Current town planning legislation is scheduled to change dramatically next year with new provisions which will remove current Contributory Item protection to large numbers of important heritage components of our urban areas.
Heritage Listed Contributory Items
These items include whole areas of valuable houses and other structures including, for example, old street posts and signs.
These items form the fabric surrounding State and Local Heritage Listed Items. In many cases, the value of Contributory Items is restricted to for example the frontage of houses.
Heritage Legal Protection
Under the proposed legislation, this protection is removed based on a requirement that if an item is not at least classified as Local Heritage legal protection will not be available.
As a result, local councils are scrambling to undertake a review of Contributory Items with the objective of re-listing those with suitable criteria as Local Heritage.
See Newspaper Article below- Gawler’s Heritage in Peril