Design Guide for Heritage

Building owners, architects, consultants and and people working on heritage buildings, sites and precincts will appreciate this Design Guide for Heritage.

The guide was developed by the Government Architects of NSW and the Heritage Council of NSW, and draws on earlier publications developed by the Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter and Heritage Council of NSW.

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negative impacts of St Joseph’s College plans

Luke St & Gladesville Rd, Source: TDK Architects

St Joseph’s College plans to build a huge basketball complex and gymnasium. The basketball court building would be more than 14m high and extend 95m along Luke Street and 34m along Gladesville Road.  This is almost twice the height of what is allowed by houses in the adjacent streets.

St Joseph’s College is heritage listed (Heritage Item 1242) and is also within Hunters Hill Council’s General Conservation Area.  The current plans have negative impacts on this Heritage Item and also on the local Conservation Area.

The style of the BASKETBALL COMPLEX building has been described as “brutal,” “stark” and “industrial” and is at odds with the residential scale and character of the surrounding streets.  It will destroy the garden setting and completely change the character of this part of the campus.  Views of various buildings and landscape features will be obliterated.

The heritage-listed stonewalls to Gladesville Road and Luke St will be overwhelmed by the scale of the new structure’s walls.  The street trees in Luke St, on public land, will be ‘demolished and replaced’.  Existing properties in Luke St  will be over shadowed and lose afternoon sun in winter. There will also be sound problems and traffic problems.

The form and finishes of the GYMNASIUM are also unsympathetic to the existing surrounding buildings.  The landscaped area between the Brothers’ Residence and Chapel will be destroyed.


Since this proposal is being classed as a State Significant Development, the College is not necessarily bound by the LEP controls that every other ratepayer is required to abide by.  The College still has a moral duty to do the right thing by the community and to respect the objectives and controls set out in Hunters Hill Council’s Local Environment Plan and its Development Control Plan, not just to its own heritage listed campus, but also to the neighbourhood.

The Trust urges Council and the Local Planning Panel, which will ultimately assess the proposals, to reject both in their entirety.  Read the Trust’s detailed assessment of the College’s proposal here.  For more details of the proposed works: Check here.

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Historic cottages: is this demolition by neglect?

1A Ryde Road, Hunters Hill

At its meeting on 24th May, the Main Street Committee expressed concern about the rapid deterioration of two weatherboard cottages at 1A and 3 Ryde Rd near the Hunters Hill overpass. The doors and/or windows of these cottages have been open, and there is a danger of them collapsing, or catching fire.

Hunters Hill Trust members are concerned about the continued  neglect of these historic cottages, and want to know why they are still unprotected from further deterioration.

What action is the owner and site developer taking to stabilise them?

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save Moore Park’s trees

save Sydney’s trees

The deadline for the community to make a submission against Stage 1 of the NSW Government’s knockdown-rebuild proposal for Allianz Stadium is fast approaching.

Buried in hundreds of pages of technical reports submitted as part of the Government’s development applications are seriously concerning details – including the proposed removal of healthy trees, increased events and patronage which will impact on our access to Moore Park and inadequate plans to fix congestion.

Send your own submission by Wednesday 11 July or you can sign the save Moore Park petition here.

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proposed alterations to historic cottage

The Hunters Hill Trust supports Council’s work to preserve the unique character and heritage of Hunters Hill and its conservation areas, and its stand to preserve the cottage at 18 Richmond Crescent Hunters Hill.  You can read the Trust’s detailed comments on the proposed alterations and additions to the cottage that are currently being proposed.

Council has previously rejected an application to demolish this cottage and build a very large new house in its place.  Late last year the Land and Environment Court dismissed an appeal from the owners of 18 Richmond Crescent. Key factors cited in the judgement included the heritage value of the existing cottage.

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new ‘Property Advisory Working Group’ at Council

Changes to the Crown Land Management Act 2016 and the updated regulations have serious implications.

The Act allows for Crown land to be transferred from State Government to local councils and unfortunately in some cases, land will be under risk from land use changes and potentially sold off for development. You can read the HHT’s 2017 submission about the proposed changes.

Hunters Hill Council has endorsed setting up a Property Advisory Working Party ‘to look at all of Council’s property assets to determine if they are performing a community benefit; developing strategies for the future of Council’s assets; and investigating opportunities to invest/reinvest in property assets’.  There will be 3 Councillors and 3 community representatives on the working party.  We are especially concerned for our existing community facilities, heritage assets and open spaces.

The changes to the regulations also allows officials to ban people from taking part in gatherings on public lands – which can include town squares, parks, roads, beaches and community halls.  The Council for Civil Liberties (CCL) strongly opposes this and has stated: Read More »

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Prohibited from protesting on NSW beaches, parks, roads


On 1 July, new Crown Land regulations will give the NSW Government vast powers to disperse or ban protests, rallies, and virtually any public gathering in approximately half of all land across NSW.

This includes public roads, local parks, beaches, or even standing in front of Parliament House.  Only cemeteries are exempt.

What country is this?  What have we become?

If you are horrified by the implications, please contact your local MP, and ask them what action they will take to make sure our democracy is protected.  You can check what NSW Council for Civil Liberties has to say about this here.

Simply sign & send the Petition using the link.  Do it now!

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Heritage of Alexandra, Mount, Ferdinand and Madeline Streets

St Jude’s of Innisfree

(images K Presland)

Members of the Hunters Hill Historical Society and Hunters Hill Trust joined forces for the June guided walk.

We rambled through some wonderful Hunters Hill streets with interesting anecdotes provided by a wonderful cross section of locals – reminiscing about neighbourhood tennis courts, nosey telephone operators, missing mansions, stealing bread from the local baker and not being able to get near the local butcher because of her two growling dogs!


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5 leaders reflect

panel seated L-R: David Gaunt AM, Alice Oppen OAM, Tony Coote, Ros Maguire, Brigid Dowsett (image Phil Jenkyn)

image Karen Presland

After the 2018 AGM business had been attended to on Thursday night, a panel of Trust luminaries outlined some of the issues that had characterised their time as leaders and how they addressed the threats to our built and natural heritage.  They also offered their perspectives on today’s challenges.

  • Alice Oppen OAM (President for 4 years in the 1970s and 80s)
  • Roslyn Maguire (President for 2 years in the 1980s)
  • Tony Coote (President for 9 years 2000-2017)
  • David Gaunt AM (President for 4 years in decade 2000-2010)
  • Beverley Sherry, (represented by Brigid Dowsett)

You can read Alice Oppen’s speech about the First Fifteen Years of the HHT , Beverley Sherry’s contribution: A Valuable and Enduring Trust and Phil Jenkyn’s observations about the Hunters Hill Trust’s 50th anniversary AGM.

Hunters Hill Trust office bearers

Over the  past 50 years, many good people have contributed their time, energy and expertise to protect our built and natural heritage.  Here is a list of people who have been President, Treasurer or Secretary during this time.

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Committee changes

Some longstanding members of the Trust Committee, who have made huge contributions of energy, expertise and plain hard work have decided to call ‘time’ and will pass their batons to a new group:

Tony Coote who served 21 years, including 9 years as President and 1 year as Vice President

David Gaunt who served 10 years, including 4 years as President

Justin Parry-Okeden who served 3 years as Treasurer

Gully Coote who served 3 years on the Committee.

We thank them.  They all left their mark and will be sorely missed. Luckily Tony will continue to provide his expert input as HHT’s representative on Council’s Conservation Advisory Panel (30 years so far).

The new HHT Committee

So now for the good news:  Barbara Dorsch, Jenny Craigie, Maria Good and Mel Malloch were all elected to join the committee at last night’s AGM.  The 2018-19 Committee includes:

President:                Alister Sharp

Vice President:       Karen Presland

Treasurer (Acting): Maureen Flowers

Secretary:                Brigid Dowsett

Membership:          Maureen Flowers

Committee:            Jenny Craigie, Barbara Dorsch, Maria Good, Caroline Mackaness and Mel Malloch.

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