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Owning a heritage object

The South Australian Heritage Council can enter an Object of heritage significance in the South Australian Heritage Register, if it is deemed to be intrinsically related to a State Heritage Place, under Section 14(2)(b) of the Heritage Places Act 1993.

For example, the Weighbridge at Islington Railway Workshops was entered in the Register as an Object of heritage significance related to the Islington Railway Workshops Fabrication Shop (State Heritage Place No. 14686), because it is a rare example of an early twentieth century railway weighbridge and is intrinsically related to the heritage significance of the Fabrication Shop and the manufacturing and maintenance operations of the Islington Railway Workshops.

Weighbridge, Islington Railway Workshops Fabrication Shop

Under section 14(3) of the Act, Objects of State heritage significance are to be treated as State Heritage Places and the provisions of this Act will apply to any Object that is intrinsically related to the heritage significance of a State Heritage Place or a State Heritage Area in the same way as it applies to the Place or Area.

Under Part 5 of the Act, special protection applies to Objects of heritage significance:

(2) A person must not, without a permit from the Council, damage, destroy or dispose of an object entered in the Register (either as a provisional or confirmed entry) under section 14(2)(b).

(3) A person must not, without a permit from the Council, alter an object entered in the Register (either as a provisional or confirmed entry) under section 14(2)(b) in a way that would materially affect the heritage significance of the object.

For more information on permits please contact the Council’s Permit Officer on (08) 8124 4956.

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