The Millers Point and Dawes Point Village Precinct was listed on the NSW Heritage Register in 2004. It was the first listing of an entire precinct on the register. As such it marked the inestimable State and National significance of the built structures and the socio-cultural elements of the precinct. The application and listing was fully funded by the community.
Millers Point Conservation Area – NSW Heritage Register
In 2000 the Assistant Director of the NSW Heritage Office, Reece McDougall, prompted this community project. Acknowledging the precinct’s value, that only individual properties had been listed, and that listing was then beyond the Heritage Office budget, he questioned the possibility of a community led and funded undertaking.
Following extensive negotiations with the NSW Minister for Planning and the City of Sydney, and over $25,000 raised, the submission was finally accepted by the Heritage Council. Listing was announced by the NSW Assistant Planning Minister on Observatory Hill on 20 June 2003.
The true value of the precinct is aptly summarised in the Housing NSW Conservation Management Guidelines 2007. The guidelines state their intention as a guide “not only to Housing NSW, but also all stakeholders in Millers Point towards a common vision and objective of maintaining this unique place and its residential community as a priceless asset of the people of New South Wales and Australia.”