1) Heritage Asset Management Strategy
RailCorp has the largest number of heritage assets to manage of any NSW Government agency. It is a challenging task and ORH has led a strategic approach including:
- The review and updating of the Heritage Register to account for all assets (over 550 register entries, with individual assets numbering over 1300) and development of a Thematic History of the NSW Railways. This work won the 2010 National Trust NSW Award, Corporate / Government Category – Development.
- Senior Management Committee oversight of collaborative initiatives to progressively integrate heritage management into RailCorp’s project, maintenance and environment systems.
- The provision of advice, tools and templates and education sessions to actively promote conservation and improve heritage management.
This strategic approach is getting results such as reduced turnaround time for Heritage Branch approvals due to improved quality of submissions by RailCorp. On 10 May 2013 the Minister for Heritage, approved a range of agency-specific exemptions, allowing RailCorp to now conduct particular minor works to listed buildings reflecting confidence in RailCorp’s heritage management.
2) Management of Heritage Assets by volunteer based organisations
In 2006 Cabinet endorsed a strategy for the sustainable management of a specific heritage portfolio whereby ORH would build on the proud tradition of conservation by volunteer based groups throughout NSW. ORH now has Custody Management Agreements with twelve organisations. This allows funding support for planned conservation projects involving assigned State owned buildings, rolling stock and objects. Through operation and display at sites across NSW these groups are ensuring public access to over 150 years of railway history.