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Culture and Heritage Studies

A heritage study investigates the history of a local government area. It identifies then assesses items and places of heritage significance that demonstrate this history.  The study explains why the items are significant and recommends ways to manage and conserve this significance.

When the need for a study is identified and as funding becomes available, we work with our community partners to conduct general or targeted studies that recognise and record items, places and histories of heritage significance within the Eurobodalla.

Often the preservation of the items and places identified are managed through the listing in our local environmental plans.

Community Based Heritage Study 2011

Conducted from 2009 to 2011, the Community Based Heritage Study 2011 (CBHS) reviewed and updated the earlier shire-wide heritage study (see below) and investigated nominations from the community for new listings.

The study was conducted by a working group of community volunteers including members of the Heritage Advisory Committee and led by Council's Heritage Advisor.  Members of the community worked alongside the consultant for the duration of the project, undertaking research, nominating items and considering recommendations for the future management and promotion of local heritage items.

Aboriginal Heritage Studies

Aboriginal Heritage Studies aim to:

  • collate the oral history of Aboriginal people in Eurobodalla
  • map sites of significance to Aboriginal people and look towards ways of conserving and restoring sites and
  • develop and implement on-ground projects on Aboriginal land care

The study areas include all of Eurobodalla which is serviced by the Batemans Bay, Mogo, Cobowra, Bodalla, Wagonga and Merriman's Local Aboriginal Land Councils.

Shire-wide Heritage Study 1997

Conducted from 1995 to 1997, the Shire-wide Heritage Study 1997 was conducted by a firm of experienced heritage consultants to investigate, identify and assesses items and places of heritage significance that demonstrate the history of our community.  The study explains why the items are significant and recommends ways to manage and conserve their significance.

More studies and strategies

We endeavour to work with the community in a variety of studies as the needs are identified and the resources become available.