Free seminars to bring Southern Highlands heritage to life

A series of free seminars will offer practical advice to Southern Highlands residents and businesses on all things heritage this July, from selling a heritage property to working with state and local heritage requirements.

Empire Cinema, Bowral in 1919

A collaboration between the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and New Empire Cinema Bowral, the seminar series will cover specific issues relevant to real estate agents as well as owners and managers of private heritage buildings, heritage gardens and commercial heritage.

OEH Executive Director Pauline McKenzie said the seminars will be held on Tuesday 3rd, Wednesday 4th and Tuesday 10th July and will cover how to maintain and make changes to a heritage building or garden, where to find expert guidance, and potential sources of funding.

“This seminar series will help anyone who owns or manages a heritage site to navigate all the aspects that come along with looking after an important historic item,” Ms McKenzie said.

“This initiative was the brainchild of New Empire Cinema owner Mr Gerry Kroon who received a $100,000 grant for a Heritage Near Me ‘Local Heritage Strategic Project’.

“This grant has allowed Mr Kroon to undertake important conservation and maintenance work on the historic cinema and also deliver this series of heritage information sessions for the community of the Wingecarribee region,” Ms McKenzie said.

About the Southern Highlands Heritage Seminar Series

All seminars will be held in the Henrietta Rose Room, Bowral Library.

The seminars are free of charge and there will be light refreshments provided at the evening seminars.

  • Tuesday 3 July, 12.30 – 1.30pm: Heritage advice for real estate agents
  • Tuesday 3 July, 7.00pm – 8.00pm: Everyday management of your heritage item
  • Wednesday 4 July, 7.00pm – 8.00pm: Managing a heritage garden: changes, approvals, help
  • Tuesday 10 July, 5.30pm – 6.30pm: Commercial heritage facades & heritage paint schemes

Registrations are essential by contacting Heritage Near Me on 02 9873 8544 or