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Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 275
eX treme heritage:
managing heritage in the face of climatic extremes, natural disasters and military conflicts
 in tropical, desert,polar and off-world landscape
2007 Australia ICOMOS National Conference,
Cairns, Far North Queensland  July 19-21 .

An information service provided by the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat
Friday 13th April 2007

1) Registrations are now open!
2)  World Heritage Day - SA
3)  World Heritage Day - WA
4)  World Heritage Day  NSW & ACT
5)  Streetwise Asia - Preliminary Projects for Fund Money
6)  14th National Engineering Heritage Conference: Revised Call for Papers
7)  Victorian Stucco Seminar
8)  Second Dry Stone Wall Workshop For 2007
9)  Australia ICOMOS New Membership Applications
10)  News from Heritage Tasmania
11)  Expressions of Interest: Report on Guns and Canons
12)  Situation Vacant: Senior Heritage Architect/Specialist
13)  Situation Vacant: Learning and Development Manager


1) Registrations are now open!

Australia ICOMOS Conference 19th-21st July 2007

eXtreme heritage: managing heritage in the face of climatic extremes, natural disasters and military conflicts in tropical, desert, polar and off-world landscapes.

Well the months are counting down and the organising committee is getting really excited!

Registrations are now open!

The conference is being held in peak tourist season which is great news for enjoying Cairns and all it has to offer however it would be wise to book your travel and accommodation as soon as possible to secure the best choices. We strongly recommend that you book your accommodation in the Trinity Beach area and the website has some specials open to conference delegates. If you choose instead to book in Cairns city don’t forget to factor in transport and you night want to hire a car for flexibility (there are many budget car rental companies in Cairns in addition to the major companies). Make sure you leave enough time to enjoy the wonderful options of rainforest, reef and savannah on offer and certainly allow time to take the opportunity for the tailored post conference tours which are offered at cost with free tour guiding from local experts.

Take the time to have a look at the conference website and check out the great pre and post conference tours! We have created options to suit every budget from $35 to $1700. But hurry places are strictly limited and they are offered on a ‘first come’ basis. For example, the exclusive Great Barrier Reef and Lizard Island tour is limited to 10 places. That is, only 10 lucky delegates will get to sail the GBR (during Minke Whale season), snorkel, dive and simply enjoy the sun, sea and reef. This trip includes 3 nights on the boat, an afternoon tour of Cooktown and a day tour of heritage sights on Lizard Island before flying back to Cairns by charter plane.

Session Convenors are busy reviewing all the abstracts and the full program will be posted to the web in the next few weeks and it is anticipated that additional free events will be added over that time as well.

I can confirm that our keynote speaker known to many ICOMITES- John Hurd has booked his tickets and is looking forward to seeing everyone in Cairns. We now have a second keynote Mr Greg Terrill from the Department of Environment and Water Resources. He will be speaking on World Heritage Sites and Climate Change.

We are currently busy finalising the list of speakers for our Symposium on Heritage and Climate Change and for the Public Forum to be held on the 19th July. While the Symposium has been costed as an optional extra to allow for flexibility for delegates we are hoping that most of you will be able to attend and participate in discussing this important issue.

Our colleagues in ICOMOS Pasifika have held their elections and we are currently liaising with them to organise their travel so that they can join us at the conference after holding their inaugural meeting here in Cairns. Australia ICOMOS has been a staunch supporter of our Pacific neighbours and it is wonderful to see their committee up and running.

As an added serendipity the 21st of July is the anniversary of the landing of Apollo 11 and so the Convenors of the Heritage of Off World Landscapes session are eager to take the opportunity to invite you to attend their session and reflect on the opportunities and challenges of managing the heritage of space exploration.

The Conference Organising Committee is looking forward to seeing you all here in Cairns! If you have any website related issues contact the conference managers WSM directly -their details are one the website. If you have any Cairns related questions or suggestions for the conference don’t hesitate to contact the convenor


2) World Heritage Day  SA

6pm  Tuesday 17 April, Royal Australian Institute of Architect office,  100 Flinders St, Adelaide

The theme this year for World Heritage Day is Cultural Landscapes, and SA ICOMOS has arranged for two architects to share their experiences of recent international Cultural Landscape projects. 

Nancy Pollock  Ellwand will present “Cultural Landscape Innovations  People Landscape and Identity”.  Her presentation will discuss the innovations in Cultural Landscape planning that are coming from countries with significant aboriginal presence, including Australia, New Zealand and Canada. This presentation will trace the evolution of thinking around this concept of cultural landscapes and what these innovations are, including community consultation, dealing with issues of value and meaning, and interpretation.

Nancy is the recently appointed head of the School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Adelaide. She has written extensively on Cultural Landscape and undertaken a number of significant projects, of which she will talk about her work in the Arctic.

Elizabeth Vines will present “Cultural Landscapes in Asia  the Duong Lam (Vietnam) and Kaiping (China)  - case studies on managing change in important fragile settings”. Liz will present two current projects for possible world heritage listing that she has been involved with. In both cases, Liz’s role has been to provide input and advice into the conservation initiatives in these two important rural villages which are set in special landscapes. Both are unique and fragile and will need careful management to ensure that potential world heritage listing and conservation for tourism does not destroy the very essence of the place that listing seeks to protect.

Liz is the SA ICOMOS rep on the Executive Committee, and is a partner at McDougall & Vines, Conservation and Heritage Consultants, and Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Cultural Heritage in Asia and Pacific, Deakin University. Liz has undertaken various heritage projects throughout Australia and in South East Asia.

World Heritage  day offers an opportunity to raise the public's awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it, as well as draw attention to its vulnerability.

RSVP Anthony Coupe 08 - 82313131by Friday 13th  to allow for catering.
A charge of $10 to cover drinks and generous nibbles to be paid at the event. 


3) World Heritage Day -WA
WA event

Wednesday 18 April 2007

This year’s theme is “Cultural Landscapes and Monuments of Nature”.

Hosted by Australia ICOMOS, PhD student Sam Bolton will share her research in a paper entitled:

“Just Passing Through: the archaeology of temporary and permanent settlements en route to the Goldfields”

6pm Wednesday 18 April 2007

SIMMONDS Lecture Theatre
General Purpose Building 3 (off Myer St)
University of Western Australia

Sam holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in archaeology and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Sydney.  She is currently completing her PhD in archaeology at UWA, studying late 19th and early 20th century settlement sites along the Perth to Kalgoorlie transport corridor. She has worked on numerous archaeological sites around Australia and the world, including Britain, Cambodia and Tanzania.

Sam’s paper looks at settlement sites where various components of infrastructure, such as the Hunt’s Wells (1864-66), a telegraph line (1891), a railway line (1894), and the water pipeline (1897-1903) were built.  Archaeological evidence from a regional analysis of a sample of the sites indicates they were temporary and that this was reflected in the material culture. The paper will ask: what do isolated places look like from an archaeological perspective, and were these places isolated at all?

refreshments and discussion to follow
entry fee:$5 members    $7.50 non members


4) Attention NSW and ACT members:
put this date in your diaries 15
th June

Juliet Ramsay will discuss current international issues and the workings of the Cultural Landscapes International Scientific Committee. A local perspective case study will demonstrate an approach applied to a Sydney historic landscape (speaker to be announced). Due to meetings of this ISC and CIVIHH in Helsinki, this celebration of World Heritage Day is postponed to FRIDAY 15 June.
Many thanks to young member, Amy Nhan, for organising a venue in Sydney (to be announced) and other arrangements.
Enquiries to Sue Jackson-Stepowski, NSW Representative and Secretary 


5) Streetwise Asia - Preliminary Projects for Fund Money

Thanks to all those who have been donating to the Streetwise Asia Fund.  The response has been very positive.  The Streetwise Asia Fund aims to assist small scale education and conservation projects in Asia.  Several projects have now been identified for funding in conjunction with Richard Engelhardt, the UNESCO Regional Adviser for Culture for Asia and the Pacific.  The following are currently under consideration:

1.      Community Library and Learning Resource Centre, Champasak, Lao PDR -  this French colonial heritage building requires conservation work and will house a community library and resource centre within the World Heritage Site of Vat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champasak Cultural Landscape. Funds have been already obtained for the restoration of the roof and walls of this building. However for the library to become operational conservation of the remarkable timber doors and windows is required.  .

2.      Schools complex in Lao PDR: UNESCO currently has a program where modest assistance has been provided for conservation of the decorative arts at important temple sites in Luang Prabang, Pakse, and Souvannakhomkham in Bokeo -. The Streetwise Asia project would concentrate on the conservation of the heritage buildings that house the training centres and schools.  These buildings require maintenance and conservation, and modest funds would make a substantial difference to them. 

I would really appreciate if ICOMOS members could consider a donation to the fund  however modest.  The partner body Australind now provides the tax effective framework.  My vision continues to be to put  the proceeds of my Streetwise Asia book to real conservation projects in Asia, to involve the local community in the process, particularly school children which both the above projects would do.  

For information on the fund and how to donate, please contact Elizabeth Vines at  .  All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible.

Liz can also provide more information on the above projects together with photographs. 

ELIZABETH VINES, Fund Coordinator
April  2007


6) 14th National Engineering Heritage Conference
Revised Call for Papers

Dear Colleague
14th National Engineering Heritage Conference
18 - 21 November 2007, Crawley, Western Australia.

Revised Call for Papers

On 19 February we issued the Call for Papers. Unfortunately, in that issue we missed out one important theme for the conference -Engineering Heritage of the Water Industry. So, we are taking the relatively unusual step of re-issuingan amended Call for Papers. To make sense of this and to allow people to prepare abstracts for the additional theme we are extending the originaldue date for receipt of abstracts from 30 March to 27 April 2007. This extension will apply to abstracts forthe otherthemes as well.This means however that the due date for notification of abstract acceptancewill be put back from the original date of 27 April to a new date of 18 May.

As before, abstracts are to be submitted by email to
Please check out the conference web-site .

Contact Debrett's Conference & Event Management for further information ontelephone: +61 8 9386 3282 oremail:

We look forward to welcoming you to Western Australia!

Kind Regards,
Debrett's Conference & Event Management
For the 14th National Engineering Heritage Conference
PO Box 441, NEDLANDS WA 6909
Phone: +61 8 9386 3282
Fax: +61 8 9386 3292


7) Victorian Stucco Seminar

You are cordially invited to register for the "Victorian Stucco Seminar"

at South Melbourne Town Hall
On Saturday 28th April 2007
from 9.00am to 5.00pm

Stucco (exterior cement plaster decoration) is a characteristic feature of many heritage places in Victoria. A substantial number of high Victorian and Boom-style buildings are finished in stucco - some of it apparently never painted. In 2006 South Melbourne Town Hall, its stucco facades and Mansard roof restoration (RBA Architects), won the RAIA John George Knight Award For Heritage Architecture. Research undertaken in conjunction with the conservation of South Melbourne Town Hall highlighted some gaps in existing knowledge about Victorian stucco, disappearing skills and practices in working with stucco, and the need for ongoing research and dissemination of information.

The purpose of the seminar is to draw together and disseminate the available body of knowledge of Victorian stucco, and to promote high standards in research and conservation.

This event and the program content is convened by Donald Ellsmore, APT and facilitated by ISS Institute _

Early Bird rate is $135 for those who register and pay prior to 16th April 2007.
APT members - the fee is $125.

More details:
APT Australia Chapter E
Convenor: Donald Ellsmore

ISS Institute


8) Second Dry Stone Wall Workshop For 2007

Due to continuing interest, we are running the Dry Stone wall workshop again on MAY 5 2007.

So for those of you who missed out on the March 31 (now full) or for those of you who were unavailable because of the school holidays clash this workshop may be for you.

IF INTERESTED PLEASE REGISTER EARLY AS THESE WORKSHOPS FILL QUICKLY AND WILL BE LAST ONE WE RUN UNTIL NEXT SEASON. Please forward to any associates that may also be interested in this opportunity.

Please contact us for further information.

ISS Institute
101/685 Burke Road
Camberwell 3124

Phone 61 3 9882 0055
Fax 61 3 9882 9866


9) Australia ICOMOS New Membership Applications

Australia ICOMOS welcomes new members and encourages applications to be made to the Secretariat. The membership forms and details are available on the web page  and from Nola Miles at the Secretariat, email . Existing members are often involved in encouraging new members to join and in providing nominations, so it is important that they are aware of the procedures.

As a professional organisation, Australia ICOMOS takes pride in its membership. We have an established process for members applications and a number of categories of membership to cater for people with different levels of experience and interests. For full international members, the application requirements are more onerous and include:

·        · At least three years professional experience with a core focus on heritage conservation;
·        · Demonstrated willingness and ability to practice within the terms of the Burra Charter and the Ethical Commitment Statement;
·        · A completed application form with signed nominations by two financial, Full International Members of ICOMOS;
·        · A brief (50-100 words) statement from one of your nominators supporting your application;
·        · A statement of relevant professional experience;
·        · A full Curriculum Vitae; and
·        · Payment of the correct fee.

The statement of relevant professional experience is an important component of the application as it allows applicants to demonstrate the required experience focussed on heritage conservation, especially the use of the Burra Charter and ability to practice within the Ethical Commitment Statement. It is different from the standard CV.

All applications are received at the Secretariat and referred to the Executive Committee for consideration. Completed applications must be received three weeks before the Executive Committee meeting date to allow consideration otherwise they are held over to the next meeting.

Please contact the Membership Secretary, Helen Lardner on if further information is required.


10) News from Heritage Tasmania

Juvenile convict prison listed in Tasmanian Heritage Register

Green Corps stone walling in Oatlands
Conservation Volunteers Australia will be helping to rebuild some impressive stone walls in Oatlands. Andrew Garner, an experienced stone waller, will train Green Corps volunteers before spending three days helping the team repair an old wall on the Tunnack Road

Heritage and the arts collide
The merging of new with old materials in heritage buildings is the theme behind one of Tasmania’s newest art prizes. Launching the prize recently, the Islington Hotel and The Salamanca Collection art gallery described the competition as drawing attention to the uniqueness that Hobart offers. The subject should be a Tasmanian historical building, older than 80 years which has been refurbished within the past 10 years. Works in oil, acrylics, watercolour and mixed media will be accepted. The prize will be a cash component of no less than $6,000 plus an offer to hang works in the summer and winter shows at The Salamanca Collection in 2008. It is open to Tasmanian artists. Entry forms and prize details will be available at and from 30 April 2007. The deadline for entries is 30 September 2007 and finalists will be announced 16 October 2007. Finalists will be on display and available for purchase at The Salamanca Collection from 25 November to 18 December 2007.
Port Arthur gets into Australian Spirit
Port Arthur is staging a number of events as part of the 2007 Tasmanian Heritage Festival. Port Arthur has been at the forefront of historical archaeology in Australia for 30 years. Throughout April a museum display will showcase some past archaeology project in the exhibition "30 years of archaeology". From 9-20 April visitors to the site can view stonemasonry skills from 10 am - 3pm on weekdays. Site entry fees apply for all events. Visit for details.

Heritage Conservation Funding Program
The Tasmanian Heritage Council is calling for applications from any individual, non-government organisation or company that owns a property permanently entered in the Tasmanian Heritage Register seeking assistance with urgent and essential works. “Urgent and essential works” are those works which are absolutely necessary and require immediate action to prevent the major and irreversible loss, or further degradation of, the heritage values of the place. Funding is available as a one-third contribution of the total project cost, with an upper limit of $25,000. Applications should be lodged on the form available from, or by contacting Heritage Tasmania. We recommend that applicants discuss their project with Heritage Tasmania before making an application. Applications must be lodged by close of business 20 April 2007. For further information contact Heritage Tasmania on 1300 850 332 (local call cost) or 6233 2037, or email

Small museums and collections funding opportunity
Funding opportunities are now available under the Assistance to Organisations and the Small Museums and Collections Program. Arts projects which employ professional artists and engage the community in arts activities are eligible to apply for arts organisation grants. The grants to small museums and collections are designed to assist curatorial and collection management practices of smaller public and community collections and museums. The closing date for applications is 30 April 2007 for projects in 2008. Information on the programs can be found at, or requested by calling Arts Tasmania on 1800 247 308.

For more info contact Ester Guerzoni (Communications Coordinator) on 6233 4152 or email .


11) Expressions of Interest:
Report on Guns and Canons

Guns and Cannon

The City of Warrnambool and its partners, the Moyne and Glenelg Shires in south-west Victoria are seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified conservators and historians for the preparation of a report on the guns and cannon associated with the 1880s Batteries at Warrnambool (Flagstaff Hill), Port Fairy and Portland and certain other historical armament.  The report will assess the significance, integrity and condition of the armament and their mountings, make detailed recommendations on their conservation and management, indicate preliminary costings and comment on other peripheral issues.  The report is likely to be used as the basis for future funding applications and long term planning.  Copies of the draft brief can be obtained from Heritage Matters Pty Ltd, which acts as heritage adviser to the three municipalities.  The brief will be incorporated into a standard Lump Sum Contract administered by the City of Warrnambool.  Please contact Dr Timothy Hubbard for further information on (03) 5568 2623 or  This stage of the project is expected to be completed by the end of July.


12) Situation Vacant
Senior Heritage Architect/Specialist

Senior Heritage Architect/Specialist required to join our award-winning multi-skilled Heritage Group.  The successful applicant will have a degree in building conservation and/or architecture and extensive experience in research, assessment, report writing, preparation of conservation management plans as well as management of heritage projects.  You will enjoy a wide variety of heritage projects including built, cultural and natural landscapes in a friendly and professional environment. 

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Please forward your CV to Kassandra Cant, Executive Assistant, Conybeare Morrison International,


13) Situation Vacant:
Learning and Development Manager

• Immediate start
• Part-time with opportunity for full-time
• Location in Camberwell

Do you have high level management and communication skills to deliver innovative education and training activities and events with the expertise and passion to make a difference?

Independent, national organisation seeks Learning & Development Manager with superior communication and time management skills and consultative, negotiation and problem solving capabilities. International Specialised Skills Institute Inc (ISS Institute), is an independant, national organisation committed to identifying skill deficiencies through comprehensive market research and meeting associated need through its Overseas Skill Acquisition Plan (Fellowship Program), education and training activities and consultancy services.

The Learning & Development Manager will:

• Report directly to the CEO.
• Have relevant qualifications plus significant experience in a similar position.
• Identify, develop content, mode of delivery, assist presenters to deliver education and training activities and events such as workshops, conferences, seminars, etc and events.
• Secure sponsorship related to the activities and events.
• Determine and undertake strategies to publicise and advertise activities and events in the electronic and print media.
• Effectively network with sponsors, government, industry, business, education/training institutions and professional associations.
• Have experience with Macintosh computers.

For more details relating to the job description and selection criteria,
please contact ISS Institute : T 9882 0055 E

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