Eltham blossoms with its heritage
WITH so many items of heritage value in the village, Eltham could become an area of heritage conservation.
The Eltham railway cottage and yards, Paine/Emery homestead, sharefarmers cottage and dairy, Eltham Village precinct, Walker's calf yards and cattle ring, and the tree grove at the western entrance to the village, have all been proposed as heritage items in the draft Lismore local environmental plan for 2010.
Paula Newman, strategic planning co-ordinator for the Lismore City Council, said heritage conservation recognised an area of heritage value, as opposed to an individual item, and not all homes in the Eltham area would be included.
“But if new development is proposed it will need to demonstrate that it will not have an adverse impact on the heritage character of the area,” she said.
“The proposal does not mean people are required to make changes to their properties, or to maintain them in any particular way. However, owners of heritage items may be eligible for grant funding to assist in improvements to the heritage item.”
There are already three heritage items in Eltham, including the Masonic Hall, Eltham tearooms and the railway bridge, and if the draft LEP is approved the village will join six other areas of heritage conservation in the Lismore council area.
Eltham residents have been advised already of the proposal, but Ms Newman encouraged residents to contact the council for further information and to make a submission about any concerns.
“The draft Lismore LEP 2010 is open for public comment until July 29,” she said.