Heritage support

In recognition of the region's rich history and heritage, Council has listed a comprehensive range of locally and state significant heritage items to ensure their continued preservation.

Council recognises more than 450 individually listed heritage items and four heritage conservation areas, located within the Mudgee, Gulgong, Rylstone and Hargraves urban areas. Each conservation area contains a unique blend of historic buildings, parks and trees, monuments and artefacts.


Respecting and enhancing the historic character of our region and heritage value of our towns is a key strategy in Council’s Community Plan. 

In recognition of our region’s rich history and heritage, Council’s LEP identifies a comprehensive range of locally and state significant heritage items to ensure continued preservation. 

Information about listed heritage items is available on the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage.

Council has developed a fact sheet(PDF, 2MB) to further explain heritage in the local area. 

Advisory service

Council's Duty Planner is available Monday to Friday to assist with your heritage conservation enquiries. A Heritage Advisor is also available to provide assistance once a month, appointments are essential by contacting Council's Planning and Development Administrative Team. 

Heritage places, items and conservation areas

Heritage conservation areas

There are four heritage conservation areas located in the region, in Mudgee, Gulgong, Rylstone and Hargraves. Each heritage conservation area contains a unique blend of historic buildings, parks, trees and monuments.

The NSW Planning Portal can help determine if your property is heritage listed, and whether it is within a heritage conservation area.  

Heritage properties

In NSW a property is a statutorily listed heritage item if it is:

  • Listed in the heritage schedule of Council’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP)
  • Listed on the State Heritage Register, a register of places and items of particular importance to the people of NSW
  • Listed on the National Heritage Register, for example part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area is located within the Mid-Western Local Government Area

Any property within a heritage conservation area, whether individually listed or not, and regardless of its age, is also subject to the provisions of the LEP, so please check with Council's Duty Planner before undertaking works.  

Archaeological sites

Under the NSW heritage system archaeological areas have comprehensive statutory protection for archaeological relics and mechanisms to ensure that they are protected, investigated and interpreted. 

To determine archaeological significance an assessment is carried out to identify the nature and significance of any deposits or relics on the site. These assessments are based on an investigation of historical documentary sources and existing physical site conditions and are carried out by qualified archaeologists. Known or found sites with significant Aboriginal archaeology should refer to the code of practice for the Protection of Aboriginal Objects.