Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 394
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Friday 10 July 2009


1)  Invitation to dine with Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee

2)  Australian Government review of the Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976 - REMINDER: submissions close 17 July 2009

3)  Broken Hill - a potential National Heritage List place

4)  DEWHA media release: $3.3 million boost to Indigenous heritage protection

5)  News from ICCROM

6)  New Sites added to UNESCO's World Heritage List

7)  IMPORTANT notice re: staffing of Australia ICOMOS Secretariat


1) Invitation to dine with Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee


The AICOMOS Executive Committee is meeting in Brisbane on August 8 & 9. All members, their partners, and heritage industry colleagues are welcome to the Saturday evening drinks followed by dinner.


Please see attached invitation for further information.


2) Australian Government review of the Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976 - REMINDER: submissions close 17 July 2009


The Australian Government has commenced a review of the Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976 and consideration of ratification of the UNESCO 2001 Convention for the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. A discussion paper was released on Friday 5 June 2009 and is available on the historic shipwreck web pages of the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts


Community participation is encouraged, and written submissions are invited until 17 July 2009.


The review is looking at the operation of the legislation and whether it is achieving its objectives.


The review will also consider whether Australia should amend its legislation to meet international best practice for the management of its underwater cultural heritage.


This is the first time that the Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976 has been reviewed. As the current legislative regime is now over 30 years old and the Australian Government does not have legislation in place to protect other types of archaeological sites and artefacts found in Australian waters, such as aircraft, a review is timely.


While the process of considering ratification of the Underwater Cultural Heritage Convention is separate to that of reviewing the Historic Shipwrecks Act, both issues are closely related. This review is therefore considering whether the Act should be amended having regard to both the UNESCO Underwater Cultural Heritage Convention and international best practice.


The review of the Historic Shipwrecks Act will consider the operation of the legislation and the extent to which it is achieving its purpose, the new international framework for managing underwater cultural heritage and current heritage policy needs.


The review is to be completed by 30 October 2009 and public submissions are invited until 17 July 2009 to ensure consideration of a wide range of views.


Submissions can be directed to:

Secretariat to the Review of the Historic Shipwrecks Act

GPO Box 787

Canberra ACT 2601




Submissions will be published on the review website unless marked confidential, at  


Questions about the review can be directed to the Secretariat:


Phone: 1800 018 903


3) Broken Hill - a potential National Heritage List place


Broken Hill City Council has nominated its whole local government area for inclusion on the National Heritage List. The Australian Heritage Council is currently assessing the place. The Australian Heritage Council has titled the nomination the City of Broken Hill.


Broken Hill is Australia's longest lived mining city, where some of the world's major mining companies were founded on the rich mineral deposits and where safe working practises and worker legislation were first developed for miners in Australia. The Broken Hill landscape is dominated by prominent mining structures along the Line of Lode and is an important place of inspiration for artists, filmmakers and tourists alike.


As part of the National Heritage List assessment of the City of Broken Hill, the Australian Heritage Council is seeking comments from owners and occupiers with interests in the City of Broken Hill.


For further information, visit


4) DEWHA media release: $3.3 million boost to Indigenous heritage protection


More than $3 million in Australian Government funding will help identify, protect and share Australia's Indigenous heritage.


Funding for 50 Indigenous heritage projects through the Australian Government's Indigenous Heritage Program, was announced today by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett.


Mr Garrett said funding will help community groups and individuals to identify, conserve and promote the heritage values of places important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


"Indigenous heritage sites occupy a special place in our nation's history and I am extremely pleased to announce this funding during NAIDOC Week," Mr Garrett said.


"These 50 projects are spread across the country and cover a wide range of activities. Importantly, all projects aim to maintain and protect Indigenous heritage values which make a vital contribution to Australia's rich heritage."


The projects funded include:


  The Willinggin Country - Mangurray Fencing project (WA): will fence a significant rock art site and burial site in the Kimberley region to protect it from damage from vehicles and cattle.

  The Jawoyn Cultural Heritage Mapping project (NT): will record stories, place names and history of the Jawoyn regions.

  The Ngadjuri Heritage project (SA): will do field surveys to identify and record Aboriginal sites on Plumbago Station.

  The Carbine Rock Art and Axe Quarry project (Qld): will fence off a series of rock art paintings and carvings, and an axe quarry, and install interpretative signage.

  The Deep Bay cultural heritage site project (Tas): will develop a site plan for the rehabilitation and protection of Aboriginal heritage values.

  The Mount Barker project (Vic): will survey, map and record the stone arrangements at Mt Barker.


"It is crucial we protect, preserve and promote these places for future generations and there is no better time to acknowledge this than during NAIDOC Week," Mr Garrett said.


NAIDOC Week is an annual event to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


The Indigenous Heritage Program is delivered in cooperation with the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) and Indigenous Coordination Centres (ICCs) as part of the whole of government delivery of services to Indigenous Australians.


A full list of the projects that have received 2009-10 Indigenous Heritage Program funding is available at


5) News from ICOMOS Documentation Centre





  IFLA Newsbrief, no 21 (July 2009) ( )


  New IUCN Publication: World Heritage in Danger: A compendium of key decisions on the conservation of natural World Heritage properties via the List of World Heritage in Danger. April 2009. By Tim Badman, Bastian Bomhard, Annelie Fincke et al. Gland: IUCN, 2009. 42 p. (IUCN World Heritage Studies; 7) (


  New ICCROM Publications available: (


1.    Conserving Textiles: studies in honour of Agnes Timar-Balazsy

2.    Cultural Heritage and the Law: protecting immovable heritage in English-speaking countries of sub-Saharan Africa


  World Heritage Review, no 53: 'World Heritage in Spain' (


  Nouvelles publications de la Chaire de Recherche du Canada en Patrimoine Bati: (


1.    Proces verbaux de la Table Ronde: Conserver les lieux historiques: l'approche canadienne de 1950 - 2000 / Proceedings of the Round Table: Conserving historic places: Canadian approaches from 1950-2000. Edited by Christina Cameron and Christina Boucher

2.    L'etude des valeurs patrimoniales du campus principal de l'Universite de Montreal. Mai 2008. Par Christina Cameron, Claudine Deom et Nicole Valois


  Getty Research Library: New titles in the conservation collection (May 2009) (


  Forum UNESCO - University and Heritage: Newsletter 44 (


6) New Sites added to UNESCO's World Heritage List


The World Heritage Committee recently held its 33rd session, chaired by Maria Jesus San Segundo, the Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Spain to UNESCO, and inscribed two new natural sites and 11 cultural sites on UNESCO's World Heritage List.


For details, visit


7) IMPORTANT notice re: staffing of Australia ICOMOS Secretariat


The Australia ICOMOS Secretariat will be staffed at a reduced level between

COB Friday 17 July and Wednesday 12 August.


Thank you to all Australia ICOMOS members who have renewed their membership thus far - it is much appreciated. Please note that membership renewals will not be processed during the above time period.


The E-news will still be published. Please ensure all submissions for the E-news are submitted by 12 noon Thursdays.


Though the Secretariat will be staffed intermittently, responses to queries, orders, etc may take longer than usual.


Australia ICOMOS appreciates your patience during this time.

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