Coal Loader nominated for State Heritage Register


Balls Head’s iconic Coal Loader Complex is being considered for the State Heritage Register, as a rare example of one of the first and longest operating shore-based coal loaders in Sydney Harbour.

The Heritage Council of NSW is assessing the nomination based on the site’s heritage significance to the people of New South Wales.

The complex was the largest coal loading facility in the Southern Hemisphere in 1927. 

It contributed to the development of Australia’s shipping trade and coal industries by being a focal point for interstate and international shipping from the 1920s – the early 1990s.

The site is being considered for the register due to the technical value of the historic equipment found at the site, its rare infrastructure and its association with influential people and companies in the coal and shipping industries.

It also may be of state heritage significance for its connection to the Aboriginal people of the Waverton region, who consider the rock engraving at the site to be spiritually and socially important.

The Heritage Council of NSW is currently accepting written submissions from community members, organisations, and other interested parties regarding the site’s heritage significance. 

Submissions should be posted or emailed to the Heritage Council of NSW before the 28 October 2020.

For more information on where to send submissions and the historical significance of the Coal Loader, visit the Office of Environment and Heritage NSW website.

Stephanie Aikins

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