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Heritage

Homestead at Fagan Park

Hornsby Shire is lucky to have unique areas of historical and environmental heritage. Protecting these is the responsibility of Council. Council does this through the identification and listing of heritage items and heritage conservation areas , as well as planning controls that protect them. More than 800 heritage items have been listed and and nine Heritage Conservation Areas (HCA).

Council also recognises outstanding design work that protects and promotes the Shire's heritage through its Heritage Awards.

If you have any further heritage questions phone Council on  9847 6664.

Heritage items are individual places or objects of heritage significance. These can include buildings, structures, landscaping, gardens, parks, archaeological relics or Aboriginal sites. There are around 800 heritage items and 70 archaeological sites listed in Hornsby Council.

There are two levels of listing for heritage items within Hornsby Shire:

1. Local heritage items, which have been assessed as significant to the local community.

2. State heritage items, which have been recognised as significant to the whole of NSW as well as to the local community.

Council's Heritage Register contains a brief history and description of each item, as well as a statement of significance, photograph and historical notes where known.

These are areas that are recognised and valued for the collective nature of the buildings and components that contribute to an overall heritage significance that is worth protecting. This may include the historical subdivision pattern, consistency of building style, siting and scale, materials or common age of building stock and landscaping that reflect a particular period or periods in the history and growth of the area.

Hornsby Shire Council lists nine Heritage Conservation Areas. Click on the links below to see a map of each:

Search Council's Heritage Register to find an inventory sheet on the heritage items and archaeological sites listed under Schedule 5 (Environmental Heritage) of the Hornsby Local Environmental Plan 2013 (HLEP).

The Heritage Register provides details about the heritage items. This may include a brief history, physical description, statement of significance, photograph and historical notes where known.

Heritage Register

If you would like to alter a heritage item or undertake development in a heritage conservation area, you must refer to Clause 5.10 the Hornsby Local Environment Plan 2013 and Part 9 of the Hornsby Development Control Plan 2013 (PDF 1.7MB). These spell out the heritage provisions and development guidelines.

Development consent from Council is required for alterations, additions and extensions to a heritage item. Repairs and maintenance work do not usually require development consent, as long as no new finishes or materials are introduced as part of the work. Minor work may also be exempt if Council has been notified and believes the work would not adversely affect the heritage significance.

For the recommendation of heritage professionals and consultancy services, refer to the Heritage Consultants Directory on the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage website.

For further information contact Council’s Duty Planner on 9847 6664.

The Hornsby Council Heritage Advisory Committee was appointed in 1993 to help Council manage heritage items and assess development applications within Heritage Conservation Areas.

Members of the committee are volunteers who are guided by the Constitution of the Committee.

Membership of the committee consists of four (4) nominated Councillors, four (4) technical specialists, two (2) community representatives and three (4) officers of Hornsby Council to provide support.

Meetings are held are held four times a year on a quarterly basis (March, June, September and December) and when required.

Matters considered by the committee include:

  • Judging the annual Heritage Awards;
  • Endorsement of heritage programming, exhibitions, education, events and promotional material;
  • Any ceremonies, festivals or promotional events concerning the Shire’s heritage;
  • Heritage Review items;
  • Projects on Council’s Strategic Planning Programme, concerning heritage conservation;
  • Promotional and educational material, concerning the Shire’s heritage;
  • Historical research and listing information on heritage listed items and conservation areas; and
  • Development Applications for complex projects with potential major heritage impacts

Hornsby Shire Council was the first council in NSW to integrate the management and protection of Aboriginal heritage into its planning processes. In 1996 Council conducted the Hornsby Shire Aboriginal Heritage Study, with the broad objectives to:

  • identify and assess the Aboriginal heritage of the Shire;
  • make practical recommendations for conservation and management;
  • promote Aboriginal heritage within the Shire;
  • provide advice on management mechanisms for Aboriginal heritage;
  • provide the opportunity for training and education for Kooris through Land Council funding.

Click here to see the Aboriginal Heritage Study.

Other resources:

Hornsby Shire Heritage Study

In 1991 Hornsby Shire Council commissioned a study of the Shire's heritage. The study was undertaken by consultants and was jointly funded and supervised by Council, the Australian Heritage Commission and the NSW Department of Planning.

Heritage Reviews

Council undertakes regular reviews of the heritage listings, conservation areas and heritage-related development controls to reassess the statutory protection and identified heritage values.

Heritage Conservation Areas

Other Heritage Studies

Have Your Say On Hornsby’s Heritage

Hornsby Shire Council values feedback from the community on what local residents regard as their local heritage. This may include a place, building, work, relic, landscape, moveable object or precinct valued to be of local heritage significance.

To nominate an item or place to be included in one of Council’s Heritage Reviews for a detailed heritage assessment, please email or post Council any relevant information available to the attention of the Heritage Officer via the contact details below.

Phone: 9847 6664
Email: hsc@hornsby.nsw.gov.au
Postal Address: PO Box 37, Hornsby NSW 1630

heritage awards

Each year Hornsby Shire Council presents the Hornsby Heritage Awards to publicly acknowledge outstanding design work that helps maintain places of historical significance, as well as efforts to promote heritage.

Hornsby Heritage Awards 2017

The Hornsby Shire Heritage Awards 2017 presentation was held on Wednesday 14 June 2017 during the June Council meeting in the Hornsby Council Chambers.

2017 Winners

The Hornsby Heritage Award

For Work involving:

  • The preservation, restoration, reconstruction or maintenance of a heritage item;
  • A sensitively designed extension or alteration to an existing heritage item or building in a heritage conservation area; or
  • A sensitively designed new building in a heritage conservation area, or in close proximity to a heritage item.

WINNER – Anglicare for the restoration, preservation and maintenance of heritage listed Lober House, a grand two storey Federation brick mansion (circa 1925). Anglican Retirement Village (ARV), 284 Castle Hill Road, Castle Hill.

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HIGHLY COMMENDED Mr & Mrs Hather for the sensitively designed alterations and additions and front verandah restoration of a Heritage listed timber Federation Cottage at 17 Wells Street, Pennant Hills.

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The Owen Nannelli Memorial Award

This award is awarded to a group or individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the education and promotion of heritage. This award is named in honour of the late Councillor Owen Nannelli, a long-time advocate for heritage within the Shire.

WINNER – Hornsby Historical Society for their outstanding Schools Program, which has been provided by volunteers since the 1980s. The program is provided to both public and private schools at the Society’s heritage listed museum building located in Kenley Park, Normanhurst. Children learn about local history and participate in a range of activities, such as games of the past and lessons in a 1940s style classroom to name a few.

If you have any further Heritage Award questions phone Council on 9847 6742 or 9847 6782

Interim Heritage Orders

The purpose of an interim heritage order is to provide a "breathing space" of no more than 12 months during which a full heritage assessment can be completed. Temporary in nature, the majority of interim heritage orders are made in response to community representations or concerns raised by local government.

Places currently subject to an interim heritage order

No.62 Manor Road, Hornsby

Hornsby Shire Council, at its meeting of 14 November 2018, resolved to place an Interim Heritage Order (Section 25 NSW Heritage Act, 1977), on the property known as No.62 Manor Road, Hornsby (Lot 3, DP524288) to enable a full and proper evaluation of the heritage significance of the trees and gardens within the property. The interim Heritage order was published in the NSW Government Gazette on Friday 16 November, 2018, which enables a period of six months for Council to undertake heritage assessment of the site.