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2004 Report



Tumbarumba

Heritage

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What the results tell us for Tumbarumba

Thirty-one places in Tumbarumba Shire were listed on various heritage registers at the end of the reporting period, the majority of them of cultural or historic significance. All except one place had been listed prior to the current reporting period. Twenty-one places were listed on the local environment plan (LEP) or NSW State agency s.170 heritage registers.

Photo of Rosewood Cemetery, which is listed on 1988 Tumbarumba Local Environment Plan; credit: R.W.Purdie

Almost two thirds of places on the LEP or s.170 registers were reported to be in good to very good condition during the reporting period. Many heritage places in Tumbarumba Shire would thus appear to be reasonably well managed. At least four places had undergone restoration or maintenance work since the last reporting period. No information was available on whether management plans were in place. Council allocated no specific resources for heritage work during the reporting period, whether from external sources or from its own budget.

Lack of heritage expertise and funding were perceived to be the major impediments to the protection of heritage items in the shire.

Details of listed places

List of all places on heritage registers in Tumbarumba Shire

Of the 31 places within the shire listed on formal heritage registers (see Table 1 for a sumamry of places), two are listed on more than one register. Several individual places are also listed more than once within any given heritage list (e.g. places which are part of Kosciuszko National Park).

Table 1. Summary of places on heritage registers in Tumbarumba Shire, June 2004
Name of registerNumber of
places
Change since
July 2000
Register of the National Estate
Cultural places6
Natural places4
Total10+1
State Heritage Register00
Section 170 NSW State agency heritage registers60
Local Environment Plan (LEP)150
Total places identified31+1

Listed places include 15 from Schedule 3 of the 1988 Tumbarumba Local Environment Plan and six on the s.170 register of the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA). All these places were listed prior to the current reporting period. No places are listed on the State Heritage Register. One place—the Snowy Mountains Scheme—was added to the Register of the National Estate during the reporting period, in 2002.

Although Council is undertaking a review of its local environment plan, heritage items are not being included. It is anticipated that an Urban Design Study of the Central Business Area will include some heritage component.

Current condition of heritage places

Of the 21 places included in the local environment plan and the RTA s.170 register, 62% were reported to be in good to very good condition during the reporting period, and another 14% in reasonable or fair condition. One place (Wolters Cottage) was reported to be derelict and in need of substantial restoration works. At least four listed places had undergone restoration or maintenance works since July 2001.

The major components of the Snowy Mountains Scheme were reported to be in good condition in January 2001. Although other places listed in the Register of the National Estate typically contains a description and condition statement, the latter usually relates to the date of listing or earlier and is thus not applicable to the current reporting period.

The extent to which management plans were in place for listed places is not known.

Resources for heritage identification and management

Tumbarumba Shire Council allocated no specific funds for heritage work during the reporting period, and accessed no external heritage grants.

About the data

Data provided by the Tumbarumba 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.

Photograph of Rosewood Cemetery, which is listed on 1988 Tumbarumba Local Environment Plan, was provided by R.W.Purdie.