A NEW lease of life could be given to the now defunct West Tamworth Railway Station and the old station master's house as Tamworth Regional Council (TRC) reviews its heritage assets.
A century-old storm water drains unearthed by construction workers on Carthage Street and White Street's brick gutters are also being considered as part of the council's Local Environmental Plan (LEP) overhaul.
Recently, John Holland made an application to subdivide the block on Bourke Street where the old station master's house sits; and there's a chance it could be restored and used as a community space.
Transport for NSW plans to work with the council and its heritage working group to understand the best community fit, a spokesman said.
"John Holland Rail on behalf of Transport for NSW has submitted to the council a plan of subdivision in preparation for future land and building use opportunities for the old station master's residence and adjoining vacant land," he said.
Councillor Juanita Wilson and TRC development manager Sam Lobsey both sit on the heritage group and are determined to reignite the discussion about the rail-owned properties.
"We want to bring the conversation back to the table about restoring the West Tamworth Railway Station and old station master's house," Mr Lobsey said.
"The heritage group has been thinking of ways to keep them, the more it gets left the worse it gets and both are important to local heritage.
"The station master's house is right on the edge of the CBD and there could be a number of community groups or future owners that might see a benefit and want to put in the work to restore it."
The LEP review will be undertaken this year, which sets out land zones, minimum lot sizes, obstacle height limits, the heritage register and plenty more for the whole region.
Putting heritage items into the LEP means they are documented, so construction workers in future won't accidentally stumble across 1920's-era stormwater drains.
Whenever an LEP review is done there are all sorts of requests or suggestions, some people want their home to be listed as heritage, Cr Wilson said.
"Anything like the drains that are discovered should be gazetted as significant and listed so that they can't be destroyed or lost to oblivion by not being documented."