New South Wales

Three Sydney landmarks receive State heritage protection

THE NSW Government this week announced that three Sydney landmarks – the Queen Victoria Building, Sydney Town Hall and Luna Park – were listed on the State Heritage Register.

Premier Kristina Keneally, Planning Minister Tony Kelly and Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore made the announcement at Sydney's Town Hall on Tuesday.

At the announcement, Ms Keneally said that the "three sites embody the history and identity of Australia's global city" and that the State heritage listing "will also ensure that they are protected and can be enjoyed for generations to come." Ms Keneally added that "it is impossible to think about Sydney without these three landmarks."

The listings mean that any major works for the sites would be referred to the Heritage Council of NSW as well as Sydney City Council. In addition, the listings enable increased access to State Government heritage funding and also require the buildings to be maintained to a certain standard.

The Queen Victoria Building (built 1893-1898) occupies a full city block with its main address on George Street, Sydney. The QVB was originally constructed as the city's central markets and currently serves as a retail centre.

The Sydney Town Hall (built 1869-1889) is used for City of Sydney meetings and administration.

Luna Park (1930s) is an amusement park located at Milsons Point, on the northern shore of Sydney Harbour. It is an example of an amusement park and fantasy architecture in the Art Deco style of the 1930s.

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