What the results tell us for Snowy River
Two hundred and sixteen places in Snowy River Shire were listed on various heritage registers at the end of the reporting period, most of them of cultural or historic significance. Three places were added to the Register of the National Estate, and seven to local environment plans. No new places were added to the State Heritage Register or NSW State agency s.170 heritage registers. One place was removed from a heritage list during the reporting period.
It is not possible to assess whether heritage places in Snowy River Shire are well managed. Of the 216 listed heritage places in the shire, information about condition during the reporting period was available for only six places. No recent information was available about management plans for listed places. Over the four years of the reporting period, Council allocated a total of $41,100 from its own budget for the management of heritage items, and accessed a further $30,400 to obtain the services of an external Heritage Advisor. Lack of education about heritage and limited resources are perceived to be the major impediments to heritage protection in the shire.
Details of listed places
Two hundred and sixteen places were listed on heritage registers in Snowy River Shire (see all listed places), with at least 22 places included on more than one register.
Ten places were added to heritage registers during the reporting period and one place removed (Table 1).
|Name of register||Number of|
|Register of the National Estate|
|State Heritage Register||2||-|
|Section 170 NSW State agency heritage registers||2||-|
|Local Environment Plan (LEP)||196||+7|
|National Trust list (incomplete data)||At least 20||N/A|
|Total places identified||216|
Eucumbene Dam and Pondage, Lake Jindabyne, and the Snowy Mountains Scheme were added to the Register of the National Estate in 2002. Seven places were added to local environment plans, two in 2002 and five in 2003. The State Heritage Register and NSW State agency s.170 heritage registers were not referred to in the previous reporting period; the two places included on both the latter registers appear to have been listed prior to the current reporting period.
'The Snowy River' was removed from the Register of the National Estate in 2001 as it was wholly contained in another listed place.
Current condition of heritage places
Information on the condition of heritage places in Snowy River Shire during the reporting period appeared to be available for only six places, all listed on the Register of the National Estate:
- Cootapatamba Hut (fair condition; assessed 2002)
- Snowy Mountains Scheme (good condition; assessed 2001)
- Seamans Hut (good condition; assessed 2002)
- Daveys Hut (good condition; assessed 2002)
- Scotchies Yards (good condition; assessed 2002)
- Grey Mare Hut and Mining Precinct (fair condition; assessed 2002).
Although other places listed in the Register of the National Estate typically contain a description and condition statement, the information generally relates to the date of listing or earlier and thus is not relevant to the current reporting period.
No recent information about management plans was available for any of the places listed in heritage registers in Snowy River Shire.
Resources for heritage identification and management
Resources for heritage identification and management for Snowy River Shire are summarised in Table 2. Council allocated $13,800 per annum for the first two years of the reporting period, and $6000–7000 for each of the last two years. Council does not have a Heritage Officer on its staff, but accessed external grants to pay for the services of a consultant Heritage Advisor from the NSW Heritage Office. The Heritage Advisor undertook approximately 10 hours of work per week on a range of Council heritage matters.
|Type of heritage funding||2000–01|
|Council budget allocation||13.8||13.8||6.5||7.0|
About the data
Data were provided by the Snowy River Shire Council, from Council records, the NSW Heritage Office http://www.heritage.nsw.gov.au, and from the Australian Heritage Council http://www.deh.gov.au/cgi-bin/ahdb/search.pl.
Photographs of the heritage-listed Berridale coffee lounge ('Our Baily Bread' Coffee Lounge) and the Bukelys Crossing Bridge at Dalgety were both provided by RW Purdie.