1) Australia ICOMOS - Canberra Talk Series
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2) ADVANCE NOTICE - ISCs HALF-DAY WORKSHOP - 21 November 2008
3) Architecture + Heritage Forum - Tuesday 14 October 12.00-2.00pm,
4) 12th US/ICOMOS INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM - call for abstracts
5) Link to Heritage South Australia's Enews
6) Old Parliament House: Refurbishment of the South-East Wing - public
7) Aboriginal Affairs Victoria: Heritage Project Officer - Gippsland
8) Heritage Conservation Team, Heritage Branch, South Australia - three
9) Conservation Manager - Port Arthur Historic Site Management
1) Australia ICOMOS - Canberra
Evidence and Values/Fact or Fetish-Reflecting
Significant 'Events' in Australia's Heritage Registers
Meredith Walker and Andrew Sneddon
The creation of the National Heritage List by the Environment
Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 raises new
questions about the scope and application of those heritage principles
adopted and adapted by the Australian heritage profession.
With the EPBC Act emphasising heritage 'places' and 'values',
there has been a subtle shift away from the tangible, such that we may
now ask: just how important is physical evidence anyway?
ICOMOS members Meredith Walker and Andrew Sneddon will discuss these
developments by reference to recent additions to the National Heritage
List and nominations to other heritage registers that have proved less
successful. They will draw on examples from our own history including the
site of Ned Kelly's capture at Glenrowan, the site of the Eureka
Stockade, and the place where the infamous Battle of Brisbane was fought
in World War II.
The presentation will include discussion about what types of places might
warrant listing and other options for recognising historic places.
Meredith and Andrew's presentations will develop some of the themes of
their papers presented at an ICOMOS/ICCROM conference in Florence in
2007, organised by the ICOMOS Scientific Committee on Theory and
Philosophy of Conservation and Restoration (the Theory committee).
Members and the public are welcome. Refreshments available.
Time & Date: 5.00-6.30 pm, Thursday 2 October - the talk
will actually start at 5.30.
Venue: Menzies Room, National Archives of Australia, East
Block, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes (enter from Kings Avenue
RSVP: To Duncan Marshall at
2) ADVANCE NOTICE - ISCs HALF-DAY
WORKSHOP - 21 November 2008
Australia ICOMOS is holding a meeting of Australian members of ICOMOS
International Scientific Committees in Melbourne in conjunction with the
AGM and other events over the weekend 21-23 November.
The ISC meeting will be in Melbourne on Friday 21 November: the time and
location will be announced soon.
ICOMOS is working to make the ISCs more inclusive and effective. ISC
members and others interested in the work of the ISCs are invited to
attend and contribute to this half-day event.
ISC members are invited to:
topics for discussion
presentations (say 5-15min) as part of any of the agenda items below
Members attending the Quebec General Assembly are invited to seek
informal comments from people they meet about the use of International
charters in other countries
1. Role of ICOMOS International
2. What ISCs are doing - News from
the Quebec General Assembly ISC meetings etc
3. ICOMOS international charters and
declarations - their use in Australia and overseas
4. International charters and The
Burra Charter - what can we learn from overseas practice?
5. Issues for ISC subject areas in
6. What can Australia ICOMOS do to
support the work of ISCs?
If you would like to contribute or discuss, please contact:
3) Architecture + Heritage Forum -
Tuesday 14 October 12.00-2.00pm, WA
Architecture + Heritage Forum
Tuesday 14 October 12.00-2.00pm
Australian Institute of Architects Boardroom
33 Broadway, Nedlands, WA
This inaugural 'Architecture + Heritage' forum will provide a keynote
address from eminent architectural critic Elizabeth Farrelly, an award
winning author and columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald and a
panel discussion on the challenges and solutions for designing new
buildings in a heritage context.
What works, what doesn't and what does it matter?
The forum is being presented by the Australian Institute of Architects, Palassis
Architects and the Heritage Council of WA as part of Architecture Week activities
in WA. Bookings are essential and places are limited. See
the attached flyer for more information.
4) 12th US/ICOMOS INTERNATIONAL
SYMPOSIUM - call for abstracts
12th US/ICOMOS INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM
11-15 March, 2009, New Orleans, Louisiana
PRESERVATION IN PERIL
Disaster Preparedness, Rapid Response,
and Sustainable Recovery in the 21st Century
Deadline for abstract submittal is 31 October 2008
(please read all information below carefully before submitting an
Heritage sites and their stewardship are vital to community identity and
cohesiveness, the development and enhancement of civic life, and
fostering and maintaining the goal for public participation that are the
basis of American society and are a major contribution to efforts in
cultural diplomacy abroad. The participation of U.S. preservationists in
the international heritage community helps build strong bridges with
other nations, particularly when planning for and providing international
disaster preparedness and relief assistance. Learning from the experience
of other countries and cultures is also crucial to the U.S. ability to
develop better plans.
During times of disaster, the need for human survival is the first
priority, yet efforts to rebuild infrastructure and re-house displaced
populations are underway within a short time. Large-scale natural
disasters in recent years include Hurricanes Katrina, Gustaf, Ike and
Rita and their effects on New Orleans, the Gulf Coast and the entire
Caribbean region; earthquakes in Iran and China; the tsunami in Southeast
Asia; floods throughout the U.S. Midwest, in northern and central Europe,
and in South America, India, Bangladesh and South East Asia; the growing
desertification in Africa; and raging fires at important sites in England
and Greece, among numerous other examples. Given trends in global climate
change and its effects, such phenomena, and others, are likely to have an
increasingly profound effect on heritage sites.
Heritage preservation is a vital tool for rebuilding the social,
economic, and environmental assets of communities. Without proper
planning and preparedness, heritage resources that may have survived the
initial disaster can be further harmed during rebuilding efforts or
through lack of such initiatives. In addition to the
community-building or rebuilding - functions of heritage sites, many
communities depend on economic activity derived from heritage tourism,
rendering rapid response and recovery for heritage sites a core issue for
the economic recovery of communities struck by disasters.
Theme of the 2009 US/ICOMOS International
The 2009 US/ICOMOS International Symposium will address recurrent issues
of disaster preparedness, rapid response, and sustainable recovery
utilizing examples from across the U.S. and around the world that have
dealt with flood, fire, earthquake, and other natural and human-induced
threats to heritage sites. Presentations will highlight
critically-assessed lessons learned. Specifically, the symposium will
- A pre-conference mobile
workshop on the Mississippi Gulf Coast;
- Presentations by
invited speakers with experience in heritage management in times of
- Field sessions
throughout New Orleans neighbourhoods during the conference.
Through symposium activities, participants will gain first-hand exposure
to the range of issues and the challenges for preparedness and response.
By assessing existing models and through dialogue with presenters,
participants will have the opportunity to compare and evaluate practices
to find effective and sustainable strategies for use in the U.S. and
US/ICOMOS is confident that the symposium exchanges and its results will
promote national, regional and local models of preparedness, response and
recovery for heritage sites. The resulting plan toward developing a model
will better protect the cultural heritage of the U.S. and also play a
significant role in fostering international cooperation in heritage
recovery efforts throughout the world. A final report to be prepared upon
completion of the symposium will provide a framework for a disaster
preparedness, rapid response, and sustainable recovery model that can be
built upon and implemented within in the U.S and elsewhere. It will also
help shape U.S. assistance provided overseas.
Call for Abstracts (due 31 October 2008)
Therefore, US/ICOMOS seeks abstracts that discuss innovative, successful
programs and partnerships involving collaboration in international
preservation within these three broad areas:
- disaster preparedness
- rapid response by
preservation/conservation professionals; and
- sustainable recovery
efforts following damage by disasters to heritage sites.
US/ICOMOS is particularly interested in receiving abstracts from ICOMOS
members overseas and from the international community at large.
Instructions for Submitting an Abstract (please
- Abstracts must be
received in US/ICOMOS by 31 October 2008
- Maximum text of 250
words in English
- US/ICOMOS will accept
electronic (Microsoft Word or Adobe pdf files only) or hard copy
- Abstracts may be
accompanied by one (1) illustration only
- The page with the
abstracts must contain AT THE TOP the title of the proposed paper, the
name of the author(s), and contact information (institutional affiliate,
mailing address, phone number and
A committee of distinguished preservationists will evaluate all
abstracts. Authors selected for paper presentations will be notified by
10 December 2008. Non-complying abstracts may not be considered.
Send Abstracts To:
Please, send your abstracts -
- by e-mail to:
- by fax to
- by courier/regular air
mail (please, no return mail signature requests nor registered
Attn: 12th Symposium Abstracts
401 F Street NW, Suite 331
Washington DC 20001-2728
Note: Each year, US/ICOMOS has made every effort to secure
grants and monetary contributions to help defray travel, lodging, and
registration costs for international speakers selected to present papers.
While US/ICOMOS cannot guarantee that such funding will be available in
2009, we will try once again to secure such support.
5) Link to Heritage South
To view the September 2008 issue of Heritage South Australia's
6) Old Parliament House:
Refurbishment of the South-East Wing - public comment invited
Old Parliament House seeks comments by Friday 17 October 2008 on
the Referral for the proposed South-East (House of Representatives) Wing
Refurbishment for the purpose of accommodating the Australian Prime
For further information, visit
7) Aboriginal Affairs Victoria:
Heritage Project Officer - Gippsland Heritage Programs
Heritage Project Officer - Gippsland
$62,116 - $70,477 (as at 1 October2008) plus 9% super
Full Time / Fixed term: Up to December 2009
Aboriginal Affairs Victoria (AAV) provides leadership and guides action
across government to enable Indigenous communities to drive policy
development and service delivery, strengthened by additional resources
Are you a team player? Can you build and maintain relationships with
ease? Do you have sound knowledge of Aboriginal cultural heritage
management issues relevant to South-eastern Australia? If so, read on...
As Heritage Project Officer, Gippsland Heritage Programs is responsible
for implementing cultural heritage management programs and policies in
partnership with local and regional stakeholders in the Gippsland Region.
You will work with the local Aboriginal communities to strengthen their
capacity to manage their cultural heritage and identified culturally
significant land/s within the region.
To apply online and access the position description and key selection
search via reference number DPCD/PACA/500110.
Closing date for applications is Tuesday 7 October 2008.
8) Heritage Conservation Team,
Heritage Branch, South Australia - three positions
Heritage Conservation Team, Heritage
Branch, South Australia
There are three positions currently available in our Heritage
- Team Leader Heritage
- Senior Conservation
- Project Leader,
These positions will be advertised in the Weekend Australian over
the coming month.
The Team Leader Heritage Conservation Policy PO4 ($77,664 -
$84,895) will be a member of a highly skilled management team leading
change and will lead a creative team of highly skilled professionals
influencing the direction of heritage conservation policy and
conservation management in South Australia. We are looking for an
experienced Heritage Architect, however applicants from other heritage
disciplines will the right experience should also apply.
The Senior Conservation Architect PO2 ($61,060 - $68,023) will
play a key role contributing to a sense of difference that heritage makes
in the appearance and performance of the City, regional townships, rural
areas and the Outback, direction of heritage conservation policy and
conservation management in South Australia. The positions offers travel
across the State, engaging with a variety of heritage places, problem
solving with owners and other government agencies in a broad range of
The Project Leader, Strategic Projects ($68,623 - $72,832) will
play a key role in implementing policies, and programs at the interface
of the heritage and planning systems in South Australia. South Australia
is experiencing significant urban growth and consolidation. A new
approach is required to improve the relationship between the heritage and
planning systems to ensure that our heritage is conserved for future
generations while supporting sustainable economic growth &
development. Success in this position will require a degree or post
graduate qualification in Law, Planning, Public Policy and/or Heritage
The Department of Environment and Heritage offers attractive remuneration
and flexible conditions of employment, including job share, and actively
supports professional training.
To find out more about the Department and any of these positions, once
they are advertised, visit
www.environment.sa.gov.au/vacancies to download the job and person
specification or contact Raina Nechvoglod Manager Heritage Branch on (08)
8124 4979 or
9) Conservation Manager - Port
Arthur Historic Site Management Authority
Department of Conservation and Infrastructure, Port Arthur Historic
Site Management Authority, Port Arthur, Tasmania
Vacancy No: CM170908
Salary Range: $80,768 - $86,226 per annum
Job Type: Permanent full time
Closing Date: Wednesday 8 October 2008
Job kits (including Statement of Duties and Selection Criteria) can be
obtained from the Human Resources Co-ordinator (contact details below) or
- Manage capital and
maintenance works relating to both the conservation of historic fabric
and structures and the provision of site infrastructure and ensure that
the cultural heritage values of the Port Arthur Historic Site and the
Coal Mines Historic Site are maintained and protected
- Provide strategic
advice and management support to the Director Conservation and
Infrastructure on conservation and infrastructure issues affecting the
Site, including the effects of tourism and related activities
- Contribute to the
establishment of PAHSMA as a centre of excellence in the conservation and
interpretation of a cultural place of international significance.
Desirable Requirements: Degree in Architecture or a related
discipline or equivalent qualifications acceptable to the Authority.
Enquiries to: Jane Harrington, Director of Conservation
& Infrastructure, Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority,
Port Arthur, phone (03) 6251 2300, FAX (03) 6251 2322 or email
Applications to: Jane Bale, HR Coordinator, Port Arthur
Historic Site Management Authority, Port Arthur, phone (03) 6251 2357,
fax (03) 6251 2322 or email
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