Places of heritage significance
Our heritage consists of the places and objects we have inherited from the past and want to pass on to future generations. It defines us as a community - who we are and where we have come from.
Heritage listing is the formal recognition that a place has heritage significance and is a way of ensuring that any proposed changes respect and retain those qualities and characteristics that make it special.
The Randwick Council Heritage Inventory was published in 1989. It provides residents and building professionals with a list of more than 400 items with heritage significance which are listed as heritage items under the Randwick Local Environment Plan (LEP) 2012. The Heritage inventory contains black-and-white photos and a brief description of properties in the Randwick City area considered to have historical value and a statement of their heritage significance.
What is heritage significance?
The heritage significance of a place is what makes it special. Heritage significance can include:
- historical origins and subsequent development
- association with particular people or events
- visual qualities
- construction or other technical qualities
- religious or symbolic role
- archaeological research potential.
Randwick Local Environmental Plan 2012 (Clause 5.10 Heritage conservation) requires Council to consider the impact of a proposal on the heritage significance of a heritage item or heritage conservation area.
The Heritage section of Randwick Development Control Plan 2013 (Section B2 Heritage) provides detailed guidelines which will assist you in understanding and conserving heritage values.
How are heritage listings made?
In 1977, the NSW Heritage Act legislated that councils must identify, protect and manage heritage through local planning regulations.
The two levels of statutory listing are:
- the State Heritage Register
- the heritage schedule in Randwick City Council's Local Environmental Plan.
The majority of Randwick's heritage items and heritage conservation areas were identified in a comprehensive heritage study carried out in 1989. A thematic development history provided the basis for assessing the relative significance of individual items.
The heritage items and heritage conservation areas which were identified were included in a Heritage Local Environmental Plan (LEP) gazetted in 1993. Following later reviews, additional properties were added in 1994, 1998 and in 2012.
Anyone can nominate an item for heritage listing. If the Council resolves to consider a listing, property owners and residents are notified and a draft LEP is placed on public exhibition. Submission and comments are invited and are taken into consideration before the application for heritage listing goes before Council and the Department of Planning and Environment.
Heritage items: list by suburb
For a current list of heritage items and heritage conservation areas, please refer to the gazetted LEP Schedule 5 - Environmental Heritage Part 1 and Part 2 Heritage Conservation Areas.
- Centennial Park
- La Perouse
- Little Bay
- Phillip Bay
- South Coogee
State Heritage Register
To check properties in Randwick City which are listed on the State Heritage Register, you can search the online database (State Heritage Inventory) which is maintained by the Division of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.
To search for the Randwick heritage items:
- use the drop down arrow to select 'Randwick' in the Local Government Area field; then
- use the drop down arrow to select 'Heritage Act - State Heritage Register' in the Heritage Listings field.