Tilt train at Bundaberg Railway Station.
Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
Tilt train at Bundaberg Railway Station. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail

Council call for submissions in recognising heritage sights

Council is reminding residents to play their part in ensuring that the diversity of places with key historical themes or value are appropriately recognised as part of the draft Bundaberg Regional Council Planning Scheme.

As part of the notification last year, 17 places of local heritage significance were identified and included as part of the Heritage and Neighbourhood Character Overlay.

More recently with the assistance of consultants Converge Heritage and Community, Council have completed a Local Heritage Study that recommends a further 53 Local Heritage Places be added to the Overlay.

Council's Planning & Development portfolio spokesperson Cr Ross Sommerfeld says the proposed addition of these heritage sights is important in ensuring places enriching the character of the community are recognized and protected.

"While we initially advertised the draft Planning Scheme with 17 places, we always knew that there were more potential heritage places out there," Cr Sommerfeld said.

"People should not be alarmed that registering these places of interest will preclude or be an impediment to development. In many cases identified places of historical significance can be a focus of development and lend authenticity to a project."

The Bundaberg Railway Station, the Gin Gin Post Office, Nielson Park, the Doolbi-Horton War Memorial and many more are being considered as additions.

While a number of sites within the region are already listed on the Queensland and Commonwealth Heritage Registers, Cr Sommerfeld says it's important that people realise Council's heritage provisions are less restrictive and won't seek to replicate these other registers.

Council is seeking public feedback on the proposed amendments to the Heritage and Neighbourhood Character Overlay.

The period for submissions runs from 2 March until 17 April. A template submission form is available on Council's website to assist those who wish to make a submission.



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