Rathmines Park draft Conservation Management Plan

Consultation has concluded

Thank you for your participation in the Rathmines Park draft Conservation Management Plan consultation. All feedback received has now been reviewed and you can view the engagement summary.

We have now submitted the draft Plan to the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage for endorsement. It is expected this could take up to six months. We will provide further information about the consultation to develop the Master Plan and Plan of Management once the Conservation Management Plan has been endorsed.

Rathmines Park is an area with significant local and national historical value, recognised by its inclusion on the NSW State Heritage Register. The Rathmines RAAF seaplane base played a pivotal role in the defence of Australia in World War II. It was the largest seaplane base in the Southern Hemisphere and was the longest serving during the war effort. It is the most intact example of an RAAF WWII seaplane base in Australia.

The Rathmines Park draft Conservation Management Plan has been prepared to further understand the heritage of the site by investigating its historical and geographical context, research potential and importance to the community.

Thank you for your participation in the Rathmines Park draft Conservation Management Plan consultation. All feedback received has now been reviewed and you can view the engagement summary.

We have now submitted the draft Plan to the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage for endorsement. It is expected this could take up to six months. We will provide further information about the consultation to develop the Master Plan and Plan of Management once the Conservation Management Plan has been endorsed.

Rathmines Park is an area with significant local and national historical value, recognised by its inclusion on the NSW State Heritage Register. The Rathmines RAAF seaplane base played a pivotal role in the defence of Australia in World War II. It was the largest seaplane base in the Southern Hemisphere and was the longest serving during the war effort. It is the most intact example of an RAAF WWII seaplane base in Australia.

The Rathmines Park draft Conservation Management Plan has been prepared to further understand the heritage of the site by investigating its historical and geographical context, research potential and importance to the community.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
Discussions: All (11) Open (0)
  • CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    You need to be signed in to add your comment.

    The Heritage Listings and Statutory Obligations chapter identifies the statutory listing that apply to Rathmines Park and identifies particular approvals that may be required under these listings to undertake works. After reviewing this chapter, is there further information you would like to add?

    The Heritage Listings and Statutory Obligations chapter identifies the statutory listing that apply to Rathmines Park and identifies particular approvals that may be required under these listings to undertake works. After reviewing this chapter, is there further information you would like to add?

    Replies Closed
  • CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    You need to be signed in to add your comment.

    The Physical Evidence chapter provides a detailed analysis of the Rathmines Park site, including site layout as well as a details of buildings and structures. After reviewing this chapter, is there further information you would like to add?

    The Physical Evidence chapter provides a detailed analysis of the Rathmines Park site, including site layout as well as a details of buildings and structures. After reviewing this chapter, is there further information you would like to add?

    Replies Closed
  • CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    You need to be signed in to add your comment.

    The Environmental Context chapter provides a summary of the natural elements of Rathmines Park, including its geology and topography, the three primary soil landscapes, and the naturally occurring vegetation communities such as the dominant species Forest Red Gum, Spotted Gum, and Grey Gum. After reviewing this chapter, is there further information you would like to add?

    The Environmental Context chapter provides a summary of the natural elements of Rathmines Park, including its geology and topography, the three primary soil landscapes, and the naturally occurring vegetation communities such as the dominant species Forest Red Gum, Spotted Gum, and Grey Gum. After reviewing this chapter, is there further information you would like to add?

    Replies Closed
  • CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    You need to be signed in to add your comment.

    The Historical Context chapter provides an overview of the Aboriginal and European history of the Rathmines area, and details how the suburb came to be known as Rathmines. After reviewing this chapter, is there further information you would like to add?

    The Historical Context chapter provides an overview of the Aboriginal and European history of the Rathmines area, and details how the suburb came to be known as Rathmines. After reviewing this chapter, is there further information you would like to add?

    Replies Closed
  • CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    You need to be signed in to add your comment.

    The Comparative Analysis chapter aims to compare Rathmines RAAF Base to other WORLD WAR II RAAF based across Australia in an effort to better understand its cultural and historical significance. Analysis shows Rathmines was the largest World War II flying base in Australia, both physically and in terms of personnel numbers. It was the longest serving and today is the most intact of All Australia's flying boat bases. After reviewing this chapter, is there further information you would like to add?

    The Comparative Analysis chapter aims to compare Rathmines RAAF Base to other WORLD WAR II RAAF based across Australia in an effort to better understand its cultural and historical significance. Analysis shows Rathmines was the largest World War II flying base in Australia, both physically and in terms of personnel numbers. It was the longest serving and today is the most intact of All Australia's flying boat bases. After reviewing this chapter, is there further information you would like to add?

    Replies Closed
  • CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    You need to be signed in to add your comment.

    The Aboriginal Cultural Heritage chapter summarises the Aboriginal archaeological context and cultural heritage of the Rathmines area. After reviewing this chapter, is there further information you would like to add?

    The Aboriginal Cultural Heritage chapter summarises the Aboriginal archaeological context and cultural heritage of the Rathmines area. After reviewing this chapter, is there further information you would like to add?

    Replies Closed
  • CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    You need to be signed in to add your comment.

    The Historical Archaeology chapter explores the three main phases of development at Rathmines. The chapter identifies the phases as:

    1. First European settlement - 1919
    2. 1920-1939
    3. 1939-1961

    the Draft Plan identifies Phase 1 having low-moderate archaeology potential, Phase 2 having low-nil and Phase 3 also having low-nil. After reviewing this chapter, is there further information you would like to add?

    The Historical Archaeology chapter explores the three main phases of development at Rathmines. The chapter identifies the phases as:

    1. First European settlement - 1919
    2. 1920-1939
    3. 1939-1961

    the Draft Plan identifies Phase 1 having low-moderate archaeology potential, Phase 2 having low-nil and Phase 3 also having low-nil. After reviewing this chapter, is there further information you would like to add?

    Replies Closed
  • CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    You need to be signed in to add your comment.

    The Assessment of Heritage Significance chapter identifies that Rathmines has historical significance on  a national level. The draft Plan identifies five historical local themes to the Rathmines Park site:

    1. Landscape and passive recreation
    2. Landscapes of military activity
    3. Involvement with WWII
    4. Boating and sailing
    5. Enjoying public parks and gardens

    The draft Plan also identifies four buildings with high significance:

    1. Hospital (now the Catalina Conference Centre)
    2. Officer's Mess (now Rathmines Bowling Club)
    3. Sergeant' Mess (now Westlakes Music Centre)
    4. Airmen ablution building (now Lake Macquarie Classic Boat Assoc workshop)

    After reviewing this...

    The Assessment of Heritage Significance chapter identifies that Rathmines has historical significance on  a national level. The draft Plan identifies five historical local themes to the Rathmines Park site:

    1. Landscape and passive recreation
    2. Landscapes of military activity
    3. Involvement with WWII
    4. Boating and sailing
    5. Enjoying public parks and gardens

    The draft Plan also identifies four buildings with high significance:

    1. Hospital (now the Catalina Conference Centre)
    2. Officer's Mess (now Rathmines Bowling Club)
    3. Sergeant' Mess (now Westlakes Music Centre)
    4. Airmen ablution building (now Lake Macquarie Classic Boat Assoc workshop)

    After reviewing this chapter, is there further information you would like to add?

    Replies Closed
  • CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    You need to be signed in to add your comment.

    The Opportunities and Constraints chapter identifies the relevant constraints that need to be investigated as part of the process for developing conservation policies for places and significance. The identified constraints include:

    • Obligations arising from the cultural significance of the place
    • Physical constraints of the place, including environmental factors and physical condition of the fabric
    • Relevant statutory and non-statutory controls
    • Owners needs, resources and other external constraints, and
    • Obligations involved in undertaking research, maintaining records and communicating the heritage values of the place.

    After reviewing this chapter, is there any further information you would like...

    The Opportunities and Constraints chapter identifies the relevant constraints that need to be investigated as part of the process for developing conservation policies for places and significance. The identified constraints include:

    • Obligations arising from the cultural significance of the place
    • Physical constraints of the place, including environmental factors and physical condition of the fabric
    • Relevant statutory and non-statutory controls
    • Owners needs, resources and other external constraints, and
    • Obligations involved in undertaking research, maintaining records and communicating the heritage values of the place.

    After reviewing this chapter, is there any further information you would like to add?

    Replies Closed
  • CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    You need to be signed in to add your comment.

    The Conservation Policies chapter provides the policies and guidelines that will be followed to ensure the heritage value of Rathmines Park is maintained or enhanced. It outlines the legislative framework and requirements that apply to the park, including approvals or exemptions required, and sets out 137 policies for management of the place and its heritage significance. After reading this chapter, is there further information you would like to add?

    The Conservation Policies chapter provides the policies and guidelines that will be followed to ensure the heritage value of Rathmines Park is maintained or enhanced. It outlines the legislative framework and requirements that apply to the park, including approvals or exemptions required, and sets out 137 policies for management of the place and its heritage significance. After reading this chapter, is there further information you would like to add?

    Replies Closed