Plans and Policies

Council prepares studies, plans and policies identify, assess & document heritage places, collections & stories of the Bathurst Region. These studies are important in discovering the historic past that makes Bathurst's heritage unique. The completed studies and plans assist Council in developing and implementing appropriate heritage management strategies to conserve the region's unique heritage.

Heritage Studies and Plans

Studies and Plans which have been completed include:

Bathurst Region Heritage Strategy 2014-2017

Bathurst Region Heritage Plan 2017-2020

Bathurst Region Heritage Plan 2021-2025

Aboriginal Heritage Assessment – Ben Chifley Dam Pipeline Project

Aboriginal Heritage Study - Public Release Version

Bathurst Conservation Area Review 2008

Bathurst Region Heritage Study 2007

The New Country, A Thematic History of the Bathurst Regional Council Local Government Area 2007

Bathurst Regional Archaeological Management Plan 2012: Volume 1, Volume 2, Map 1, Map 2, Map 3

CBD Beautification Scheme 1998

CBD Beautification Scheme 1998 Supplementary Report

Government Settlement at Bathurst NSW (1815-1840) Archaeological Management Plan 2013

Heritage Conservation Area Review 2018

Keppel Street Main Street Study:  Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3

Origins of Street Names - Bathurst Region

William & George Street Main Street Study:  Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3

Wattle Flat Mining Areas Archaeological Management Plan - Final Report

Village of Hill End (privately owned lands) Archaeological  Management Plan - Main Report, Survey Results Parcel Registers, Survey Results Archaeological Feature Register, Survey Results Parcel Maps

Conservation Management Plans 

The principal aims of Conservation Management Plans are to establish the cultural significance of heritage properties or places and to provide guidelines to assist with "best-practice" asset management of the sites. The plans provide policies to maintain and enhance their heritage significance and formulate guidelines for future uses, conservation and restoration works.

Conservation Management Plans which have been completed for Council owned properties include:

Bathurst Ambulance Station

Bathurst District Soldiers Memorial Carillon

Bathurst TAFE (October 1998)

Bathurst TAFE (2015)

Bathurst Waterworks


Chifley Home Management Plan

Chifley Home Conservation Management Plan

Conservation Management for Small Rural Cemeteries:

Machattie Park Management Plan

Old Government Cottage

Peel Hall

Rockley Mill

Rockley School of Arts Hall

The Bridle Track

The School of Arts Hall at The Lagoon

Bathurst Conservation Area Management Strategy (BCAMS) Mapping

Council has a long established set of criteria for assessing the contribution of a building to the streetscape. This is known as the Bathurst Conservation Area Management Strategy (BCAMS). Council uses this information during the development assessment process.

Council officers, in conjunction with its Heritage Advisor, undertook a review of the BCAMS listing of the buildings within the Bathurst City and West Bathurst Heritage Conservation Areas. As part of the review a visual inspection was undertaken to ascertain the approximate age of the building and how the building contributes to the streetscape. It should be noted that the age of the building is based on a visual inspection, identifying building features that represent a period of construction.

Based on the information collected, Council has developed 2 maps which illustrate the approximate age of the building and their level of contribution to the streetscape.

Age of Building Map

These maps can be used as a guide to the approximate age of a building and to provide more certainty as to the contribution the building makes to the Heritage Conservation Area.

Heritage Conservation Areas

These are areas that are recognised and valued for the collective nature of the buildings and components that contribute to an overall heritage significance that is worth protecting. This may include the historical subdivision pattern, consistency of building style, siting and scale, materials or common age of building stock and landscaping that reflect a particular period or periods in the history and growth of the area.

Bathurst Regional Council lists eleven Heritage Conservation Areas within the Bathurst Regional Local Environmental Plan 2014. Click on the links below to see a map of each:

Bathurst/West Bathurst Heritage Conservation Area
Evans Plains Heritage Conservation Area
Hill End Heritage Conservation Area
Kelso Heritage Conservation Area
Peel Heritage Conservation Area
Perthville Heritage Conservation Area
Rockley Heritage Conservation Area
Sofala Heritage Conservation Area
Trunkey Creek Heritage Conservation Area
Wattle Flat Heritage Conservation Area


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