Preserving our built heritage Sauerbier House, Port Noarlunga. Old Reynella Horse Changing Station.
22 June 2020

Preserving our built heritage

The City of Onkaparinga is rich in history, including hundreds of heritage properties that offer us a glimpse into past generations.

That built heritage will be strengthened after council this week approved a city-wide review of local heritage places, commencing in July.

It’ll be the first city-wide review of its kind since the amalgamation of Noarlunga, Willunga and Happy Valley councils in 1998.

City of Onkaparinga’s Built Heritage Planner, Divya Bali Dogra, says the local heritage list is important because it helps ensure significant historical places are protected for future generations to learn from and enjoy.

“Built heritage generally refers to the structures made of brick, plaster, wood, metal or stone,” explains Divya.

“Built heritage within the city currently comprises 487 heritage places of state and local significance, with 372 of those on the local heritage list.

“A new state Planning and Design Code is set to be implemented later this year, so we’re taking an opportunity to review our current local heritage list and invite nominations for places that could be worthy of local heritage listing.

“We’ll soon be in touch with local heritage property owners and local history groups regarding the review and nomination process, and asking the public to help nominate potential new listings.”

One of the first built heritage places to be reviewed will include local heritage places on the Old Reynella former winery site in the wake of the Treasurer’s approval of a Development Plan Amendment, which will allow housing on the site. The city-wide review is expected to take nine to 12 months.

A key outcome in City of Onkaparinga’s draft Community Plan 2030 is, “We encourage sustainable residential development that improves our city’s liveability and protects our local heritage.”

Heritage matters

Former Clarendon Police Station and Courthouse.

Sauerbier House, Port Noarlunga.

Old Reynella Horse Changing Station.

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