Roads and Maritime Services' corporate commitment to environmental heritage is embodied in its Policy for the Management of Heritage Items:
To ensure that the Authority identifies and takes appropriate action in relation to all heritage items which it affects; that the Authority identifies and manages all heritage items which it owns or for which it has care and control; and that the heritage significance of the Authority's assets is established and maintained; in accordance with the requirements of relevant NSW and Federal legislation.
This document (available in the document box below) describes the history of NSW road departments, road and bridge network, vehicle regulation and licensing of drivers, traffic management and safety. The Thematic History was written in 1996 as part of the Heritage Office requirements to establish the Roads and Traffic Authority Heritage and Conservation Register (S.170 Register).
Heritage and Conservation Register
Roads and and Traffic Authority Heritage and Conservation Register was established in accordance with Section 170 of the Heritage Act, 1977 to record all the heritage items in the ownership or under the control of Roads and Maritime Services and the Roads and Traffic Authority.
The Heritage and Conservation Register has two main roles:
- To meet Roads and Maritime Services' statutory requirements
- As an essential tool in total asset management, by listing and providing information on those Roads and Maritime Services assets which have heritage significance.
Information in the Register has been prepared according to NSW Heritage Office guidelines and corresponds with information in the State Heritage Inventory, maintained by the NSW Heritage Office. You will find the level of information will vary for different items. It is intended eventually that all items will have full heritage information in line with NSW Heritage Office guidelines.
The Heritage Guidelines (currently under review) are based on the Strategic Plan, and have been prepared to assist staff who are involved in planning and environmental assessment of activities, property management & information and road & bridge asset maintenance.
Oral History Program
Roads and Maritime Services conducts an Oral History Program, which examines various topics of historical interest.
Roads and Maritime Services Heritage Committee met for the first time in December 1996. Its primary function is to:
- advise Roads and Maritime Services on the positive and pro-active management of heritage issues affected by its activities;
- review and endorse recommendations on the management of Roads and Maritime Services' Heritage Portfolio; and
- develop appropriate policy in heritage management areas.
Historical Overviews of Bridge Types in NSW
This document (available in the documents box below) includes historical overviews of bridge types in NSW. The extracts have been compiled from bridge population studies commissioned by Roads and Maritime Services Environment Branch.
Aboriginal consultation and heritage assessment
The Roads and Maritime Services Procedure for Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Consultation and Investigation has been produced in recognition of the fact that the development and delivery of Roads and Maritime Services’ (RMS) projects have the potential to impact on Aboriginal cultural heritage. The procedure is available as a download below.