The Hurstville LGA encompasses a broad region of Sydney’s south, along the Georges River. Its diverse cultural and natural heritage consists of buildings from all periods of Sydney’s development, park and bushlands, archaeological sites and monuments.
City Plan Heritage was commissioned by Hurstville City Council to undertake a Community Based Heritage Study Review of the previous heritage study dating from 1988. The Heritage Study Review comprised a review and assessment of the existing inventory of heritage items and a survey of the entire Local Government Area to identify new heritage items, conservation areas and streetscapes. New items were also based on nominations received from the community, Australian Institute of Architects, National Trust of Australia (NSW) and the members of the Heritage Study Working Group. Hurstville City’s natural beauty has also been assessed including landscape elements and streetscapes such as Oatley Park, Salt Pan Creek and significant plantings.
City Plan Heritage has explored the process of development in Hurstville through the continuous changes present in its built heritage. The subdivision history of the local area has played a key role in the development of the physical identity of the LGA, along with the changes following the construction of the first road through the area (Forest Road), then the railway, and later the post war expansion of residential suburban development. The heritage study provided an in depth understanding of the historic, aesthetic, scientific, social and natural significance.