Heritage registers and awards
Launceston is Australia's third oldest city; it also has some of the country's best-preserved architectural heritage.
In order to preserve this priceless asset, buildings and sites are protected by legislation at both the state and local level.
Tasmanian Heritage Register
The Tasmanian Heritage Register is a list of those places in Tasmania that have been recognised as having historic cultural significance. These places are important to Tasmania and Tasmanians because of their contribution to our culture and society.
Tasmanian Heritage Reform - Important changes to commence 1 March 2014
Amendments to the Historic Cultural Heritage Act 1995 and subsequent changes to the way we deal with properties listed on the Tasmanian Heritage Register (THR) will take effect on Saturday 1 March 2014.
After 1 March Tasmanian Heritage Council (THC) Works Applications will cease to exist and proposals for heritage listed properties will be dealt with as part of the Council's planning process. Works requiring approval will be dealt with as a single Development Application, which will be referred to the Heritage Council for their assessment.
Before lodging a Development Application with the Council, it is highly recommended that owners of properties which may be listed on the Tasmanian Heritage Register contact Heritage Tasmania by phoning 1300 850 332 or emailing email@example.com to:
- Confirm whether their property is listed on the THR;
- Seek advice in regard to the significance of the property and the works to be carried out; and
- Confirm whether the proposed works may qualify for an exemption from the need for referral to the Tasmanian Heritage Council and if so, request a 'Certificate of Exemption'.
For a summary of the changes to the Act please visit the Heritage Tasmania website www.heritage.tas.gov.au
Information for owners
Information for heritage property owners is available from this fact sheet (PDF 1.14MB) or at the planning counter at Council's Customer Service Centre.
Heritage Sector Information Sessions
Heritage Tasmania will be holding information sessions focused on the heritage sector including architects, archaeologists, planners, cultural heritage practitioners and others. If you are speaking to any of these consultants, please feel free to let them know about the following sessions:
HOBART: Thursday 13 March 2014, 2.00pm at Elizabeth Street Pier
LAUNCESTON: Friday 14 March 2014, 2.00pm at the Tramsheds, Invermay
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 10 March.
The Amended Historic Cultural Heritage Act 1995
The complete Amended Act (PDF 378KB) is available with references to the Land Use Planning and Appeals Act (LUPAA) where relevant.
If you have any questions about any of this information, please contact Heritage Planner Fiona Ranson by phoning (03) 6323 3370, or Heritage Tasmania by phoning 1300 850 332 or emailing email@example.com
Launceston Heritage Precincts Project
Cimitiere Street Precinct - The 'Glebe' area is rich history and its buildings and open space have created an inner city residential area of a recognised and appreciated character, unique in Launceston and Tasmania.
Since 2008 the Council has been working in partnership with Heritage Tasmania to confirm the heritage value and specific character of places identified by the Launceston Heritage Study 2007 (PDF 2.5MB). This Study identified the old Glebe area as the 'Cimitiere Street Precinct' and outlined the history, significance and character of this Precinct.
After extensive research and analysis it was found that a number of additional properties along Lawrence and Boland Streets should be included in the Precinct to encourage appropriate development in this area of consistent built character.
The Council has now developed a set of draft planning scheme provisions specifically tailored for the Cimitiere Street Precinct to preserve its valued character whilst not imposing unnecessary regulation on property owners.
The majority of properties in the proposed Precinct are currently listed in Table E13.2 of the Launceston Interim Planning Scheme 2012, and many are also included on the Tasmanian Heritage Register (THR). These properties are currently protected by the general provisions of the Local Historic Heritage Code of the Scheme and the Historic Cultural Heritage Act, however these provisions are general and do not provide the guidance many owners (and potential owners) seek when considering making changes or additions to properties.
The Precinct provisions proposed for Table E13.1 of the Scheme have been developed in an attempt provide certainty for property owners by providing a series of 'acceptable solutions' that can be relied upon when considering the design of new buildings or extensions. These are called 'acceptable development criteria' within the precinct standards and they are intended to fit the specific circumstances of the area and provide a useful tool for the assessment of potential development in the area.
If the acceptable solutions and criteria are met, the need for a Development Application to be advertised is removed. Where the criteria cannot be met, then the 'performance criteria' in the Code, and 'management objectives' in the precinct provisions can be used to assess an application, however these applications will require public advertising.
The precinct provisions are made relevant through references within the standards of the Heritage Code.
The draft provisions for Table E13.1 are now available for public comment and the documents can be viewed below. Comments can be made in writing to Fiona Ranson, PO Box 396, LAUNCESTON TAS 7250 or can be sent by email. Comments close on Friday 4 October 2013 at 5.00pm. The full content of your submission may be publicly disclosed, unless there is a legitimate reason for confidentiality.
For more information, or to organise a meeting to discuss any concerns, please call Fiona Ranson, Heritage Planner on 03 6323 3370 or send an email.
DRAFT Planning Scheme Provisions - Table E13.1 - HP1 - Cimitiere Street Precinct (Word 1MB)
E13 Local Historic Heritage Code - Launceston Interim Planning Scheme 2012 (Word 132KB) - including proposed amendments
Cimitiere Street Precinct Location Plan
Development Control Plan 1
Development Control Plan 2
Development Control Plan 3
Development Control Plan 4a
Development Control Plan 4b
Heritage listed trees
If you are considering removing a tree or other landscaping, you should check with the Council to see if your property is heritage listed or affected by other controls. Some trees are heritage listed and therefore they are considered historically significant. Development on heritage listed sites requires careful consideration to maintain the character of the site. If you apply to get a tree removed, the Council will check whether it is heritage listed and inform you.
The Launceston City Council's annual Heritage Awards
The Launceston City Council's Heritage Advisory Committee started running the annual Launceston City Council Heritage Awards in 2008 in order to recognise people for sensitively restoring their heritage homes or business premises. In 2011 the scope was expanded to include an award for the promotion of Heritage issues in the community.
The Awards are run annually in May to coincide with the national Trust's Heritage Festival and there are four award categories: Residential, Mixed use, Non Residential and Promotion of Heritage. The winners of each category receive a cash prize and a framed certificate. Properties do not have to be heritage listed to qualify.
For entry information please click here (PDF 130KB).
If you have any further enquiries please call Fiona Ranson, Council's Heritage Planner on 03 6323 3370 or email.
Launceston Heritage Awards 2013 - CLOSED
The 2013 Heritage Awards were presented on 30 May 2013 at the QVMAG Art Gallery at Royal Park.