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European cultural heritage
In Australia, the term European cultural heritage is often used to describe items and places which represent historical events, experiences and people since European colonisation. Along with Indigenous heritage, European heritage contributes to the Australian sense of place, community and identity.

Council’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP) identifies items and places of European heritage significance. It also identifies Heritage Conservation Areas that are areas of land that contain sites, streetscapes, built forms and subdivision patterns representative of important periods and events in local and regional history.

There are serious penalties for knowingly harming or destroying items or places identified as being of heritage significance by Council’s LEP. Anyone proposing to carry out an activity which may impact upon the heritage significance of an item, place or heritage conservation area must investigate, assess and report on the harm that may be caused by that activity.

For more information about European Cultural Heritage of the Singleton Local Government Area (LGA) refer to Council’s LEP and Development Control Plan (DCP). The DCP provides applicants with guidance on the types of information and matters that need to be addressed by development applications proposing works which may impact upon European cultural heritage.

Aboriginal cultural heritage
Aboriginal cultural heritage includes places and items that are of significance to Aboriginal people because of their linkage to traditions, observances, lore, customs, beliefs and history. Aboriginal cultural heritage in NSW is primarily managed through Part 6 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (the Act).

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage is responsible for administering the Act; however Council has some responsibilities when assessing proposals to develop land that have the potential to impact upon Aboriginal cultural heritage.

Anyone proposing to carry out an activity that may harm an Aboriginal object or a declared Aboriginal place must investigate, assess and report on the harm that may be caused by that activity. There are serious penalties under the Act for knowingly harming or desecrating Aboriginal cultural heritage.

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage has produced the Due Diligence Code of Practice for the Protection of Aboriginal Objects in NSW which provides guidance to individuals or organisations on how to determine whether an Aboriginal Heritage Impact Permit (AHIP) must be obtained prior to commencement of the activity.

Further information about Aboriginal cultural heritage can be obtained from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, relevant Local Aboriginal Land Council and Council’s Local Environmental Plan.


Singleton Council
PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330
Ph: 02 6578 7290