What the results tell us for Young
Twenty-four places in Young Shire were listed on various heritage registers at the end of the reporting period, the majority of them of cultural/historic significance. Five places were on the Register of the National Estate, two on the State Heritage Register, and 24 on local environment plans; only one of these places was listed during the current reporting period. Three places were on state agency s.170 heritage registers; one appears to have been listed during the current reporting period.
No information was available on the condition of listed places during the reporting period, nor whether any had current management or conservation plans in place. As the majority of places were actively used, it can be presumed the structures were in reasonable condition. Council allocated $20,000 from its own budget over the reporting period for heritage management, but did not access any external funds. It did not employ a heritage officer on its staff but was able to access the services of a private heritage architect.
The main impediment to heritage protection was seen to be low acknowledgement of the importance of heritage places by the public, exacerbated by poor access to relevant information and appropriate heritage expertise. Whilst Council staff are keen to further this important education and awareness aspect, a recent boom in the building industry has resulted in staff resources being deployed to other functions such as assessing and regulating new developments, and preparing a New Town Plan.
Details of listed places
Twenty-four places were listed on heritage registers in Young Shire at June 2004. Four places were included on more than one register, and one place was listed individually as well as part of a group. See Table 1 for a summary of listed places.
|Name of register||Number of|
|Register of the National Estate|
|State Heritage Register||2||0|
|Section 170 NSW State agency heritage registers||3||0|
|Local Environment Plans||18||0|
|Total places identified||24||+1|
One place was added to the Register of the National Estate during the reporting period, namely Monteagle Cemetery Woodland Remnant, in November 2000. There were no changes to state heritage listings. The 18 places on local environment plans were all listed prior to the current reporting period, and comprised 14 places on the Young Local Environment Plan 1991 (Urban Lands) and four places on the Young Local Environment Rural Plan 1993. Places on state agency s.170 heritage registers were not referred to in the 2000 State of the Environment report; at least one of the three places now on these lists appears to have been included on them during the present reporting period.
Current condition of heritage places
No information was available on the condition of listed places during the current reporting period. Most cultural places were in active use in 2004 and are therefore presumably in reasonable condition, although the extent to which their management also aimed to protect the heritage values is not known. Although each place 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 thus does not relate to the current reporting period for most places. No information was available about management plans.
Resources for heritage identification and management
Resources for heritage identification and management for Young Shire are summarised in Table 2. Council did not have a heritage officer on its staff, but did have access to the expertise of a private heritage architect. It allocated $5,000 per annum from its own budget for each year of the reporting period for heritage activities, but did not access any external grants.
Council has a solid working agreement with the NSW Heritage Office and will be able to access supporting grants for the reporting period years provided it lodges an application in the near future. As a result, the outlook for heritage in the next reporting period is positive.
|Type of heritage funding||2000–01|
|Council budget allocation||5.0||5.0||5.0||5.0|
About the data
Data provided by the Young 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.