In November 2008 the Young Community-Based Heritage Study was completed as part of the development of the new Local Environmental Plan (LEP). This Study and its supporting document “Thematic History of Young Shire” has set the direction for the participation, awareness and appreciation of heritage in the Shire, including the establishment of a Heritage Advisory service and the Heritage Strategy.

Heritage Advisory Service

Established in June 2010, Council appointed Ray Christison, from High Ground Consulting as Local Heritage Advisor for the Shire. The Advisory service is available one day per month to the general community, businesses and Council to receive first hand heritage advice on proposed restoration, additions and/or alterations to heritage places. The Advisory Service is supported through grant funding from Heritage Branch, Office of Environment and Heritage.

To make an appointment with the Heritage Advisor contact Council’s Planning & Environment Department on 02 6380 1203.

Local Heritage Fund

Council established the Local Heritage Fund in 2010 which aims to support the preservation and conservation of heritage buildings and items, and is supported through grant funding from Heritage Branch, Office of Environment and Heritage.

The closing date for applications for grants from our 2016-2017 Local Heritage Fund was 31 August 2016.

The Main Street Heritage Study

A Main St Heritage Study was undertaken High Ground Consulting in 2012 to provide an inventory of buildings in the Young Heritage Conservation Zone and an analysis of issues affecting the conservation of the zone’s character. This document and the information on historical buildings may be viewed below.

Heritage Schedule

With the development and gazettal of the Young Local Environmental Plan 2010, 134 items were listed in Schedule 5 of the LEP and a Heritage Conservation Area for the CBD area was established in order to retain the heritage character of Young’s commercial district. Those properties with a listing may be viewed at Schedule 5 of the Young LEP.

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Study

In 2014, Young Shire Council engaged contractors to produce an Aboriginal Heritage Study with Cultural Landscapes Mapping to identify Aboriginal culturally sensitive landscapes within the Young Shire Local Government Area (LGA). This project encompasses land within the boundaries of two Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALCs), being Young and Cowra.


Community Based Heritage Study v2 Community Based Heritage Study v2 (1080 KB)

Thematic History of Young Thematic History of Young (1051 KB)

Main St Heritage Study Main St Heritage Study (18872 KB)

Heritage Strategy Heritage Strategy (1121 KB)

Aboriginal Heritage Study Aboriginal Heritage Study (35949 KB)