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Have Your Say on New Heritage Reforms

Published on 20 September 2019

The City of Ryde is encouraging the entire community to have its say on new reforms designed to provide appropriate protections for local heritage items.

The reforms being proposed by Council are in direct response to concerns raised by the community - detailed in the City of Ryde Community Strategic Plan - for more to be done to protect the City of Ryde’s heritage and character.

They are also designed to deliver greater certainty to property owners and prospective buyers.

Under the reforms, 44 new heritage items will be created in the City of Ryde. Six new heritage conservation areas will also be created, while the former Squire’s Brewery and Halvorsen’s Boat Yard in Putney and the Glades Bay Baths in Gladesville will be listed as archaeological sites.

The City of Ryde has sent letters to all owners of the proposed heritage items detailing what the reforms will mean for them and how to take part in the community consultation Council is currently undertaking.

Owners of properties in the vicinity of proposed heritage items have also been sent letters. The only affect this has on properties in the vicinity of heritage items are those that lodge a development application, as they may need to lodge a Heritage Impact Statement as part of the application process.

"Heritage items give us continuity of our community. They contribute to our sense of place and identity, and enhance the character and vibrancy of our City," City of Ryde Mayor, Clr Jerome Laxale, said.

"Recently we have seen a number of properties considered as heritage items destroyed in the name of development. These have been lost to Ryde forever.

"Given the importance of the reforms, I encourage those who own a heritage item, live in the vicinity of one or simply care about Ryde's history and unique character to take part in the community consultation that is underway by making a submission."

Written submissions can be made:

Last updated on 20 September 2019