Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 289
Its Almost Here!
Xtreme heritage:
managing heritage in the face of climatic extremes, natural disasters and military conflicts
 in tropical, desert,polar and off-world landscape
2007 Australia ICOMOS National Conference,
Cairns, Far North Queensland  July 19-21 .

An information service provided by the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat
Friday 6 July 2007

1)  31st meeting of the World Heritage Committee in Christchurch
2)  eXtreme heritage Less than 2 weeks to go!
3)  Australia ICOMOS W.A. Membership-- First Winterschool
4)  Port Arthur ‘anniversary’ symposium 56 October 2007
5)  ICOMOS International Training Committee
6)  Government media releases
7)  Call for Applications -ISSI Fellowship
8) News from ICCROM
9) Vacancy - Heritage Consultant/Archaeologist - Christchurch, New Zealand

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1) 31st meeting of the World Heritage Committee in Christchurch

I attended the meeting as a member of the Australian delegation, along with representatives from the Australian Government, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the Tasmanian Government, the NSW Heritage Council and the Sydney Opera House. The delegation was led by Greg Terrill of the Department of Environment and Water Resources.

The big news was of course the inscription of the Sydney Opera House, but the Australian accent was prominent throughout the meeting, with the Advisory Bodies to the World Heritage Committee represented by (among others) David Sheppard (IUCN) and Joan Domicelj (ICOMOS). Anita Smith and her NZ colleague Kevin Jones presented a progress report on their Thematic Study of Cultural Landscapes in the Pacific, which was warmly welcomed by the meeting and recommended by the World Heritage Committee as a model for thematic studies underpinning future tentative lists and nominations. Another delegation member, Jon Day from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, has been working on updating the Periodic Reporting methods for World Heritage Properties, and his presentation was also well received.

Despite a burst of Antarctic weather at the start of the week (those who attended the Tamaki Old Christchurch Town and Pa event had an unforgettable evening)nothing could have been warmer than the welcome we received from our New Zealand friends. Every session began and ended in song. The opening Powhiri in the afternoon, and dinner at the Airforce World Museum in the evening, were spectacular events. ICOMOS New Zealand also entertained us lavishly in the setting of the Victorian Gothic Provincial Council Buildings. Thanks to all in Christchurch for making us so welcome! I must also mention with admiration and awe the outstanding job done by the Deputy Chair of the Committee, Ole Briseid, who managed the meeting with unfailing efficiency and good humour.

Australia will be standing for election to the World Heritage Committee at the forthcoming General Assembly of States Parties in October, running in association with Vanuatu to improve representation of the Pacific region, and carry on the good work in this area of the New Zealand delegation and the retiring Chair of the Committee, Paramount Chief Tumu Te Heu Heu. The Australian team standing for the Committee, announced at the Australian reception on the Saturday night, includes Greg Terrill, Jon Day and our very own Anita Smith.

Peter Phillips


2) eXtreme heritage
Less than 2 weeks to go!

2007 Australia ICOMOS National Conference, Cairns, Far North Queensland July 19-21
eXtreme heritage: managing heritage in the face of climatic extremes, natural disasters and military conflicts in tropical, desert, polar and off-world landscapes.


3) Australia ICOMOS W.A. Membership
First Winterschool

The Old Observatory, West Perth
14th July 2007

Winterschool theme: -  Cultural Landscapes and Monuments of Nature


  9:00am         Registration and teas & coffees
  9:30am         Welcome and introduction by WA member of 2007 National Executive AI
  9:35am         Opening of Winterschool                 
  9:45am         Keynote Address on 2007 theme   Christopher Vernon (UWA)
10:15am         Questions

10:30am         Morning Tea

11:00am Capital City Heritage Initiatives                Noel Robertson (City of Perth)
11:30am         A History of a Conservation Practice    Kevin Palassis. (Palassis Architects)
12 noon The Coastal Heritage of WA               Barbara Pedersen (DPI)
12:30pm Questions

12:45pm         Lunch

1:45pm  Advocacy for Heritage Landscapes         A/Prof Jenny Gregory (NTWA)
2:15pm  A Lay Persons Perspective of Heritage   A & R Poulton (Hoopers Winery)
2:45pm           Discussion on Heritage at Risk -        Chair: WA ICOMOS Committee member
3:15pm           Questions

3:30pm           Afternoon Tea

4:00pm           Riverine Heritage                         Ross Montgomery (Consultant)
4:30pm            Discussion-Historic Urban Landscapes    Chair: WA ICOMOS Committee member
4:45pm           Close of Winterschool followed by sunset choir practice on the verandah

Contact: Don Newman M.Australia ICOMOS

         9384 3826 (H)
         0407 086 084 (M)
         9264 7668 (W)


4) Port Arthur ‘anniversary’ symposium
5 -6 October 2007

This year marks a significant anniversary for the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA), being the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Authority (1987), as well as 30 years since the first archaeological project was carried out by a team from the University of Sydney, led by Maureen Byrne.  PAHSMA is proposing to host a mini symposium on 56 October to acknowledge the significant achievements of the past 20/30 years.  While a full program is yet to be finalised, it is likely to include an afternoon of presentations to review the history and achievements of the PAHS, a special dinner event on the evening of Friday 5 October, an archaeology planning workshop on the morning of Saturday 6 October followed by an excursion to the Coal Mines Historic Site.

While this series of events is open to anyone with an interest in the Port Arthur Historic Site, we particularly wanted to alert and invite those of you who have been involved with the site in the past.

We will provide further details as they are finalised but if you are of a mind to reacquaint yourself with Port Arthur  or even visit us for the first time  keep 56 October free to come and help us celebrate.  We would love to see you. If you would like to be included on a distribution list for updates please send your details to either Greg Jackman ( or Jane Harrington ( or contact either of us on (03) 6251 2339.


5) ICOMOS International Training Committee



18-21 October 2007

The Training Committee of ICOMOS in collaboration with the City of Pisa will be holding a conference from the 18th till the 21st of October.

The focal point of the conference will be the consideration that craft and craftsmanship are central in our efforts to preserve our heritage. All our knowledge and research will at some point have to find its way into crafts and craftsmanship.

The outcome of the conference will be presented at the General Assembly in Quebec  2008.
For more information:
c.o. Instituut Collectie Nederland      or       Fax to: +31 (0)20 305 4700
P.O. Box 76709           
NL-1070 KA Amsterdam
The Netherlands


6) Government media releases

TITLE: Dampier Archipelago joins National Heritage List
PORTFOLIO: Environment and Water Resources
SNIPPET: MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP Minister for the Environment and Water Resources T101/07 3rd July 2007 DAMPIER ARCHIPELAGO JOINS NATIONAL HERITAGE LIST The renowned rock art of Western Australia's Dampier Archipelago (including the Burrup Peninsula) has been included in the National Heritage List.


7) Call for Applications
ISSI Fellowship

for trades people and artisans to 35 years of age

Applications are invited in:
* Environment and Sustainability
* Alternative Energy

Submissions in other areas will be considered such as:
* Manufacturing
* Food
* Automotive
* Engineering Trades
* Building and Construction
* Marine
* Furniture
* Heritage
* Primary Industries
* Specialist Trades

Please forward on to all you feel may be interested and who have the interest and the passion to study in areas of expertise that are not yet available in Australia

Applications to be received at the ISS Institute office no later than 4 pm Monday July 16, 2007.

For more information, go to


8) News from ICCROM

2July. ICCROM is pleased to announce the adhesion of Lesotho as a new Member State as of 1 July 2007. The adhesion of Lesotho brings the number of Member States of ICCROM to 120.

Regional course on preservation and restoration of wooden structures, Japan, 2007
1June. Applications are now open for the regional course on preservation and restoration of wooden structures in the Asia Pacific Region to be held in Japan from 18 September  19 October 2007.
Application deadline: 6 July 2007

AFRICA 2009 - Special Thematic Seminar: Cultural Heritage Management and the Challenges of HIV/AIDS
24 May.  Applications are now open for the Special Thematic Seminar: Cultural Heritage Management and the Challenges of HIV/AIDS to be held in Zambia from 19  23 November 2007.
Application deadline: 17 July 2007

2 July. From 2 July - 3 August, the ICCROM Library will be closed to the public during summer 2007 for book cleaning.

ATHÂR course begins
14 June. Under the Patronage the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities of Jordan, and the auspices of ATHÂR Programme, the Second Core Regional Course on Conservation of Heritage Sites in the Arab Region began.



9) Vacancy - Heritage Consultant/Archaeologist - Christchurch, New Zealand

Opus International Consultants Ltd is New Zealand's largest and most dynamic multidisciplinary consultancy with offices located in New Zealand and overseas.

We have an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic team player within the Property Services Group in our Christchurch office in New Zealand.

The Heritage Consultant/Archaeologist will assist in delivering quality services to a wide range of clients including local government agencies who have responsibility over Heritage Assets. These can encompass a range of heritage places including archaeological sites, buildings, cemeteries, bridges and other structures that have heritage status.

We are looking for someone who has an appropriate heritage qualification and experience in the identification, preservation, enhancement or commercial development of heritage assets and values. New Zealand experience is essential.

Please send your application or requests for position description to:
Anthony van Meer, Property Services Manager, P O Box 1482, Christchurch, New Zealand.
Or email

Applications close Friday 13 July.

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