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Parramatta Female Factory Precinct to be assessed for National Heritage List

The Parramatta Female Factory, located int he grounds of Cumberland Hospital, North Paramatta, is a highly significant historical space; a Francis Greenway building and our oldest surviving convict women’s site.  It is said that one in five Australians are Read More

Sydney Harbour Control Tower at Barangaroo to be demolished

Saving our industrial heritage is difficult.  While don't always agree with this view, we understand that the general public often consider these items to be eyesores.  Any decision to retain them as heritage items can become especially complicated when they are located Read More

Sydney developer Bill Gertos fined after illegally demolishing heritage building

ABC's Janelle Wells reports  on the New South Wales Land Environment Court's decision to impose fines worth a quarter of a million dollars for the illegal demolition of a heritage building in Sydney.  The court concluded that a Read More

Treasurer Joe Hockey announces forced sale of Point Piper mansion Villa

Lucy Macken and Philip Wen report on the forced sale of a Sydney mansion which Treasurer Joe Hockey says was purchased by a Hong Kong business in breach of foreign investment rules.  The $39 million Villa del Mare property at Point Read More

Calls to halt Parramatta development plans over heritage concerns

In November 2014 the NSW Government announced a $2 billion redevelopment of the heritage precinct of North Parramatta. Naming the area state significant the Baird Government will manage the planning process which has sparked serious concerns about the Read More

Paddington time-capsule home hits market after almost 100 years

MHM had the privilege this week of visiting number 6 Broughton Street Paddington, one of a sadly declining number of original worker's cottages left in the suburb.  It was like stepping back in time as the interior of the property Read More

190 units to be built on historic Scarba house site in

Anna Anderson reports on a residential development of 190 apartments to be built on the grounds surrounding the heritage listed Scarba House in Bondi. These kinds of developments do have the capacity to go very wrong but we Read More

Man fined $175,000 for demolishing historic Shiel Homestead in Cowra.

Linda Silmalis of the Daily Telegraph reports how the Cowra Council has successfully taken the owner of a historic house to the Land and Environment Court of NSW in response to its demolition without Council’s knowledge and without the Read More

Foreign Investment Rules Set for Overhaul

This topic is controversial so we will be very careful. Let us be clear we are not anti-foreign investment altogether just anti rule breakers and regulators that do not adequately monitor or enforce the rules.   Sometimes the rules just Read More

Planning Minister Matthew Guy's backflip to save Gough Whitlam Childhood Home

We struggle a little with the concept of heritage protecting a house on the sole basis of its association with a historically important figure, event or group of people. While current policy recognises that this criteria would never be Read More