Coffs City Council won its bid for a flood-free museum when it bought the old police station and courthouse at auction last September.
Coffs City Council won its bid for a flood-free museum when it bought the old police station and courthouse at auction last September. Travis Mead

More of Coffs heritage safe

COFFS HARBOUR is likely to see more items added to its list of heritage buildings and structures as part of the standard instrument local environment plan now being prepared.

Last week the Coffs Harbour City Council endorsed the Heritage Strategic Plan 2011-2014 for public exhibition.

Councillors agreed to adopt the plan if there were no significant submissions.

This is unlikely, as the new plan is a cut-and-paste version of the previous three-year strategy, but the council’s land use planning manager, Clyde Treadwell, said the standard instrument LEP would involve a new process for both listing and mapping heritage items.

The council’s expenditure of more than $800,000 to buy the old police station and courthouse in Harbour Drive for a flood-free museum was its highest-profile heritage-related move in 2010.

A conservation management plan is currently being prepared for this building and the council is also responsible for the maintenance of the jetty in the harbour, a structure located in a very challenging environment.

The first of a series of four groups of planned Heritage Walks took place last year, with the Sawtell Heritage Walk and the Sawtell Reserve Heritage Walk.

Depending on funding, further walks are planned for Woolgoolga, Coramba and the Coffs Harbour Jetty area.

For privately-owned structures, the council also has a local heritage fund, which provides small grants to property owners to help them conserve their heritage-listed buildings or items.

Mr Treadwell said owners used the grants, most of about $1000, to help them with projects like painting, fixing roofs, replacing gutters and improving drainage.

The Coffs Harbour City Council Heritage Executive Committee is in fact purely an advisory committee and its main role is in research and providing expertise to council officers.



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