Monday, November 30, 2009

No new development should take place on Lot 4 at 90-88 Scott Street Nctle, and we hope that councillors consider the conservation principles embodied in the Burra Charter to guide a positive outcome that conserves the historic Convict Lumber yard. We are requesting that the above motioned DA (Lot 4) be rejected because of the impact that it will have on archaeological relics related to the convict period of Newcastle, and that the introduction of a new residence in this precinct is discordant with the generally cohesive heritage landscape, and interferes with the ability to interpret the Convict Lumber Yard. The Convict Lumber Yard has been ascribed State significance and has strong associations with early European and convict industrial workplace. Lot 4 forms an integral part of the footprint of the Convict Lumber Yard.

The Commonwealth Government invested $700,000 under the One Nation programme back in the 1980s, a similar amount went towards the restoration of the Customs House at the same time. This financial support at the time reflects the Commonwealth Governments commitment to the Convict Lumber Yard and its significance as an important cultural heritage asset. Private development on the footprint of this site would impact on the work that has already been done with the use of Commonwealth funds and seriously detract from the interpretation of the place.

The proposed scale and form of the multi storey dwelling with pool will not enhance the heritage values of the site and will visually have an immense impact on the historic landscape.

Furthermore the Convict Lumber Yard is a ‘Nominated Place’ as part of the Coal River (Mulubinba) Cultural Landscape National Nomination will be under consideration by the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.

The Hunter Regional Committee of the National Trust strongly recommends that open space is retained at Lot 4.
Photograph: Proposed new development will be in Bond Street, alongside Convict Lumber Yard.

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