Have your say on future plans for Kingston

I encourage all interested community members and groups to engage during the upcoming consultations for the preparation of a Site Master Plan for Kingston, and the update of the current Heritage Management Plan.

Following delays due to COVID-19, GML Heritage and Conrad Gargett will be on Norfolk Island from Monday, 28 February next week to consult with the community.

The existing 2016 Heritage Management Plan is due for its five-yearly review, while the Site Master Plan will be the first document to look holistically at Kingston and its opportunities, combining architecture, built heritage, landscape and tourism.

The plans will seek to reflect community expectations of future possibilities for the site, and identify specific actions over the next five to ten years to improve conservation, building use and accessibility, site connectivity and visitor experiences.

I am looking forward to genuine engagement from the wide range of organisations and individuals who have an interest in Kingston as the development of these plans commences.

This is an opportunity to contribute your views, so that we can collectively work towards the best outcomes for the community and the diverse interests in Kingston.

GML Heritage and Conrad Gargett invite community members to attend a number of drop-in consultation sessions as outlined below. At these sessions, you can meet the project team, understand the purpose and scope of the two projects, and share your views on the key opportunities and pressures for Kingston, as well as suggestions for the future of the site.

Group Date Time Location
Norfolk Island community members Monday 28 February 4.00pm – 6.00pm Golf Club
School-aged/younger site users and their families Tuesday 1 March 2.30pm – 4.00pm Norfolk Island Central School Library
Kingston landholders and leaseholders Wednesday 2 March 4.30pm – 6.00pm Rawson Hall Supper Room
Tourism operators Thursday 3 March 9.30am – 11.00am Golf Club

GML Heritage and Conrad Gargett will also be meeting with specific groups to discuss the project throughout the week.

This initial round of community consultation is to inform the development of draft plans. Norfolk Island community members will have further opportunity to again provide input and feedback to both plans through public consultation later in the year.

More information can be found at kingston.norfolkisland.gov.au/projects or by contacting the Kingston team on +6723 23177 or +6723 23315.

Eric Hutchinson, Chair, Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area Advisory Committee