Heritage Advisory Committee

The Hawkesbury is an area that is rich in heritage and community participation is essential to heritage conservation. As one of the earliest settled areas in Australia, the area contains a wealth of irreplaceable history and has significance to the local and broader community for many reasons including their spiritual or social qualities and value, historic or aesthetic value.

Hawkesbury City Council takes into consideration heritage significance when making decisions on development and also has a role in providing events and promoting awareness of both state and locally listed heritage items in the area. Council has a Heritage Advisory Committee (HAC) to assist the Council in its endeavours to manage heritage.

The HAC is an advisory committee with community members who have an interest in heritage conservation.  HAC members work within the Council’s framework to contribute to the decision-making processes for heritage related matters. Some of the heritage committee roles are highlighted below.
Key roles of the HAC:

  1. Advise Council about heritage assistance, grant applications review and recommendations.
  2. Provide advice and make recommendations to Council for the nomination, deletion of Heritage Listed items from the Hawkesbury Local Environmental Plan and advice on management of heritage within the Hawkesbury local government area to encourage their conservation.
  3. Assist in organising heritage programming, exhibitions, education and tourism events, and act as a reference group and peer review body as required for heritage surveys, conservation reports, planning studies and other heritage related bodies of work.

Hawkesbury’s HAC members play a very important role by enabling a community to participate more directly in heritage management within local government.  The HAC term is 4 years and aligns with the term for the elected Councillors on Hawkesbury City Council.

Nominations for HAC membership are publicly advertised shortly after the formation of a new Council.  The members of the HAC often represent a cross-section of interests and perspectives.

The HAC constitution is available for viewing here.

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