Hamilton Residential Precinct becomes city's first substantial heritage conservation area in 20 years.

CONSERVATION: Hamilton resident Rod Noble with Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes in front of Rod's freestanding terrace house in Lawson Street, Hamilton.

CONSERVATION: Hamilton resident Rod Noble with Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes in front of Rod's freestanding terrace house in Lawson Street, Hamilton.

As Australia's second oldest city, Newcastle has a rich and unique history.

One of the most visible reminders of our past can be found in the evolution of a suburb's architecture from Colonial times to the current day. While we are committed to transforming Newcastle into a smart, liveable, global city, we are equally passionate about recognising and retaining the unique character of our region for future generations to experience.

With that in mind, I'm pleased to say that we have worked with the NSW Government to create the City's first substantial heritage conservation area in 20 years, which covers the historically significant Hamilton Residential Precinct.

The status will protect a four-block area between Donald and Tudor Streets bounded by Gordon Avenue to the east and Murray Street to the west, clearly defining acceptable new developments as well as alterations and additions to ensure they complement the original character of the suburb.

Hamilton's unique architectural character dates from the late 19th and early decades of the 20th century, featuring late Victorian terraces and cottages, Federation cottages and bungalows in the popular styles of the time, with Italianate, Queen Anne, Edwardian, California and Spanish Mission influences.

Retaining this character helps preserve our Novocastrian cultural identity and demonstrates our sense of pride in heritage places.

Matt Murray