The NSW Government is inviting community discussion on how heritage can be better managed and protected in NSW.
The NSW Heritage Act 1977 was first introduced over forty years ago. The Act has not been reviewed since 2007 and there have been no major reforms since 1999.
In April this year the government asked the NSW Legislative Council’s Social Issues Standing Committee to conduct a review of the Act. The review will look at the effectiveness of the Heritage Act and the NSW heritage regulatory system, along with heritage aspects of the Environmental Protection and Assessment Act 1979.
The purpose of the review is to see how we can deliver more effective, relevant, and best-practice ways of recognising, conserving, re-using and celebrating the important heritage of NSW. The findings of the review will contribute to the evidence base for a Government White Paper and a subsequent Heritage Bill.
As a starting point for public consultation and community input, Heritage NSW has published a discussion paper . The discussion paper reflects on the current heritage system, considers some alternatives and poses some questions to assist with public consultation.
To assist with their public consultation, the discussion paper has been referred to the Social Issues Standing Committee. The Standing Committee review will provide an opportunity for key stakeholders and the broader community to have their say on government heritage policy.
In the near future the Social Issues Standing Committee will make announcements about their process for the Heritage Act review. The Committee will call for submissions from the public on the review and we encourage all stakeholders and interested members of the community to take the opportunity to have your say.