Item 9.14 - Attachment 1
Heritage Advisory Committee Minutes for 17 August 2011
Bill McGuirk in the Chair, Shylie Brown (retired 7.31pm), Peter Crittenden, Ruth Evans, Janice Huntington and David Shakespeare (retired 7.13pm).
An apology was received and accepted for the absence of Elaine Evans, Carol Liston and Anne Mathews.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST DECLARATION
There were no declarations of interest at this meeting.
– Investigations and Concept Design for
Mr Thalis provided details on the concept plan and particularly provided details on:-
· The site and its history;
· Modifications carried out to the bridge ie to accommodate the proposed Baulkham Hills Tram in 1901 and significant changes by the DMR in 1939;
· Flooding issues;
· The 2010 ARUP study which assessed 4 different design options for improving access along the river frontage including the preferred option of portals;
· The proposed design, location and interpretation of the proposed portals.
During discussion it was noted that:-
· The connecting of the foreshore walkway had been discussed for many years;
· An opportunity to commission a feasibility study with funding from the RTA had arisen, a study was subsequently commissioned and the issue had now developed to this point;
· Prior to the matter proceeding, there would need to be an extensive consultation process with the Heritage Office, other relevant organisations and the public;
· Documentation on the ownership of the Bridge is unclear. It appears the structure is owned by the RTA with the top layer ie roadway owned by Council;
· A formal briefing will be made to Councillors within a week;
· Members would like to see the reinstatement of the original balustrades during any works.
Concerns were also raised in relation to:-
· The need for such a dramatic alteration to an important heritage item, but it was appreciated the portals were placed at either end of the bridge mitigating the visual impact on the central bridge arch. (Response also outlined that changes would be sympathetic and use a heritage methodology).
· Possible conflict between pedestrians and cyclists using the portal.
· There may be a need for CCTV cameras. (Response received that Council will be looking at crime prevention through good design ie lighting, cameras).
· Possible weakening of the arch.
The Committee was requested to provide any comments or feedback on the portal proposal to Ms McCauley.
2. Laura Harding,
38/11 Presentation - Epping Croquet Club Clubhouse at Duncan Park
Maintenance has been carried out regularly on the clubhouse over the years; however, the building contained asbestos and is at the end of its economic life.
Accordingly, Council is looking at the replacement of the building using a hardiplank type material with an intent to retain the same general shape, size and location.
The views of the Committee are sought.
It be noted that no objection is raised to the replacement of the Clubhouse at Duncan Park.
39/11 Heritage Advisory Committee Minutes – 15 June 2011
A copy of the Minutes of the Heritage Advisory Committee held on 15 June 2011 had previously been forwarded to each member.
That the minutes of the meeting of the Heritage Advisory Committee held on 15 June 2011 be taken as read and be confirmed as a true record of the meeting.
40/11 Feedback from Council
Ms Desailly noted that Council had agreed to facilitate further discussions with landowners (Department of Health) and the Parramatta Park Trust in relation to the interpretation of the Governor Phillip campsite and the walking trail project.
Ms Desailly will be meeting with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee to discuss the interpretation of the site and welcomed feedback from the Heritage Advisory Committee in relation to the provision of appropriate research, stories, authors and publications pertaining to the site.
Suggestions included the Phillips’ Diary, Carolyn Simpson Library, Historical Records of Australia and Beverley McClymont.
David Shakespeare retired from the meeting at 7.13pm.
42/11 Comprehensive Heritage Review
Mr Kennedy tabled a
number of further items of possible state significance located in the city
centre and sought the Committee’s views on whether these items should be
nominated for listing on the State Heritage Register. During consideration of this matter it was
That efforts be made to place the following properties on the State Heritage Register:-
Mr Kennedy noted
The Committee supports the removal of the
heritage listing of
Shylie Brown retired from the meeting at 7.31pm during consideration of this matter.
43/11 Development Application – Update by Heritage Advisor
Mr Crittenden noted that the 3 cottages at the subject location were up for sale and sought information on any protection for the site.
Mr Kennedy advised that the cottages were protected under the Heritage Act and accordingly the Heritage Office should ensure that they were reasonably well maintained.
Upjohn House –
Mr Popovic noted that the subject premises were on the market and expected a DA at sometime in the future.
Ruth Evans noted that the DA submitted in respect of the subject premises had been refused at the recent Council Meeting but expressed concern over the submission of inaccurate plans in association with this development and asked whether Mr Popovic had visited the premises.
Mr Popovic responded that he had visited the site but he did not believe the house had enough value to require protection.
44/11 Local Heritage Fund
All Saints Anglican Church – installation of brass wire guards to 9 stain glass windows to provide security against vandalism.
That funds in the amount of $2,650 be granted.
Karen O’Donnell provided a brief update on the subject matter and advised:-
· The publication on the history of Mayors and Lord Mayors is in its final stages and will be available for sale in September;
· Banners will be erected throughout the CBD celebrating the 150 years, particularly in the Mall and in Darcy Street;
· The Heritage Centre is developing a small exhibition for display in the Riverview Lounge which will include interesting items such as mayoral chains and original seals;
· The Heritage Centre has just commenced the development of a Civic History publication.
David Shakespeare (prior to his departure from the meeting), requested
that Council be congratulated on the publishing of the book on the Mayors and
Lord Mayors of
47/11 Resignation of June Brown
(a) That Ms Brown’s resignation be accepted and a letter be forwarding thanking Ms Brown for her services and contribution to the Committee.
(b) Further, that a replacement member be sought from the Granville Historical Society, in the first instance.
Ruth Evans noted that the Queen Mother, on a previous visit, had expressed an interest in viewing a public housing estate and had subsequently visited the subject premises and enjoyed tea and scones with the owner of the premises. The owner of the house remained in the premises to this day.
Ms Evans enquired whether Council had any record of this event.
Ms O’Donnell advised that the matter would be investigated.
Mr Crittenden (on behalf of Mr Shakespeare) advised that the 70th anniversary of the sinking of Parramatta II in Tobruk falls on 27 November 2011. The Naval Association (NSW Branch) will be holding a function and the Parramatta Historical Society will be holding an exhibition in November and December in Hambledon Cottage.
of Laneways in
Desailly advised that Council had recently resolved to accept the names for
previously unnamed lanes in the Parramatta CBD (as previously presented to the
The meeting terminated at 8.08pm.