Culture and heritage
Heritage consists of those places, objects, customs and stories that we as a community have inherited from the past and want to hand on to future generations.
Eurobodalla’s heritage is diverse and includes buildings, objects, stories, cemeteries and individual graves, monuments, specific places and larger areas, landscapes, archaeological sites, shipwrecks, relics, bridges, streets, and conservation areas.
Our heritage, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, gives us a sense of the way of life of earlier generations. It enriches our lives and helps us to understand who we are today.
Heritage items and places
NSW Heritage Inventory
Items and places that have heritage significance are recorded in databases maintained by Heritage NSW.
The NSW Heritage Inventory offers a full list items and places recognised for their heritage value:
- Search the NSW Heritage Inventory.
- Find out how to nominate an item, place or area for heritage listing.
Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System
The NSW Office of Heritage NSW, Department of Premier and Cabinet maintains the Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System (AHIMS). It includes:
- information about Aboriginal objects that have been reported to the Director General, Department of Premier and Cabinet
- information about Aboriginal Places which have been declared by the Minister for Heritage to have special significance with respect to Aboriginal culture
- archaeological reports.
As well as providing valuable cultural information for conserving and protecting local sites and heritage, AHIMS can be helpful for natural resource management, land-use planning, cultural heritage assessments, archaeological surveys, development proposals, property purchases and oral history projects.
Local studies and projects
Conducting heritage and cultural studies helps recognise and record the items, places and histories that make up our cultural heritage.
Find out more about different aspects of Eurobodalla's rich heritage:
- Shire-wide heritage studies
- Main street studies
- 2005-2008 Aboriginal Heritage Study
- Draft Bodalla Cultural Landscape Study
- Wallaga Lake Cemetery project: Caring for the Ancestors
- Connecting with Country
- Wagonga Cemetery Management Plan (5.4MB)
- Heritage tourism map: Our heritage – the story of the Eurobodalla (2.8MB)
Heritage Advisory Service
If your property is heritage listed or is in a heritage conservation area, you may like to take advantage of our free Heritage Advisory Service.
The service is delivered by our Heritage Advisor, an independent specialist who provides free advice to owners of heritage listed items. This can include advice on colour schemes, extensions, awnings and fences as well as more comprehensive advice on the integration of new development in older areas.
The free advice provided is of a general nature and should be considered as the starting point for more extensive work that may require an architect, builder or designer.
We encourage owners to use the service at the earliest design stage.
The Heritage Advisor also assesses applications for the Local Heritage Grants and provides independent assessment of heritage issues associated with development applications.
For more information or to access the service please contact Council's Strategy Planner (Heritage)
- T: 02 4474 1324.
Batemans Bay Heritage Museum
- 3 Museum Place, Batemans Bay
- PO Box 448, Batemans Bay NSW 2536
- T: 02 4472 1635
- W: Batemans Bay Heritage Museum
Moruya and District Historical Society and Museum
- 85 Campbell Street, Moruya
- PO Box 259, Moruya NSW 2537
- T: 02 4474 3224
- W: Moruya and District Historical Society and Museum website
Narooma Historical Society
- PO Box 439, Narooma NSW 2546
Narooma museum items are displayed at
- Narooma Visitors Centre, Princes Highway, Narooma NSW 2546
Grants and resources
People with properties that are heritage listed or in a heritage conservation area can participate in grant programs that help preserve and celebrate Eurobodalla's cultural heritage:
You can also access resources to explore different aspects of heritage and conservation:
Eurobodalla Council's Heritage Advisory Committee and Aboriginal Advisory Committee work with us to ensure that our heritage work is aligned with the needs and desires of the wider community.
Local strategies and plans
Eurobodalla Heritage Strategy
The Eurobodalla Heritage Strategy guides Council and the community in the recognition and preservation of our cultural heritage.
Conservation management plans
Eurobodalla's conservation management plans set out what is signiﬁcant about a place and what management actions are appropriate to enable that signiﬁcance to be retained in its future use and development.
For most of these local places, the conservation management plan deals with the management of change.
Former Mechanic's Institute and School of Arts
Moruya Heads Pilot Station
This plan was prepared in response to a brief by the National Parks and Wildlife Service. A copy of the plan is held at Council's Customer Service Centre, Moruya.
Moruya Quarry and Wharf
This plan was prepared in response to a brief by the NSW Department of Lands. A copy of the plan is held at Council's Customer Service Centre, Moruya.
Nerrigundah (Pollock's) Store (destroyed by bushfire January 2020)
This Conservation Management Plan (CMP) presented information in relation of the owner's wish to seek consent, under Clause 28D of Eurobodalla Rural Local Environmental Plan 1987, to establish a new use for the commercial area of the property. The use was prohibited at the time.
For more information please contact Council's Strategy Planner (Heritage):
- T: 02 4474 1324
- E: Stephen Halicki