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Heritage Management Plan and Site Master Plan

Kingston and Arthurs Vale Historic Area is a locally, nationally and internationally significant heritage site, as well as an integral part of the life of Norfolk Island’s community. Kingston’s management is guided by a number of planning and strategic documents.

In 2021, the Department engaged GML Heritage to review and update the current Kingston Heritage Management Plan (HMP), and a team lead by Conrad Gargett architects to prepare a Site Master Plan (SMP) for Kingston.

The development of the Heritage Management Plan and Site Master Plan is progressing in tandem, and the documents are intended to complement each other to deliver a vision for the conservation, management and activation of Kingston.

GML Heritage and Conrad Gargett undertook joint consultation for the projects on Norfolk Island during the week starting 28 February 2022. The team appreciated the generosity of all participants in sharing their views on the key opportunities and pressures for Kingston, as well as suggestions for the future of the site.

Conrad Gargett will be returning to Norfolk Island from 26–28 April 2022 to consult with the community on opportunities and options for the Site Master Plan.

Building on the initial community discussions, these additional consultations are designed to give the community further input into the design of a holistic plan for the site’s future. The project team will present back on the key issues raised by the community, an analysis of the opportunities and constraints of the site, and options for future use and change.

Community members are invited to attend a community presentation and consultation session at the Pitcairn Settlers Hall from 5—6.30pm on Wednesday 27th April 2022. At this session, community members can meet the project team, understand the purpose and scope of the project, and provide feedback on options for what is possible for the future of the site. Conrad Gargett will also be meeting with a number of specific groups to discuss the initial options throughout the visit.

These initial rounds of community consultation are to inform the development of draft plans. Norfolk Island community members will have the opportunity to provide input and feedback to both plans through public consultation later in the year.

For further information, please contact the Kingston team on +6723 23177 or +6723 23315.

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

A new Site Master Plan will be prepared by Conrad Gargett for Kingston, to be coordinated with the Heritage Management Plan. The Site Master Plan will be the first document to look holistically at the site and its opportunities, combining architectural, built heritage, landscape and tourism expertise. The plan will develop a multi-layered and practical approach to sustainably develop 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 will build on previous consultation undertaken by Eric Martin and Associates PDF: 14.8 MB for a future masterplan.


Heritage Management Plans

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

  • KAVHA Information Pack DOCX: 377 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