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Friday 31July 2009



1)  Reminder - IMPORTANT notice re: staffing of Australia ICOMOS Secretariat

2)  World Heritage and Buffer Zones - Professional Update Session, 18 August

3)  Nominations - Australian Archaeological Association Awards 2009

4)  Call for Conference Papers - Volcanoes, Landscapes and Cultures, Catania, Sicily

5)  University of Canberra - Heritage Conservation Summer Schools

6)  Inherit e-news - Heritage Council of Victoria's publication available online

7)  Significance 2.0 - Part 6 is now available online!


Situations Vacant

8) Heritage Officer - Woollahra Council, NSW

9) Heritage Projects Coordinator - Rappoport Heritage Consultants, NSW


1) Reminder - IMPORTANT notice re: staffing of Australia ICOMOS Secretariat


The Australia ICOMOS Secretariat will be staffed at a reduced level until Wed 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.


2) World Heritage and Buffer Zones - Professional Update Session, 18 August

Professional update session on World Heritage paper 25, and issues for buffer zones in the Australia and the Asia - Pacific Region


This Professional Update session is the first of a series of professional development programs offered by the Institute for Professional Practice in Heritage and the Arts, Australian National University.


Professional updates will focus on current practice and issues in specific areas of professional expertise or professional practice in heritage and the Arts. This session on heritage and buffer zones is directed at cultural heritage site managers and professionals working on World Heritage issues in government and private practice, practitioners who intend to work in this area in the future and seek to be better informed, and academics and students at tertiary institutions offering heritage programs.


The UNESCO World Heritage Centre has just released a discussion paper on World Heritage and buffer zones (World Heritage paper 25).  Buffer zones are an important tool for the conservation of properties inscribed on the World Heritage List.  Under the World Heritage Operational Guidelines, the protection of the 'surroundings' or 'immediate setting' of properties is considered an essential component of the conservation strategy, both for cultural and natural heritage.


This workshop will critically examine the concept of buffer zones as applied to World Heritage conservation and how it has evolved.  It will provide opportunities for discussion of current examples of the use of buffer zones and key issues that have emerged. The discussion will be informed by a range of intriguing and challenging case studies from Australasia and the Asia-Pacific presented by leading heritage practitioners.  Participants will receive a copy of the World Heritage paper 25 report at the session.


Cost: $95.00 (Student rate $45.00)


For further details please contact:

Contact: Dr Sandy Blair

Telephone: 612 55887

Mobile: 0419447372

Email: sandy.blair@anu.edu.au or



NB - PLEASE SEE ATTACHMENTS FOR DETAILS AND ENROLMENTS (Buffer Zone Enrolment Form, and Buffer Zone Agenda)

3) Nominations for Australian Archaeological Association Awards


Nominations are called for the four Australian Archaeological Association Awards:




The Rhys Jones Medal is the highest award offered by the Australian Archaeological Association Inc. It was established in honour of Rhys Jones (1941-2001) to mark his enormous contribution to the development and promotion of archaeology in Australia. The Medal is presented annually to an individual who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to the field. Established in 2002, previous winners include Isabel McBryde (2003), John Mulvaney (2004), Sharon Sullivan (2005), Mike Smith (2006) and Jeremy Green (2007). Nominations should consist of a one page statement outlining the nominee's archaeological career and how this work has benefited Australian archaeology, as well as a full list of the nominee's publications. Note that nominees do not need to be members of the Association; be an Australian citizen; or work exclusively in Australia or on Australian material.





The Award was established in honour of John Mulvaney and his contribution and commitment to Australian archaeology over a lifetime of professional service. It was created to acknowledge the significant contribution of individual or co-authored publications to Australian archaeology, either as general knowledge or as specialist publications. Nominations are considered annually for books that cover both academic pursuits and public interest reflecting the philosophy of John Mulvaney's life work. Established in 2004, previous winners include Val Attenbrow for "Sydney's Aboriginal Past" (2004), Rodney Harrison for "Shared Landscapes: Archaeologies of Attachment and the Pastoral Industry in New South Wales" (2006), Mike Morwood & Penny Van Oosterzee for "The Discovery of the Hobbit: The Scientific Breakthrough that changed the Face of Human History" (2007), and Peter Hiscock for "The Archaeology of Ancient Australia" (2008). Nominations must be for books written by one or more authors, but not for edited books, published in the last three calendar years (i.e. 2007, 2008 or 2009). The nomination must be accompanied by at least two published book reviews. A short citation (no more than one page) on why the book should be considered must also be included.





This Award celebrates Bruce Veitch's important contribution to the practice and ethics of archaeology in Australia. In particular, the award honours Bruce's close collaboration with traditional owners on whose country he worked. It is awarded annually to any individual or group who has undertaken an archaeological or cultural heritage project which has produced a significant outcome for Indigenous interests. Established in 2005, previous winners include Richard Fullagar (2006), Bruno David (2007) and Annie Ross (2008). Nominees will have actively engaged with Indigenous communities to produce a successful outcome. The nature of nominations is flexible (e.g. video tape, audio tape, poster etc), considering the wide range of Indigenous collaborations and the remoteness of some communities.





This award was established to recognise significant and sustained contribution to the objects and purposes of the Australian Archaeological Association Inc. Previous winners include John Mulvaney, Jack Golson, Betty Meehan (2002), Val Attenbrow (2002), J. Peter White (2003), Luke Kirkwood (2004), Isabel McBryde (2005), Ian Johnson (2006), Colin Pardoe (2007) and Sean Ulm (2008). Nominations should consist of a one page statement outlining the nominee's contributions to the Australian Archaeological Association Inc. Note that nominees must be members of the Association.



Nominations for all Awards will be considered by the Executive of the Australian Archaeological Association Inc. with advice as appropriate from senior members of the discipline. The decision of the Executive is final and no correspondence will be entered into.


Nominations should be addressed to the President at:

Email: president@australianarchaeology.com, or

Fax: +61 (3) 9905 2948

and sent to arrive no later than 12 SEPTEMBER 2009


The current President of AAA is Dr Ian McNiven

School of Geography & Environmental Science

Building 11, Monash University

Clayton Victoria 3800

Telephone +61 (3) 9905 8465


Recipients of all awards will be announced at the

Australian Archaeological Association Inc. Annual Conference

at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia, Friday 11-14 December 2009.


Closing Date: 12 September 2009


4) Call for Conference Papers - Volcanoes, Landscapes and Cultures, Catania, Sicily


The first World Conference on Volcanoes, Landscapes and Cultures will be held in Catania, Sicily, 11 -14 November, under the auspices of UNESCO, the Council of Europe and relevant Italian Institutional and Academic authorities.


The conference objective is to provide answers to the increasing demand for comprehensive policies focusing on the protection and enhancement of the huge natural and cultural heritage represented by volcanic landscapes and territories together with the people living therein, all over the world. Conference organizers are looking for papers addressing preferably one of the topics of the four major themes:


  Nature and science

  Nature and culture

  Volcanoes and sustainable development

  Volcanoes and tourism


Please note - deadline for abstracts is 15 September and submitters will be notified by the end of September.


For more information about registration, modality of participation, call for papers and other matters, please visit:  www.etnacatania2009.com.


5) University of Canberra - Heritage Conservation Summer Schools


The University of Canberra is pleased to announce that Australia's leading heritage conservation professional development programme is now approaching its twentieth year.


The programme is based on two intensive summer schools:


         The Conservation of Traditional Buildings (12 days)

         Cultural Heritage Management (7 days).


The schools are held in January each year with the topics alternating. Next year will be Cultural Heritage Management (17-23 January 2010), and The Conservation of Traditional Buildings will be in January 2011.


For details go to: http://www.canberra.edu.au/faculties/arts-design/conservation-summer-schools


For all enquiries about these summer schools please contact:


David Young

Donald Horne Institute for Cultural Heritage

University of Canberra  ACT  2601


Email: David.Young@canberra.edu.au


6) Inherit e-news - Heritage Council of Victoria's publication available online


The Heritage Council of Victoria has issued its first email version of Inherit, replacing its printed publication.  The e-newsletter will be issued monthly, providing information and updates on heritage matters.



Subscription is free e-newsletter. Please send your details to:



You can view the first copy online at http://heritage.vic.gov.au/admin/file/content2/c7/AUG09.pdf


The Heritage Council welcomes story suggestions and ideas for future editions.


7) Significance 2.0 - Part 6 is now available online!


The Collections Council of Australia is pleased to announce that the complete version of 'Part 6 - Significance in action - applications' is now available ONLINE.


If you own a hard copy of Significance 2.0 - a guide to assessing the significance of collections, you will know that only a summary of this section was printed in the book. Now you can access Part 6 in its entirety.


Click HERE http://significance.collectionscouncil.com.au/online/848 to read the full case studies for the applications of interest to you.


By the way, the book is freely available online, or can still be purchased for $29.95 by clicking HERE or send an email to: info@collectionscouncil.com.au.


8) Heritage Officer - Woollahra Council, NSW


Part Time 21 hours per week, Position No: PSHT


Woollahra has a rich and diverse history and natural setting that is represented in Victorian, Federation and inter-war buildings, precincts, settings and streetscapes. Council is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced person to join its heritage team in caring for this environmental heritage which has a local, regional and, in many instances, a nationally recognised level of heritage significance.


Position primary roles include: to provide advice on heritage-related development applications and heritage matters in general and to promote heritage conservation. Assistance with the preparation of heritage conservation policy from time to time also forms part of the job.


Essential selection criteria

    A tertiary qualification in architecture or an associated discipline and demonstrated skills in design.

    Demonstrated practical experience and knowledge of heritage conservation best practice.

    A thorough working knowledge of NSW heritage legislation and NSW Heritage Branch guidelines.

    Demonstrated experience in assessing heritage significance and in heritage impact assessments.

    Demonstrated problem solving and negotiation skills.

    Excellent written and oral communication skills.

    Well developed skills in the use of PC software including Word and Excel.

    Demonstrated commitment to the provision of quality customer service.

    A Class C driver's licence.


Desirable selection criteria

    A tertiary qualification in heritage conservation or town planning

    Experience with appeals in the Land and Environment Court

    Mediation and facilitation skills and experience.


Salary and benefits

  Salary from $64,282.42 to $75,328.26 pa pro rata + Super

  Part time hours, 7 hours per day, 3 days a week

  Modern harbourside offices with beach and garden surrounds!


How to apply

     To be considered you must demonstrate how you meet each selection criteria

       outlined above.

   For further information, please refer to our 'How to Apply for a job' brochure via our website www.woollahra.nsw.gov.au

   Forward your application via e-mail to  jobs@woollahra.nsw.gov.au, or post to the address outlined below.

     For further information contact Chris Bluett, Manager - Strategic Planning on

       02 9391-7083 during business hours.


CLOSING DATE: Wednesday, 12 August 2009



Manager Human Resources

Woollahra Council Chambers

536 New South Head Rd

Double Bay  NSW  2028



9) Heritage Projects Coordinator - Rappoport Heritage Consultants


Rappoport Heritage Consultants seeks the assistance of an experienced heritage practitioner to work in busy Sydney metropolitan firm.


Applicants will need to have the following expertise:


  historical research capability

  proven track record of writing CMPs and SOHIs

  an ability to coordinate and manage all heritage reports, including liaison with clients, councils and sub-consultants

  strong English writing and word processing skills

  ability to work autonomously.


Appropriate tertiary qualifications are essential.


An attractive salary package commensurate with experience will be offered. 


Please apply by email to heritage@rappoport.com.au with your CV -


Attention - Sue Rosenberg

Business Development Manager

Rappoport Pty Ltd

45 Hardie Street

Mascot  NSW  2020


PH: (02) 9693 1788

Fax: (02) 9317 5711

Email: heritage@rappoport.com.au

Web: www.rappoport.com.au


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