MORE than 20 of Bathurst's best-loved heritage pieces will be secured for future generations once they're included on a new Bathurst Regional Local Environmental Plan list of local moveable and monumental items.
The pieces range from the Peter Brock statue at the National Motor Racing Museum to the railway gantry crane just down from Bathurst railway station, and include a mix of council-owned and private or community-owned items.
Council staff have developed a database of significant items and a report to councillors by environmental planning and building services director Neil Southorn says their inclusion in the LEP will "ensure that the items are protected and are not relocated or lost to the region".
Mr Southorn's report says the proposed list was placed on public exhibition for 28 days and all property owners and relevant interest groups were notified.
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"The majority of feedback received during the exhibition process was positive," the report states.
"As a result of the public exhibition process it is recommended that the planning proposal proceed with the exception of the listing of Mew Chip's Register [at Hill End] and the Holtermann Fountain [outside the civic centre]."
Mr Southorn said council had been advised by the National Parks and Wildlife Service that Mew Chip's Register of gold dust and gold sovereigns already has statutory protection as part of the broader Hill End heritage area, while a decision on the Holtermann Fountain has been delayed after it was significantly vandalised.
Items included on the initial LEP list are:
- Council-owned: Peter Brock Statue; Ben Chifley Engine; Pillars of Bathurst; Flag Staff Declaration Monument, Bicentennial River Park; Footsteps in Time Pillar, Bicentennial River Park; Steam Roller, Bicentennial River Park; Kite Structure, Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre; Broken Blade, Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre; Horse Trough, Bathurst Waterworks; Bronze Soldier, Bathurst RSL; Ranken's Bridge Pillar, Eglinton; Hill End War Memorial; Sofala Dredging Monument; Sofala Foot Bridge, Sofala.
- Private-community owned: Bathurst District Historical Society Collection, various locations; Rockley Mill and Museum Collection; Portable Ballroom, 4824 Great Western Highway, Glanmire; Chinese Shrine Cabinet, Bathurst Goldfields; Railway Gantry Crane; Hill End Honour Rolls, Hill End Public School; Bathurst Agricultural Research Station Collection, Mitchell.
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