Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 293

An information service provided by the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat
Friday 3 August 2007

1)  Conserving Malta’s Built Heritage through Adaptive Re-use
2)  World Heritage Seminar and AGM at the Sydney Opera House
3)  Call for Papers 6th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities
4)  Government Media Release: Convict Sites Protected For Future Generations
5)  Other Media Releases:  Opposition commitment to Ningaloo Reef
6)  News from Heritage Tasmania
7)  News from ICCROM
8)  Your chance to help conserve Australian Antarctic icon
9)  World Heritage Studies  Master of Arts Programme
10)  Situation Vacant: Personal Assistant
11)  Situation Vacant: Executive Officer
12)  Heritage Consultant/Archaeological Vacancies in Sydney
13)  Situation Vacant: Heritage Architect or Assistant


1) Conserving Malta’s Built Heritage through Adaptive Re-use

Research Seminar
Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific

Thursday 9 th August
from 4:30pm

Conserving Malta’s Built Heritage through Adaptive Re-use

Presenters: Samantha Fabry and Dr Malcolm Borg Directors, Heritage Enterprise

Launched in April 1999, Heritage Enterprise is a private organisation situated in Malta. Created based on a Building Preservation Charity, the Company was formed to identify, rescue, repair, restore and rehabilitate historic or architecturally significant buildings within Malta through adaptive re-use. H.E. currently provides a professional consultancy service for architects, engineers or other professionals working in the field of heritage management adhering to International Charters and Conventions. Heritage Enterprise is geared at creating Conservation Management Plans and Conservation Method Statements both within and outside of Malta. This presentation will be aimed at highlighting some of the properties and sites which Heritage Enterprise has worked upon.

There is no entry charge and everyone is welcome

Venue: The Blue Room, Building B Room 2.20, Deakin University

For a map of the campus see


2) World Heritage Seminar and AGM at the Sydney Opera House

Australia ICOMOS usually holds its AGM in conjunction with the Annual Conference to make it easier for members from other States and Territories to attend. This year, because our Cairns conference was in July, the AGM will be a separate event in Sydney on Friday 23 November. To encourage you to come, we are planning to hold a half-day seminar beforehand on World Heritage, at Australia's latest World Heritage site. Put the date in your diary now - more details to come! The following is an extract from the Statement of Outstanding Universal Value adopted by the World Heritage Committee when it inscribed the Opera House on the World Heritage List:

The Sydney Opera House constitutes a masterpiece of 20th century architecture. Its significance is based on its unparalleled design and construction; its exceptional engineering achievements and technological innovation and its position as a world-famous icon of architecture. It is a daring and visionary experiment that has had an enduring influence on the emergent architecture of the late 20th century. Utzon’s original design concept and his unique approach to building gave impetus to a collective creativity including architects, engineers and builders. Ove Arup’s engineering achievements helped make Utzon’s vision a reality. The design represents an extraordinary interpretation and response to the setting in Sydney Harbour. The Sydney Opera House is also of outstanding universal value for its achievements in structural engineering and building technology. The building is a great artistic monument and an icon, accessible to society at large.

Criterion i: The Sydney Opera House is a great architectural work of the 20th century. It represents multiple strands of creativity, both in architectural form and structural design, a great urban sculpture carefully set in a remarkable waterscape and a world famous iconic building.


3) Call for Papers 6th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities

Call for Papers/Abstracts/Submissions
6th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities
January 11 - 14, 2008
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio
Honolulu Hawaii, USA

Submission Deadline: August 23, 2007

Sponsored by:
University of Louisville - Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods
The Baylor Journal of Theatre and Performance

Web address:
Email address:

The 6th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities will be held from January 11 (Friday) to January 14 (Monday), 2008 at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, and the Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio, in Honolulu, Hawaii. The conference will provide many opportunities for academicians and professionals from arts and humanities related fields to interact with members inside and outside their own particular disciplines. Cross-disciplinary submissions with other fields are welcome.

Topic Areas (All Areas of Arts & Humanities are Invited):
*American Studies
*Art History
*Ethnic Studies
*Graphic Design
*Landscape Architecture
*Performing Arts
*Postcolonial Identities
*Product Design
*Second Language Studies
*Visual Arts
*Other Areas of Arts and Humanities
*Cross-disciplinary areas of the above related to each other or other areas.

Submitting a Proposal:

You may now submit your paper/proposal by using our new online submission system! To use the system, and for detailed information about submitting see:

Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities
P.O. Box 75036
Honolulu, HI 96836 USA
Telephone: (808) 542-4385
Fax: (808) 947-2420


4) Government Media Release:
Convict Sites Protected For Future Generations

Eight convict sites across New South Wales, Tasmania and Norfolk Island will now be legally protected under commonwealth law, following their inclusion on the National Heritage List.
Making the announcement at Hyde Park Barracks in Sydney today, the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Malcolm Turnbull, said the nation's highest heritage honour had been awarded to:
New South Wales - Old Government House and the Government Domain; Hyde Park Barracks; Cockatoo Island; the Old Great North Road Precinct;
Tasmania - The Cascades Female Factory; Darlington Probation Station; the Coal Mines Historic Site;
Norfolk Island - Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area (KAVHA).


5) Other Media Releases
Opposition commitment:
Kevin Rudd - Peter Garrett Joint Release 
Federal Labor To Fast Track World Heritage Listing For Ningaloo Reef  1 August

A Rudd Labor Government will fast track Australia’s nomination for World Heritage listing of Ningaloo Reef - WA’s largest and most accessible coral reef.
Ningaloo Reef is one of Australia’s great natural wonders, extending 260 km from Point Murat on the tip of the North West Cape to Amherst Point, just south of Coral Bay.
The WA Government has had a long standing commitment to seek World Heritage listing and has been actively seeking Federal Government support since 2003.
The preservation of Ningaloo Reef will be a top priority for a Rudd Labor Government.

This Federal Labor election commitment delivers on the resolution passed at ALP National Conference earlier this year that: “Labor will seek World Heritage listing for Ningaloo Reef, based on the boundaries proposed by the West Australian Labor Government.’
1 AUGUST 2007


6) News from Heritage Tasmania

Convict sawing station listed on the Heritage Register
The Tasmanian Heritage Council has provisionally listed the Birchs Bay convict sawing station archaeological site on the Tasmanian Heritage Register.

Memory of the World  International Register 2007
The Tasmanian convict records held in the Archives Office of Tasmania, together with those of New South Wales and Western Australia, have been added to the UNESCO Memory of the World International Register. They form one of only four items from Australia on the list. More than 150 items have been recognised as having world-wide significance. The register is the equivalent, for documents, of the World Heritage List for built and natural sites.

Looking after our heritage bridges
A recent accident on the Richmond Bridge which resulted in damage to a parapet provides a good opportunity to look at works planned for Tasmania's heritage bridges. Overall responsibility for publicly-owned heritage bridges resides with the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources (DIER). DIER allocated more than $650,000 for works on a number of Tasmania's bridges. The projects include: Upgrading the Tyenna River Bridge at Westerway; rehabilitating three of the four sets of steps at the corners of the historic, convict-built, Ross Bridge; engaging consultants to conduct the 10-year review of the Richmond Bridge Conservation Plan; and laser scanning the Red Bridge at Campbell Town, which is the oldest convict-built red brick bridge in Australia. This will provide a reference for future restoration work.

For more information please contact:
 Robyn Shaw (Communications Coordinator) on 6233 2067 or email
Phone: 1300 850 332 (local call cost) or (03) 6233 2037 | Fax: (03) 6233 3186 | Email:


7) News from ICCROM


CollAsia 2010 - Traditional Knowledge and Scientific Principles of Conservation
2 August. Applications are now open for the CollAsia 2010 course on Traditional Knowledge and Scientific Principles of Conservation to be held in Laos from 19 November - 14 December 2007.
Application deadline: 15 September

AFRICA 2009 - Thematic seminar: Communication as a means to conserve and manage immovable heritage
24 May.  Applications are now open for the Thematic Seminar: Communication as a means to conserve and manage immovable heritage to be held in Mauritania from 22 - 23 October.2007.
Application deadline: 31 August 2007

Reopening: following the summer book cleaning project, the ICCROM Library will reopen to the public on Monday 6 August.

Heritage news in the media worldwide
A new feature on the web site: a monthly compilation of media articles on heritage topics. Obviously, these all reflect the viewpoints of the authors.

Forum 2007: Privatisation and Cultural Heritage
2 August. Since the announcement of the Forum, ICCROM has received many enquiries about participating in the event. As well as the scientific papers, there will also be opportunities to send in comments on your experiences, insights, and reflections on 'Privatisation and Cultural Heritage' and to present posters.



8) Your chance to help conserve Australian Antarctic icon

The Assistant Minister for the Environment and Water Resources John Cobb and the Australian Antarctic Division invite public comment on the management of Australia’s most significant historic site in Antarctica.

The Mawson’s Huts Historic Site contains the remains of the base established in 1912 at Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay in Antarctica by Australian geologist and explorer, Douglas Mawson.

Mr Cobb said that Dr Mawson was a major player in the Heroic Age in Antarctic exploration and ranks alongside Amundsen, Shackleton and Scott.

“Mawson instigated what became the forerunner of Australia’s current Antarctic endeavours, as it was he who lobbied the government of the time to fund Antarctic research.

“His forays into Antarctic research and exploration earned him a knighthood in 1914 from King George V.

“Cape Denison is an inhospitable part of Antarctica - the place Mawson named ‘the home of the blizzard’.
“The buildings and artefacts have withstood the elements since Mawson and his men left early in 1914.
“The site comprises the intact main hut where Mawson and his men lived and worked, and the magnetograph building which housed his measuring instruments. Two other are in ruins,” Mr Cobb said.

The Mawson’s Huts Historic Site is registered under the Environment Protection and Conservation Act 1999 on the National and Commonwealth Heritage lists. It is protected as a Historic Site, an Antarctic Specially Protected Area, and an Australian Specially Managed Area under the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty (the Madrid Protocol).

Copies of the Mawson’s Huts Historic Site Draft Management Plan can be viewed online at: and or at the Australian Antarctic Division, Kingston, Tasmania and Department of Environment and Water Resources, Canberra.

The closing date for public comment is 24 August, 2007.


9) World Heritage Studies:  Master of Arts Programme

At Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU), Cottbus, Germany

World Heritage Studies is a unique and innovative programme that takes up the technical, socio-economic, cultural, ecological and political challenges related to the protection of World Heritage by the means of an interdisciplinary curriculum.  It cuts across all faculties of BTU. 

The program is taught in English.
For details including application deadlines please consult the website

Programme Director: Prof Dr. Marie-Theres Albert

Programme Coordinator


10) Situation Vacant- Personal Assistant

• Unique opportunity
• Enjoys people contact
• Located in Camberwell

An exciting opportunity exists for an exceptional PA to join our dynamic team and work in a multi-faceted role which offers variety and diversity. The successful candidate will need to be open to change and to think outside of the square, be enthusiastic, reliable, highly organised with strong attention to detail, demonstrate initiative, possess excellent communication skills with people at all levels.

You will be working closely with the CEO to build the business in an exciting growth period.
You will be extremely professional in your approach to work and have PA experience in a corporate environment.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, admin support, event organisation, typing documents and client interaction.
Book-keeping is an advantage. High level computer skills including proficient use of all Microsoft programs is essential. MAC skills are an advantage.

Salary range of $45,000 to $55,000 plus superannuation.

The company is looking to take on a PA for an immediate start.
Closing date Submit your application and CV before 6th August 2007. Applications will be assessed as they are received.
For more details relating to the position, please contact ISS Institute :
T 9882 0055 E W


11) Situation Vacant: Executive Officer

Australian Council of National Trusts
A full time position located in Canberra

The Australian Council of National Trusts (ACNT) is a not for profit company, a leader in providing advice and advocacy for heritage matters in Australia and the national body representing individual State and Territory National Trusts.

Applications are invited for the position of Executive Officer of the ACNT

The EO is accountable to the ACNT Board.

The successful applicant will have the following competencies:
·        Extensive understanding, experience or qualifications in the heritage area
·        Excellent management, advocacy and leadership skills
·        Good financial and budgeting skills
·        Demonstrated ability to partner funding bodies and stakeholders
·        High level communication and interpersonal skills
·        Ability to manage staff in a small office environment

Ability to travel and work flexible hours is essential.

An attractive salary package will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

An information package including position description and Key Selection Criteria is available from Patrick Comben 02 6642 4122; 0429424122

Written applications addressing the Selection Criteria must be received no later than 13th August 2007


12) Heritage Consultant/Archaeological Vacancies in Sydney

Heritage Concepts Pty Ltd is a well established Sydney based archaeological and cultural heritage consulting firm providing a diverse range of services to government, corporate and private clients throughout Australia. We offer a total heritage service to our clients and work equally in the fields of Indigenous and non Indigenous heritage & archaeological management. Services typically offered include archaeological assessments, heritage assessments, heritage impact statements, archaeological excavations large and small, preparation of conservation management plans, archaeological zoning plans and planning review documents etc.

Our team is passionate about the work we do and has a core focus on providing ethically sound solutions to our client’s needs which adequately address the concerns of all community stakeholders. The company presently employs 2 principal archaeologists, 3 project archaeologists/researchers, 3 junior archaeologists/researchers and 1 part time historic artefact specialist.

Due to an increasing project load we are looking for a number of senior and mid level professionals to work in our Sydney office, located 5 minutes walk from Circular Quay.

Senior Consultant / Archaeologist
We are seeking a highly skilled archaeologist with demonstrated knowledge in Aboriginal cultural heritage management, excellent negotiation and communication skills, ability to think strategically, experience in the management of Aboriginal archaeological projects and an interest in business development.

The suitable candidate must have at least 5 years demonstrated experience working in the Aboriginal archaeological consulting industry and the ability to build effective working relationships with Aboriginal stakeholder groups and clients. The suitable candidate will show they can effectively manage assessment and excavation projects from start to finish and obtain excavation permits from the relevant NSW authorities.

Senior Consultant remuneration
We are prepared to offer a generous salary package (indicative range $65k -$100k depending on academic qualifications, experience and client list), tailored to the successful candidate’s needs and experience, including, after a qualifying period access to performance based bonus options. An assistance package will be available to a successful interstate candidate to help defray relocation costs.

Project Archaeologists / Heritage Consultants
We are also looking for candidates with a minimum of 12 - 24 months post graduation experience for the position of project archaeologists and/or heritage consultants. This role will involve carrying out Aboriginal and historical archaeological research, writing up predictive models under supervision etc, proving assistance in the field and general work within the office.

Successful applicants will be offered permanent, full time employment subject to an initial 3 month probationary period. Salary and conditions are negotiable and will be based upon the successful applicant’s experience.

Please email for a copy of the relevant position description and application procedure.


13) Situation Vacant: Heritage Architect or Assistant

Woodhead has a reputation for excellence, diversity and creativity in its heritage conservation services spanning more than thirty years. 

We work throughout Australia in close co-operation with all levels of Government, community groups, institutional bodies and the private sector in the management, conservation, preservation and adaptation of historic buildings and sites. 

Practicing with a well-established heritage team and in collaboration with our wider team of architects and designers the successful candidate will be responsible for assisting with existing national and state-based commissions involving:

Candidates with experience in both conservation works and the adaptive re-use of heritage places will find this position attractive and professionally rewarding. A working knowledge of the Burra Charter and conservation principles as will as strong report writing skills are highly desirable.

We are prepared to consider practicing professionals or candidates from an academic background.

This is a permanent full time role. Our successful candidate will ideally be seeking to be based in either Adelaide or Melbourne. A salary package will be agreed commensurate with skills and experience. Flexible working arrangements are accessible.

Enquiries and registrations of interest are regarded as strictly confidential and should be submitted to Mark Murphy via e-mail to or by mail to the Group HR Manager, 26 Chesser Street, Adelaide SA 5000.

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