New Works Guidelines Launched

The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Matthew Groom, has launched the Tasmanian Heritage Council’s new Works Guidelines to help owners and developers achieve the best possible outcomes when completing works to heritage-listed places.

 Minister Matthew Groom and Brett Torossi, Chair of the Tasmanian Heritage Council at Trinity Hill, North Hobart (#2805)

"I welcome the release of the Tasmanian Heritage Council’s works guidelines which outlines the best practices to preserve historic heritage places entered on the Tasmanian Heritage Register," Minister Groom said.

"The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to protecting and maintaining Tasmania’s historic cultural heritage.

"The guidelines will be a useful resource for owners and developers, as it gives an important insight into how the Heritage Council makes decisions when considering applications for works to heritage-listed places.

"The detailed advice contained within the guidelines will remove some of the mystery surrounding how the Heritage Council makes its decisions, and will help owners explore potential ways to save time and money through the planning process.

"The guidelines list the types of works that can be approved with a certificate of exemption, and gives suggestions on how to minimise impacts to heritage values where more complex works require a development application.

"This is a great example of how to interpret legislation and policies into a clear, concise and accessible format for owners and developers of heritage-listed places.

"Last financial year the Heritage Council dealt with 283 development applications and issued 450 exemptions for works to heritage places that contributed to more than $230 million worth of development in the state."

Brett Torossi, Chair of the Tasmanian Heritage Council, described the guidelines as “a comprehensive and practical set of guidelines that respond to the many practical questions we receive on how to go about works to heritage places.”

“The Heritage Council has been assessing works to heritage-listed places for 19 years. These guidelines bring together all that knowledge to explain to owners what types of works they can do with a certificate of exemption, and how best to deal with complex works to avoid negative impacts to heritage values,” Ms Torossi said.

“These Guidelines are more than just explaining what to do with windows, doors and walls, they are about encouraging people to understand that embedded in the fabric of each place are the stories of our past. It’s those stories that we need to protect, because collectively they create the identity of our wonderful State”.

Click here for a copy of the Works Guidelines.



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