Hervey Bay Character Study

Project Overview

Fraser Coast Regional Council is committed to ensuring that strategic planning recognises and enhances the local character of an area, and that communities share what they value about their area to inform planning and decision making. We need to ensure that the right tools are available in the planning system to enable shared visions for the future to be effectively realised.

Hervey Bay has long been overlooked in respect to the character of the built environment. Fraser Coast Regional Council have undertaken an initial survey of the streets of Hervey Bay, Toogoom, Burrum Heads and Torbanlea and found that the housing styles and development patterns are rich and varied.

Hervey Bay as a township, had a slow beginning, but has always been a low key ‘lifestyle’ oriented place. Hervey Bay is lucky in that it has buildings from the late 19th century through to kitsch motels from the 1970s and everything in-between. We know from the initial street survey that a greater number of places in Hervey Bay represent post-World War II heritage, and reflect coastal style development. (See Gallery)

  • How do we effectively manage development in these areas?
  • Are some areas or individual sites special enough to include on character overlays to protect, limit, or shape development in a certain way?
  • Should Council develop guidelines that encourage homeowners to preserve character places irrespective of whether character areas and a demolition control precincts are adopted by Council?

Do we have character in Hervey Bay? We invite you to take this journey with us.

Our local heritage is an important asset to our region. Heritage conservation and management is the responsibility of all three tiers of government, with each having their own set of legislation and policy responsibilities. 

After significant planning reform (introduction of Planning Act 2016) it became necessary for Council to critically review the Local Heritage Register, and the Fraser Coast Planning Scheme 2014 Heritage and Neighbourhood Character Overlay Code and maps - to ensure that Council’s framework for heritage protection is up to date, reflects best practice and encourages the appropriate use of the region’s Local Heritage Places.  

A review by external heritage consultants found that there are opportunities to improve and streamline Council’s current heritage policy and processes. The recommendations from the Heritage Review were endorsed by Council at Ordinary Meeting No. 16, December 2017 .

One of the recommendations in the review, was that a thematic study of Hervey Bay be undertaken to provide a more detailed analysis of potential heritage and to identify potential neighbourhood character areas. This project will involve community engagement with a number of stakeholders including:

  • the local and wider community;
  • land owners;
  • development industry;
  • community groups and non-government organisations;
  • representatives of Council (councillors) and other levels of government; and
  • representatives of relevant Council programs and state government agencies.

A review of what other Councils are doing in this space and a look at current trends recognising post-war heritage, streetscape character and development patterns will be evaluated. If findings from this project are to be reflected in major amendments to the Planning Scheme, there will be further opportunity to have your say before the amendments are adopted. 

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  • Character Mapping

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Published On
 Fri, 29 Nov 2019
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