Heritage in Byron Shire

Our Shire contains a wide variety of heritage assets including:

  • indigenous sites
  • natural heritage sites
  • landscape elements
  • iconic landmarks such as the Cape Byron lighthouse
  • industrial heritage such as the Mullumbimby Power Station
  • plus many examples of civic, commercial and domestic heritage that provide a collective richness of local identity, characterised largely by a built north coast vernacular of timber and iron buildings and many excellent examples of commercial buildings of the 1930s. 

Managing Heritage

We manage heritage in accordance with the Heritage Act 1977 and aspects of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

Items, areas and places of heritage significance are listed as having either local or State significance. Additional national significance may also exist under commonwealth government legislation.

Items of local significance are identified within Schedule 5 the Byron Local Environmental Plan 2014 (LEP 2014) .

Chapter C1 of Byron Shire Development Control Plan 2014 sets out controls and guidelines that complement LEP 2014 in relation to development to or in the vicinity of heritage items and Heritage Conservation Areas.

State significant items are listed by the Office of Environment and Heritage under the Heritage Act. These listings are established by publication of a gazettal notice. Such items may also be identified in an LEP but only those Gazetted as having State significance can be identified as such in the LEP.

Schedule 5 of the Byron Shire Local Environmental Plan 2014 contains an inventory of 187 Heritage items and 7 heritage conservation areas. These items have been mapped within the LEP and are available on the NSW Legislation website.