state significance as surviving remnants of the earliest road across the Blue Mountains, built by convicts from 1814 to 1815, and the first structure built by Europeans west of the Blue Mountains.
* Listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance.
* Listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage.
* Listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP
23 July 2015

 

Cox's Road and Early Deviations - Woodford, Old Bathurst Road Precinct - Old Bathurst Road Woodford

SHR No. 1954

* Cox's Road and Early Deviations are considered to be of state significance as surviving remnants of the earliest road across the Blue Mountains, built by convicts from 1814 to 1815, and the first structure built by Europeans west of the Blue Mountains.
* Listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance.
* Listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage.
* Listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP
23 July 2015

 

Baiame Cave - Milbrodale

SHR No. 1942

* Baiame Cave is considered to be of state significance as a rare and representative traditional Aboriginal rock art painting site in NSW
* Listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance
* Listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage
* Listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP
23 July 2015

 

Redfern Aboriginal Children's Services and Archives - 18 George Street Redfern

SHR No. 1951

* Redfern Aboriginal Children's Services is considered to be of state significance because it was instrumental in bringing about a substantial shift in government policy regarding the care of Aboriginal children via 'kinship care'.
* Listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance.
* Listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage.
* Listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP
7 July 2015

 

Sydney Harbour Control Tower - Merriman Street Millers Point

I, the Minister for Heritage, have considered the recommendation of the Heritage Council to list the Sydney Harbour Control Tower on the State Heritage Register. I have decided not to accept that recommendation on the following grounds:
* I consider that the Tower is not of State heritage significance for importance in demonstrating aesthetic characteristics.
* I consider that while there are conflicting views as to whether the Tower is of State heritage significance for other reasons, in any event a listing would render the Tower incapable of reasonable or economic use, and, in particular, there would be no financially sustainable adaptive reuse of the Tower.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP
23 July 2015

 

Lower Prospect Canal Reserve - Greystanes

SHR No. 1945

* Lower Prospect Canal Reserve is considered to be of state significance for the infilled Lower Canal that functioned for over 100 years as a key component of the Upper Nepean Scheme that was Sydney's fourth (and current) water supply. This scheme marked a major engineering advance from locally sourced to remotely harvested water. It ensured the survival of a rapidly growing Sydney and has been capable of progressive development to meet Sydney's water supply needs. The Lower Canal is now reversibly infilled as a pedestrian/cycleway which enables demonstration of its original water supply function and protection of its archaeological resource.
* Listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance.
* Listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage.
* Listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP
28 May 2015

 

Cox's Road and Early Deviations - Woodford, Appian Way Precinct - The Appian Way (off) Woodford

SHR No. 1955

* Cox's Road and Early Deviations are considered to be of state significance as surviving remnants of the earliest road across the Blue Mountains, built by convicts from 1814 to 1815, and the first structure built by Europeans west of the Blue Mountains.
* Listing will provide for the identification and registration of this item of state heritage significance.
* Listing will promote an understanding of the state's heritage.
* Listing will encourage the conservation of this item of the state's heritage.

Minister for Heritage
The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP
23 July 2015

Note: The Office of Environment and Heritage, Heritage Division seeks to keep the online database up to date, however the latest proposed listings may not yet be included. Always check with the Heritage Branch for the most recent proposed listings.