Local Heritage

A key outcome of The Bundaberg Regional Council Corporate Plan 2014-2019 is to ensure our culture, identity and heritage being valued, documented and preserved.

The Bundaberg Region has a diverse and wide range of cultural heritage including those places which have special associations to traditional ownership, early European timbergetting, grazing and farming to places associated with South-Sea islander labour. These include the National Trust recognised historic town of Childers, the pastural settlement of Gin Gin, the coastal strip of Bargara, the city of Bundaberg and hinterland and coastal villages such as Woodgate, Tirroan, Cordalba, Innes Park, Ellliott Heads, Avondale and South Kolan. To the present day the Bundaberg Region has a unique range of places with Local Heritage Significance including bridges, historic buildings, homesteads, trees, infrastructure and war memorials.

Local Heritage Study

Childers Looking North

Converge Heritage and Community were engaged by Council to undertake a Heritage Study in
late 2014. The aim of this Study is to identify a more comprehensive list of local heritage
places across the region and provide additional supporting information as it relates to the significance of these places. The completed Heritage Study can be found here.

The study identified a total of 70 places of local heritage significance, including the 17 places identified in the draft planning scheme (Public Notification Version). It also includes a long list of additional places for further investigation. Council will continue to investigate these places and make amendments to the Heritage and Neighbourhood Character Overlay over time.

Public consultation of the 70 places occurred between 2 March 2015 and 17 April 2015.  Following review of submissions, Council resolved at its Ordinary Meeting of 19 May 2015 to send the Heritage and Neighbourhood Character Overlay (with 69 places for inclusion in the Local Heritage Register) to the State government for approval to adopt as part of the Bundaberg Regional Council Planning Scheme.

The Local Heritage Place cards can be found here.

Queensland Heritage Register
Local Heritage Places are different to those places included in the Queensland Heritage Register administered by the Queensland Government. The full list of Queensland Heritage Places as well as information for development of these places is found on the Queensland Government website.

Land owners proposing development on these places should contact the Queensland Government Department of Environment and Heritage Protection on 13QGOV.

Development on a Local Heritage Place

The best way to protect heritage places is to ensure they remain in use and are valued by the community. Bundaberg Regional Council will strive to work with property owners, or those intending to own a heritage place to reach suitable outcomes that conserve the fabric of these places.
Development on a Local Heritage Place will require a Development Application to be assessed by Council.  The Heritage and neighbourhood character overlay is included in Part 8 (Overlays) of the Bundaberg Regional Council Planning Scheme 2015. 

National Trust Awards 2015

At the recent Qld National Trust Awards, Bundaberg Regional Council received a High Commendation in the Agency Conservation Program for its work on Bundaberg Region's Heritage.  The Award recognises Council's efforts in conserving and promoting our historic and cultural heritage.  Council received this Award for heritage work undertaken across a number of areas of Council; including Planning & Development's local heritage study and new Heritage Overlay in the planning scheme, the programs run by Bundaberg Library and the ongoing work of the Economic Development Department relating to Fairymead House, the Hinkler Hall of Aviation and Hinkler House.


For any enquiries in relation to any of the above including how to apply for a nomination, assistance with completing the nomination forms, enquiries about specific heritage places or any other general Local Heritage queries, please do not hesitate to contact Council's Strategic Planning Team by telephone 1300 883 699, or email mailto:ceo@bundaberg.qld.gov.au