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Heritage Management Plan

As a World, National and locally listed heritage site, a heritage management plan is required for Kingston to ensure that its heritage significance can be conserved, promoted and celebrated. The 2016 KAVHA Heritage Management Plan PDF: 38 MB is five years old and is now due for review and updating, as required under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth). Since the 2016 plan was prepared, a number of its recommendations have been implemented, and works have been undertaken at the Kingston site. The reviewed and updated heritage management plan will provide an up-to-date guide for the effective conservation and management of Kingston, support the delivery of a future vision for the side, and guide positive change that ensures Kingston remains a meaningful and memorable place to Norfolk Islanders, visitors, and the Australian and international community.

Site Master Plan

The 2023 Site Master Plan PDF: 28.3 MB has been prepared by Conrad Gargett for Kingston, and was coordinated with the Heritage Management Plan. The Site Master Plan is the first document to look holistically at the site and its opportunities, combining architectural, built heritage, landscape and tourism expertise. The plan is a multi-layered and practical approach to sustainable development of the site, including opportunities for tourism, education, interpretation, engagement with the cultural landscape, buildings and structures, living cultural and community values and opportunities for new uses and commercial development. The project built on previous consultation undertaken by Eric Martin and Associates.


Heritage Management Plans

  • KAVHA Heritage Management Plan (2016) PDF: 38 MB

Site Master Plan

Development Control Plan

  • Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area Development Control Plan (2020) PDF: 7.5 MB
  • Development Application Checklist PDF: 608 KB
  • Development Control Plan (with guidance) PDF: 7.3 MB

KAVHA Safety Reports

The three reports linked below assess risks associated with KAVHA and propose solutions to high priority issues. The KAVHA Safety Hazard Scoping Study is a comprehensive assessment of the risks to visitors and users of KAVHA as well as to the heritage structures. The KAVHA Safety Hazard Investigations report follows on from the scoping study, proposing engineering responses to mitigate several of the highest risks to people and structures. These design concepts were then independently reviewed, as documented in the third report. The department is working to resolve the safety risks and to implement solutions which are based on the advice in the AECOM report and the other expert technical advice.

  • KAVHA Safety Hazard Scoping Study (2018) PDF: 13333 KB
  • KAVHA Safety Hazard Investigations - 50% Concept Design Report (2018) PDF: 15562 KB
  • Review of KAVHA Safety Hazard Investigation (2018) PDF: 1504 KB 

Other publications

  • Research Projects and Kingston PDF: 648 KB
  • Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area Interpretation Plan (2020) PDF: 55 MB
  • HMS Sirius Site Inspection Report (2020) PDF: 18.7 MB
  • Archaeological Zoning and Management Plan Volume 1 (2019) PDF: 11.3 MB
  • Archaeological Zoning and Management Plan Volume 2 (2019) PDF: 131 MB
  • KAVHA Heritage Maintenance Manual (2019) PDF: 5354 KB
  • KAVHA Cultural Landscape Management Plan, September 2019 PDF: 14.3 MB
  • Development of A Masterplan for Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area (KAVHA): Concepts from Public Consultation (2018) PDF: 15115 KB
  • Government House Landscape & Garden Maintenance Advice (2017) PDF: 4576 KB 
  • KAVHA Condition and Conservation Report (2017) PDF: 11561 KB 
  • KAVHA Economic Feasibility Study—Final Report (2017) PDF: 1737 KB