The objective of the Ipswich Heritage Program is to identify places of cultural heritage significance within Ipswich and to encourage their conservation for the present community and future generations, including both residents and visitors.
- Leadership in Heritage Conservation: to provide leadership to encourage the conservation of the City's cultural heritage assets.
- Heritage Awareness Promotion: to promote community awareness of the City's cultural heritage.
- Program Administration: to administer the Heritage Program in a cost effective and customer focused manner
In June of 1990, the Ipswich City Council made a commitment to the most ambitious heritage action plan yet undertaken in Queensland, and indeed one of the most ambitious heritage programs undertaken anywhere in Australia. The goal of the Ipswich Heritage Program, as adopted by Council on 14 June 1990 is 'to identify places of cultural significance within the City of Ipswich and to encourage their conservation'.
Heritage Adviser Service
To assist owners of historic Ipswich buildings, the Council has appointed a Heritage adviser who is available for a limited number of free consultation(s) by appointment.
The Ipswich City Council employs a part time heritage adviser who has skills that complement those of the Council's Planning Branch. The Heritage Adviser is an experienced conservation architect who provides free conservation and architectural advice to owners of historic properties. Since its inception in October 1992 the Heritage Adviser Service has constantly been rated as a worthwhile initiative by the rate payer clients. More than 3400 clients have used the service in this time.
The Heritage Adviser normally undertakes visits at the place in question thus maximising convenience to residents and developers. The Heritage Adviser also provides Council with conservation advice on its own buildings and sites and on development proposals affecting heritage listed properties. This service is in many ways the Public Relations flagship of Council's overall approach to heritage awareness promotion. It is a service that provides technical advice and is also a highly effective public relations exercise.
Request a meeting with the Heritage Adviser
Heritage and Monuments Advisory Committee
At about the same time that Council commissioned the Ipswich Heritage Study, an Ipswich Heritage Consultative Committee was established (now named Heritage and Monuments Advisory Committee). The Ipswich Heritage and Monuments Advisory Committee had a broad based structure and a fairly wide charter. The Committee provided Council with both broad-based, community support and input into its heritage initiatives and technical expertise amongst a range of eminent heritage practitioners. The make up of the Committee included some of Queensland's most eminent heritage practitioners; representatives from key community groups with a strong interest in heritage, such as the Ipswich Branch of the National Trust, the Rosewood Scrub Historical Society and the Ipswich Genealogical Society; and business and industry representatives
Australia ICOMOS, International Council on Monuments and Sites
Ian Evans World of Old Houses, A guide to caring for and restoring your old house
Indigenous Cultural Heritage - Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM)
Ipswich Library and Information Service Local History Site. The Viva Cribb Local History Resource Room provides visitors with access to a wealth of local Ipswich and regional information.