Dear Members & Heritage Colleagues,
It is my great honour to have been re-elected to the role of President of Australia ICOMOS (AI) at Sunday’s incoming Executive Committee (EC) meeting. I am hugely grateful that the Committee has placed their confidence in me again to facilitate our organisation’s future achievements. This past year, we added two more Practice Notes to the existing suite – one on Cultural Routes and the other on Intangible Cultural Heritage & Place (see item 4 below), and for the first time in our history, we are as close as we have ever been to hosting an ICOMOS General Assembly – more on that in future newsletters!
I am delighted to announce the re-election of Mary Knaggs (NSW) as our new Vice-President, and that Michael Queale (SA) and Matthew Whincop (QLD) will serve as our new Secretary and Treasurer respectively. Bruce Dawbin (NSW), Edwina Jans (ACT), Wayne Johnson (NSW), Elizabeth Little (SA), Richard Mackay (NSW) and Lisa Sturis (WA) continue in their EC roles. We welcome new members Helen Lardner (VIC), Julian Siu (NSW), Flavia Kiperman (WA) and Adam Mornement (VIC). A special thanks to immediate past Secretary Anne McConnell (TAS) for her huge commitment to the role and to the EC in general. We are lucky that she hasn’t flown the coop yet! As ever, the AI Executive Committee is blessed with a wealth of skill and experience, and members can expect great things in the coming year.
We thank outgoing EC members Robyn Clinch (VIC), Suzanne Bravery (NSW), Ian Wight (VIC) and Tanya Park (TAS) for their time on the EC and their very valuable respective contributions. A special thank you also due to immediate past Treasurer Ian Wight for his dedication to and engagement with the role he took on for three years!
To read about the activities of our organisation over the past year, download the 2016/2017 Annual Report.
I look forward to meeting you all again, or for the first time, before too long. Please do say ‘hi’ whenever the chance arises.
With very best wishes,
Ian Travers (VIC)
President, Australia ICOMOS
The NSW Government Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) is seeking your views on a proposed new system for managing and conserving Aboriginal cultural heritage. It will be supported by a new legal framework that respects and conserves Aboriginal cultural heritage in New South Wales.
The proposed new system responds to public feedback on a draft reform model released in September 2013. That feedback showed there was general support for the principles of the proposed model, but wide-ranging and often contrasting views on detailed design elements.
These diverse views and perspectives have been carefully considered, and are now proposing a new system. The proposed new system offers a transformative, contemporary and respectful vision for the management of Aboriginal cultural heritage in New South Wales. The system will be established by new legislation that will be released shortly.
The public consultation is open until early March 2018.
The Australian Institute of Architects (WA Chapter) is hosting the 2017 annual meeting of ICAM (International Confederation of Architectural Museums) Australasia in Perth from 9-10 November 2017. ICAM comprises representatives from universities, libraries, museums, archives and professional bodies that hold significant built environment records and an informal Australasian network of this organisation has been active for a number of years. To date, members of this network have met in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne to visit facilities and discuss issues relevant to architectural archives and will visit Perth for the first time this year. See the 2017 ICAM Meeting_DRAFT PROGRAM for this two-day event.
This program has been developed by members of the Institute’s Heritage Panel and includes visits to the State Library of Western Australia, as well as heritage collections in the cities of Perth and Fremantle and the newly established Museum of Perth. The program will culminate in a facilitated panel discussion on ‘Why Archives Matter’ to be held at the Australian Institute of Architects, 33 Broadway Nedlands, at 3:30pm on Friday 10 November.
Individuals who would like to attend are encouraged to register their interest via email with the Institute by Thursday 2 November at the latest. The two-day program is free, but places are limited so please register as soon as possible.
There is a $10.00 charge for the ‘Why Archives Matter’ panel discussion on Friday 10 November to cover food and refreshment costs. Directions for payment and registration for the panel session only are on the WHY ARCHIVES MATTER flyer.
4. [NEW ITEM] New Burra Charter Practice Note, Intangible Cultural Heritage and Place, launched and ready for feedback
The Australia ICOMOS National Scientific Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage (NSC ICH) launched its Practice Note, Intangible Cultural Heritage and Place at the recent ‘Intangible & Invisible’ workshop in Canberra. The Practice Note was approved by the Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee at its 5 August 2017 meeting.
The NSC ICH invites Australia ICOMOS members to integrate the Practice Note into their practice and to provide feedback over the next 12 months. We will be looking for case studies and examples of what works and what doesn’t from your perspective. Join the NSC ICH or follow our News via this link.
Canberra Modern: Canberra’s Modernist Soul on Show
7-16 November, University House, Australian National University (ANU)
Canberra Modern is a series of interconnected events celebrating the mid-century modernist heart of our National Capital, presented throughout November as part of DESIGN Canberra, celebrating and promoting Canberra as a global city of design.
Join us for walks, talks, markets, exhibitions, a martini masterclass and a themed dinner, which showcase the unique mid-century backdrop of University House and the important role ANU plays in the cultural landscape of Canberra and in celebrating Canberra as a unique modernist city.
This program is an exciting new initiative that aims to promote the conservation, protection and appreciation of the places that make an irreplaceable contribution to Canberra’s historic urban and designed cultural landscape.
Ballarat’s new heritage plan released for public comment: Our People, Culture & Place. A plan to sustain Ballarat’s heritage 2017-2030 (final draft)
The City of Ballarat’s new heritage plan commits to a suite of localised actions for implementing UNESCO’s Historic Urban Landscape approach on-the-ground. It brings together findings from participatory workshops, background studies, and input from expert and community consultation conducted since 2013 and incorporates feedback from local residents and stakeholders on a preliminary heritage plan.
The City of Ballarat welcomes feedback from Australia ICOMOS members, closing 20 November 2017.
You can download the plan, a short summary of the heritage plan and a series of background papers from this link.
The ongoing conflicts in Syria and Iraq have unleashed a cataclysmic wave of human suffering as well as an unprecedented period of heritage destruction. This one-day symposium brings together world-leading experts to discuss the ongoing threat to heritage in conflict.
• Professor Peter Stone, OBE (UNESCO, Newcastle University UK)
• Professor Claire Smith (Flinders University)
• Tara Gutman (Australian Red Cross)
• A/Professor Benjamin Isakhan (Deakin University)
FRIDAY 2 FEBRUARY, 9AM-5PM
Deakin University Downtown, Level 12, Tower 2, 727 Collins St, Melbourne
Last year between April and May thousands of event organisers and volunteers across Australia managed almost 1,200 events to celebrate our fantastic heritage, history and culture.
In 2018 we hope the festival will be even more inclusive and community inspired.
Visit this link for more information and to register your event.
9. [NEW ITEM] Community heritage grants recipients – Department of Communications and the Arts media release
Australia ICOMOS is committed to the dissemination of relevant cultural heritage information. In line with this commitment we are circulating the following media release from the Department of Communications and the Arts, dated 24 October 2017.
More than $350,000 will be provided to 56 community organisations with projects ranging from indigenous artists and sustainable farmers to aviation history enthusiasts and embroiderers.
Community organisations such as museums, public libraries, archives, historical societies and indigenous and multicultural groups can apply for grants of up to $15,000 per project.
The program offers grants for community organisations to assist in the preservation and protection of publically-accessible collections of national significance. Projects supported include assessment of collections, collection management, conservation activities and training workshops.
Since the program began in 1994, it has provided more than $6.5 million to community organisations across Australia.
Find out more: visit the National Library of Australia website.
10. [NEW ITEM] New book: European Landscape Convention – Contribution to human rights, democracy and sustainable development
Within the meaning of the European Landscape Convention the close links between the notion of landscape and human rights, democracy and sustainable development deserve to be highlighted.
Recommendation CM/Rec(2017)7 of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to member states on the contribution of the European Landscape Convention to the exercise of human rights and democracy with a view to sustainable development, emphasises the need to “consider the importance that quality and diversity of landscapes has for the minds and bodies of human beings, as well as for societies”.
For more information and to purchase, click here.
EXPONATEC COLOGNE – one of Europe’s communications platforms of the museum, conservation and restoration segments will present valuable information, solutions proven in practice, surprising visions and international exchange of experiences in 2017.
For more information, visit the EXPONATEC Cologne website.
12. [NEW ITEM] Historic Houses Association of Australia Inaugural Conference, 5-6 April 2018, Sydney
Australia ICOMOS is committed to the dissemination of a wide-ranging set of cultural heritage related views and opinions. For the information of Australia ICOMOS members and other readers, the following advertisement from the Historic Houses Association of Australia has therefore been in included in this newsletter without any modification to the text provided by the advertiser. Please note, however, that some of the views conveyed are not shared by Australia ICOMOS.
Historic Houses Association of Australia Inaugural Conference
5 & 6 April 2018 – Sydney
For the first time in Australia a conference that will address issues faced by private owners and independent managers of historic properties around the country. The conference is designed around lectures, panels and case studies. Delegates will hear from owners throughout Australia, selected experts and heritage specialists.
Why a conference?
To an owner of an historic house it sometimes feels like ‘all obligation but no incentives’. Almost everyone who owns an historic house can tell a ‘war story’ of bureaucratic frustration, conditions that impose additional costs, delays, lack of information and demanding officialdom.
Over the past 30 years there has been enormous growth and complexity in the so called ‘heritage industry’. Owners can be bewildered and intimidated by this array of expertise and process. Yet it is the owners who are often on the receiving end of decisions that arise from these processes. The conference will hear from owners and others throughout Australia who will tell their own stories of successes, frustrations and failures. It will also hear from state and local governments and experts in the field about what support currently exists. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion.
About the Historic Houses Association of Australia
The Historic Houses Association of Australia was re-formed in 2014 to become a support agency for the owners of historic houses. This conference will have the needs of owners at its core. It expects the key issues that will emerge will be the need for technical and legal advice, tax concessions for owners, advice on commercial activities including tourism opportunities, collegiate support, and dissemination of information to create a new dynamic in the heritage sector.
Early bird bookings close 30 November 2017.
POST CONFERENCE OPTIONAL DAY TOUR – 7 APRIL 2018
The conference is to be followed by an Optional Day Tour visiting four historic houses in the Sydney region rarely open to the public. The Tour can be booked on its own or in conjunction with the conference. For those attending the conference the Tour will further demonstrate some of the issues raised. REGISTRATION AS ABOVE.
To read the latest news from the Sydney Living Museums, click here.
To read the latest news from Heritage Tasmania, click on the link below.
To read the latest Cambridge Heritage Research bulletin, click on the following link.
The Protected Areas Learning and Research Collaboration (PALRC) is a tertiary and vocational education and research initiative dedicated to natural and cultural heritage protection, stewardship and conservation management and capacity development for Australia, Asia, and the Pacific.
PALRC offers scholarship opportunities for all its courses. Depending on the level of funds available, there will be up to two rounds of PALRC scholarships offered each year.
Applications for Round Two (the final round) close Wednesday 1 November 2017.
For more information about the current scholarship round, visit the Protected Areas Learning and Research Collaboration website.
The National Trust of Australia (QLD) is calling for Expressions of Interest for membership to their expert advisory committee, the Advocacy Committee.
EOIs are due by 4pm, 3 November 2017 and must include a resume detailing qualifications and experience, and a one-page statement detailing the applicant’s proven commitment to heritage protection, promotion and/or advocacy. Applicants must live, work or study in Queensland.
For more information, see the EOI invitation – National Trust (QLD) Advocacy Committee.
Since mid-2005, the South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) and South Australian Heritage Council (SAHC) have funded a South Australian Built Heritage Research Fellowship at the Architecture Museum, School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia.
In 2009-10, DEWNR and the SAHC funded the first Sustainability and Adaptive Re-use Fellowship exploring the sustainability benefits of the adaptive re-use of heritage listed buildings.
The Fellowship expanded the aims of the SA Built Heritage Research Fellowship to include research that promotes benefits of conservation and adaption of heritage listed buildings in terms of physical, social and economic sustainability.
The second Sustainability and Adaptive Reuse Fellowship is now open for applications. Its focus is: ‘Carbon Credit Schemes and State Heritage Places’.
If you are interested in applying for the second Sustainability and Adaptive Reuse Fellowship, please refer to the DEWNR Sustainability and Adaptive Re-use Fellowship 2017-18 Information and Guidelines and Application form.
Applications close on Friday 3 November 2017 and should be emailed to the Architecture Museum, University of South Australia.
The Living Heritage Grants Program is an initiative of the Victorian State Government to support the repair and conservation of ‘at risk’ heritage places and objects included in the Victorian Heritage Register under the provisions of the Heritage Act 1995. The third round of the Contested Stream of the Living Heritage Program opens on 1 February 2018 and to assist applicants, Heritage Victoria is organising a series of information sessions across the state.
Eligible grant applicants include owners and managers of places or objects listed on the Victorian Heritage Register. This may include community and not-for-profit organisations, local councils and Committees of Management. Places of worship and heritage places under private ownership may also be eligible and require matched funding. All projects must meet public accessibility criteria and demonstrate a significant community benefit.
Not sure if you’re eligible? Visit the Heritage Victoria website, send us an email, or come along to the information session to ask us your questions in person.
Please RSVP to the Living Heritage team by email stating the session/date you’re attending, your name and organisation (if relevant).
Warrnambool: 14 November 2017, 10:30 am-12:00 pm
Reception Room, Warrnambool Civic Centre, 25 Liebig St, Warrnambool
RSVP by: 9 November 2017
Wangaratta: 20 November 2017, 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Council Chambers, Wangaratta Government Centre, 62-68 Ovens St, Wangaratta
RSVP by: 16 November 2017
Ballarat: 22 November 2017, 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Ballarat Town Hall, 225 Sturt St, Ballarat Central
RSVP by: 17 November 2017
Swift Creek: date and time to be announced
Please note – these sessions are additional to the Heritage Act and Living Heritage Grants Information Sessions held in Melbourne, Bendigo and Geelong in October.
The international conference: “Florence Heri-Tech – The Future of Heritage Science and Technologies” is organised by the Florence Art and Restoration Fair and the Department of Industrial Engineering of University of Florence.
The conference will be held in Florence (Italy), on 16-18 May 2018.
The Call for Papers is now open; deadline for abstract submission: 30 October 2017.
This tour is led by Australian historians Dr Kate Bagnall and Dr Sophie Couchman. It begins in Hong Kong and visits qiaoxiang (overseas Chinese hometown) districts in the Pearl River Delta. It is an introduction to qiaoxiang history, culture and everyday life, with a focus on Australia.
For more information and booking details, visit this link.
RBA Architects and Conservation Consultants Pty Ltd, based in St Kilda, Melbourne, are seeking an experienced conservation architect to join our team.
The position is senior and involves: research, analysis, design, documentation and contract administration of building works to places of heritage significance (both conservation and adaptive reuse works) and providing advice to significant historic building owners and authorities, and the like. Projects are both local and international and across all types including: commercial, ecclesiastical, education sector, civic, community, industrial and residential. The office culture is collegiate, cutting edge and research driven.
- minimum masters degree in architecture
- minimum 3 years’ experience working as a conservation architect
- a working knowledge of Australian architectural history
- expertise in remedial conservation interventions to significant heritage building fabric
- proficiency in contemporary and interpretive design and detail resolution
- proficiency in AutoCad, Sketchup, Adobe and Revit preferred + pencil and butter paper
- proficiency in sustainable design
- good sense of humour
Interested applicants please forward your CV to Roger Beeston by email in the first instance.
If you wish to discuss the position please call Roger Beeston (Director) on 0417 140 159.
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Workflows for Heritage Conservation in Seismic Areas
Application Deadline: 30 October 2017
The NSERC CREATE Heritage Engineering program and the SSHRC New Paradigms/New Tools Program are offering a one-year, renewable, post-doctoral fellowship in digital workflows for heritage conservation in seismic areas.
The programs, offered only at Carleton University, provide participants with research, training and international internship opportunities. The Post-Doctoral fellowship also includes an internship component and travel to Myanmar for field work.
Applicants are asked to submit a proposal for research and dissemination of digital workflows for heritage conservation in seismic areas using digitization tools for aerial or terrestrial environments and structural behaviour performance simulation.
For more information, click here.
This position belongs to the Development Assessment & Archaeology Team within the Heritage Branch in the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP), and the person filling it will assist in fulfilling its functions in relation to development assessment. The position is office-based, requiring some site visits, fieldwork and travel around Queensland. Officers in the Heritage Branch work to identify and conserve Queensland’s historic heritage for current and future generations. The Development Assessment & Archaeology Team in the Heritage Branch is a multi-disciplinary group contributing to the delivery of cultural heritage development advice and statutory cultural heritage assessment across Queensland.
For more information about this opportunity, click on this link.
Applications close 2 November 2017.
25. SITUATION VACANT Principal Heritage Officer, QLD Department of Environment and Heritage Protection
We are seeking a professional who is experienced in assessing cultural heritage significance and overseeing complex processes associated with a statutory heritage register. As Principal Heritage Officer, you will play a key part in a multidisciplinary group that undertakes the statutory process by which places are assessed for entry in, or removal from, the Queensland heritage register. You will also make high-level contributions to strategic projects related to the Queensland heritage register, including developing policy to guide its future direction and maintaining the accuracy and currency of information associated with places on the register.
For more information about this opportunity, click on this link.
Applications close 1 November 2017.
This role provides support to the Senior Manager Marketing and Community Services. As a result, a key part of this role is to assist in the provision of leadership, oversight and strategic management of the community development portfolio. A particular focus will be being accountable for community engagement and public liaison through promotional and public events, programmes and activities.
- Assist with leadership, oversight and strategic management of the community engagement portfolio
- Responsible for community engagement and public liaison through promotional and public events, programs and activities
- Responsible for the management and recruitment of National Trust volunteers and activation of volunteer programs
- Responsible for the management, recruitment and administration of National Trust membership and activation of membership programs
- Responsible for the management of communications and public relations programs, including development and implementation of related policies
- Identifies and promotes opportunities for staff training and development
- Responsible for the budgetary and financial requirements and processes in all areas of responsibility
- Other duties as directed by the Chief Executive Officer
- Demonstrated competency in developing successful community engagement programs
- Demonstrated experience in leading marketing, communications and business development programs
- Demonstrated understanding of the role heritage plays in the cultural ecology
- Tertiary qualifications in Community Development, Marketing, Communications, Public Relations or other related disciplines
- Sound, demonstrated information technology skills including the use of MS Office Suite of software including Word, Excel and Outlook and power point presentations
- Excellent written and oral communication skills and interpersonal skills
- Possession of ‘C’ Class Drivers Licence
- National Police Clearance
- Experience in working with volunteers and a membership based organisation
Applications to be marked confidential and addressed to:
National Trust of Western Australia
PO Box 1162, WEST PERTH, WA 6872
Electronic applications accepted via email to this address.
Closing date: 5.00pm WST 1 November 2017
Heritage – Graduate Heritage Architect / Consultant
- Entry level position with strong career development opportunities
- Flexible and dynamic environment
- Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team of industry experts & leaders
The continued growth of Urbis in Sydney means we are looking for a motivated and energised professional Graduate Heritage Architect / Consultant to join our Heritage team. We are looking for a lateral thinker and outstanding communicator who is seeking an opportunity to be involved in city-shaping projects for a diverse range of private and public sector clients.
For more information about this opportunity, refer to the URBIS – Graduate Heritage Architect-Consultant role position description.
Applications close 2 November 2017.
ARTC INLAND RAIL
Expressions of Interest for Expert Archaeological Services (Queensland)
Inland Rail is a once-in-a-generation project connecting regional Australia to domestic and international markets, transforming the way we move freight around the country.
Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitably qualified archaeologists (individuals or companies) to act as advisors on a panel of experts supporting the Inland Rail projects within Queensland.
Evaluation criteria will include having the necessary insurances, qualifications, experience and demonstrated ability to carry out the works. The potential roles will include:
- dispute resolution and independent expert determination
- technical advisor assisting with Inland Rail’s Cultural Heritage Management Plans
- Aboriginal party technical advisor
HOW TO SUBMIT
From Tuesday 24 October, individuals or companies that satisfy the evaluation criteria are requested to access the EOI documentation and submit an EOI via the TenderLink website.
If you have an enquiry about the EOI prior to 24 October please contact us at this email address. After this date, enquiries to please be directed via TenderLink.
CLOSING DATE: 10.00 am, Tuesday 21 November.
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