Properties that have been identified as having heritage significance are listed in Schedule 7 Places of cultural heritage value in Townsville City Plan.
In terms of heritage, Townsville is an important city with a uniquely Australian tropical character. The Townsville City Council, through the Heritage and Urban Planning Unit, recognises the city's character, identity and image is critically linked to its older buildings and seeks to encourage and assist owners of such buildings in restoring and sympathetically altering these historic buildings.
Despite the changes in the built environment, places reflecting the city's development and evolution as a provincial centre remain. Properties that have been identified as having heritage significance are listed in Schedule 7 Places of Cultural Heritage Value in the Townsville City Plan.
The Heritage and Urban Planning Unit also conducts a series of programs which aim to enrich the character of Townsville and the lives of its residents.
- Architectural Advisory Service To encourage and assist building owners to restore and undertake sympathetic alterations to historic buildings the Council has established an Architectural Advisory Service of local architects administered through the Heritage and Urban Planning Unit and the Heritage Officer.
- Community Heritage Grants ProgramThe Community Heritage Grants Program aims to develop conservation strategies for places of significance, undertake conservation work to significant places, undertake research projects enlarging the body of knowledge about a particular topic of Townsville's history and results in publication, and undertake the conservation of artefacts held in a public collection. Click here for further grant information
The Townsville and Thuringowa councils merged in 2008 to become one council under the title Townsville City Council. Prior to this amalgamation, both cities had a distinct but interconnected history.
For more information, please phone 1300 878 001.
Heritage and Character Housing Information Guide
Through its Heritage and Character Housing Information Guide the Heritage and Urban Planning unit of Townsville City Council provides a community service to air in the conservation of the city's heritage places.
The guide covers:
- Conserving the Townsville house
- Tracing the history of your house
- Alterations and additions to your house
- Fences, gardens and verandahs.
Further heritage information sheets are available on the Information Sheets page in Town Planning, which provide information on Schedule 7 Places of cultural heritage value, as well as local exemption certificates.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are properties listed in Schedule 7 in Townsville City Plan?
Properties are listed in Schedule 7 Places of cultural heritage value in Townsville City Plan recognise the city's unique places of cultural heritage and to manage and protect Townsville's cultural heritage into the future and for future generations.
Most of Townsville's heritage properties were identified in an Urban Conservation Study conducted in 1993. Property owners and the community were encouraged to nominate places of cultural heritage significance. An assessment was then undertaken to determine which sites were culturally significant. Schedule 7 Places of cultural heritage value in the Townsville City Plan is based on this assessment.
Are there other heritage registers operating in Townsville?
There are four other heritage registers applicable to Townsville. These are:
The Queensland Heritage Register is a list of places of cultural heritage significance within Queensland. The register is maintained by the Queensland Government's Environmental Protection Agency.
The National Trust Register is a list of places identified by the National Trust of Australia. This register is compiled and managed by the state branches of the National Trust.
The Register of National Estate is a national inventory of places of natural, historic and indigenous heritage significance. It is assessed by the Australian Heritage Commission.
The Commonwealth Heritage List comprises of natural, indigenous and historic heritage places on Commonwealth lands and waters or under Australian Government control.
- Undertaking development to properties listed on the above registers may require separate approval from the relevant agencies.
- Please seek advice regarding the necessary processes.
- It is only Schedule 7 Places of cultural heritage value in Townsville City Plan which is managed by the Townsville City Council.
What is the implication of a locally heritage listed item?
Properties listed in Schedule 7 Places of cultural heritage value in the Townsville City Plan, are subject to the Cultural heritage overlay code and the Cultural heritage planning scheme policy.
The purpose of the Cultural heritage overlay code is to ensure:
i. the cultural heritage of Townsville continues to be a major contributor to the identity of the city and local communities;
ii. the cultural heritage of Townsville is conserved for present and future communities;
iii. development is consistent with the Burra Charter;
iv. new development reflects and respects cultural heritage significance; and
v. places of cultural heritage significance are appropriately re-used.
The Cultural heritage overlay code and Cultural heritage planning scheme policy apply to all properties listed in Schedule 7 Places of cultural heritage value in the Townsville City Plan, or adjacent to a property identified in Schedule 7. ‘Adjacent’ in this context refers to properties immediately to the right or left of a heritage property when facing the building from the street.
Am I restricted in what sort of work I can do to a heritage listed property?
The Cultural heritage overlay code and Cultural heritage planning scheme policy has been put in place to ensure that changes to heritage places are managed effectively. This does not mean that no work at all can be carried out, only that the work needs to ensure that it does not have a detrimental impact on the heritage significance of a place. For more information, please refer to the Cultural heritage overlay code and Cultural heritage planning scheme policy in the Townsville City Plan.
Do I need special approvals for work which triggers the CHO Code?
If the proposed development triggers the Cultural heritage overlay code, then Town Planning approval must be sought.
If my property is listed on Schedule 7, am I expected to restore my building to its original?
No. The Cultural heritage overlay code cannot force an owner to restore or maintain their property.
However, Council does offer incentives such as free architectural advice to owners or adjacent owners of properties listed on Schedule 7 Places of cultural heritage value in the Townsville City Plan who are interested in renovating or restoring their property. This widely-used service assists owners in designing sympathetic alterations and additions.
What services does the Council offer to owners of heritage listed properties?
To support owners of heritage properties the Townsville City Council provides the following services and incentives:
- Access to the council's Heritage Officers
- Free Heritage Information Kits
- Free Architectural Advice for property owners on or adjacent to a Heritage listed property.
- Free community Heritage Day.
How can I find out if a property is heritage listed?
Schedule 7 Places of cultural heritage value in the Townsville City Plan is accessible on-line and identifies all properties that are heritage listed. The Cultural heritage overlay code and map also identifies properties that are heritage listed and properties that adjoin a heritage listed property.