Liverpool Plains Shire Council has adopted its Heritage Advisory Service and Local Heritage Fund 2017/18 report plus the 2018-2021 Heritage Strategy.
The Strategy has been submitted to the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.
The LPSC Heritage Strategy was developed by Council’s appointed Heritage Advisor, Ray Christison, and contains a series of objectives designed to ensure the future effective management of the Shire’s cultural heritage.
The report for 2017/18 outlines a range of achievements which demonstrate LPSC’s Heritage Program’s positive contribution to the local community from a social, environmental and economic perspective.
Much of the focus has been on providing heritage advice to property owners including management needs of buildings across the Shire.
Particular attention has been focused on ongoing restoration works on the War Memorial Clocktower in Quirindi, preparation of a Conservation Management Strategy for the Werris Creek Cenotaph War Memorial, and the provision of advice regarding stabilisation works and adaptive re-use of Windy Woolshed.
Ongoing liaison has continued regarding State Heritage Register listing of Windy and Warrah woolsheds.
Twenty five sites around the Shire, largely in Quirindi and Werris Creek but also at Caroona, Currabubula, Willow Tree, Wallabadah, Walhallow and Jacks Creek were inspected and advice provided.
The Local Heritage Fund provided assistance totalling $11,500 to five projects, with the completed projects having a combined value of $85,633.90 The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage has approved a grant of up to $6,000, on a $1:$1 basis to LPSC towards the funding.
A review of previous community-based heritage studies has been undertaken to identify anomalies, duplications, location errors, and to revise statements of significance.
An Historic Themes gap analysis was also prepared to identify opportunities for further recording of the cultural heritage of the Shire.
The Local Heritage Fund continues to be a key mechanism to protect and enhance the Shire’s heritage for future generations.