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Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 277
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
Thursday 26th April 2007

1)  Conference Latest
2)  Have Your Say: the Draft Goat Island Master Plan
3)  ANCBS 1st Mayday Event
4)  Revealing the Hidden City: Heritage interpretation, tourism and development in Viengxai, Laos.
5)  Robin Letellier in Memoriam
6)  Streetwise Asia - Preliminary Projects for Fund Money
7)  Pratt Fellowships/George Alexander Foundation
8)  Situation Vacant:  Built Heritage Specialist
9)  Job Opportunity at US ICOMOS


1) Conference Latest
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. Registrations are now open! See the conference website at

The Conference Organising Committee and the session Convenors have been busy finalising the conference program. We are all excited by the range of abstracts received. We are continuing to add new events to the conference line up. So keep your eye on the website. Most recently we have accepted a proposal from Robyn Riddett and Dirk Spennemann for a workshop to be run on Friday 20th Towards an Integrated Approach to Cultural Heritage Disaster Management.

The heritage poster exhibition continues to grow. The Queensland Heritage Council has generously offered to provide the refreshments. In response to the amount of interest in the exhibition the university is making more space available and so we have decided to re-open a call for poster proposals. If you would like to submit a poster on a recent heritage project the submission page should be live within the next day or to.

People have already begun to book their post conference tours so don’t miss out. Spaces on all tours are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

In general news from the far north- the dry season has arrived and in the last week everyone can suddenly be seen to walk with a spring in their step. The humidity has suddenly dropped, the sky is a brilliant blue and the clouds are fluffy and white. It is shaping up well for the conference- just as ordered!


2) Have Your Say: the Draft Goat Island Master Plan

Goat Island, west of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, is significant for its complex layering of uses, which include gunpowder storage, water police station, bubonic plague research and the centre of maritime operations for Sydney Harbour.  The island’s landscape with its outstanding Georgian Colonial buildings overlayed with maritime infrastructure reveals important and sometimes tragic associations with eminent and ordinary people, providing a unique setting to tell their stories.  The Island’s role in the operational management of Port Jackson has contributed to the evolution of Sydney as one of the great working-harbour cities of the world.

The NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change released a Draft Master Plan for Goat Island on Tuesday 20th March and will be on public exhibition until 11th June 2007. Comments are invited up until that date.

The vision is for Goat Island to become an exciting place for visitors  a place where they can experience the story of Sydney Harbour within a site of exceptional heritage significance.  The Master Plan recognises the complex character of the Island and the range of community aspirations by presenting two options for achieving this vision.

The options span the spectrum of what is permissible and acceptable in a national park setting.  Neither is exclusive and the final Plan may well combine aspects of both.

The draft Goat Island Master Plan and a ‘Have Your Say’ feedback form can be viewed at the following locations:
Greycliffe House, Nielsen Park, Vaucluse  (Mon-Fri only)
Cadmans Cottage, 110 George St, Sydney.

Comments can be forwarded to:
The Project Manager
Goat Island Draft Master Plan
POBox 461


3) ANCBS 1st Mayday Event

The Australian National Committee of the Blue Shield is pleased to announce the first Australian MayDay event. During May be sure to check your readiness for emergencies that could affect Australia’s cultural heritage.
Be sure to download the flier for MayDay from the link below.
To read more about the MayDay event, go to

The Collections Council provides the Secretariat for the ANCBS.

Evalee Smith
Office Manager
Collections Council of Australia Ltd
PO Box 263
Rundle Mall SA 5000
Tel: + 61 (8) 8207 7287
Fax: + 61 (8) 8207 7207


4) Revealing the Hidden City: Heritage interpretation, tourism and development in Viengxai, Laos.


Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific

Thursday 3 rd May
from 4:30pm
Dr Colin Long, Deputy Director, Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific
Jonathan Sweet, Lecturer, Deakin University Cultural Heritage & Museum Studies

In this seminar we discuss the work conducted by CHCAP staff and students in the town of Viengxai in northeast Laos, the former stronghold of the Lao communist movement during the liberation struggle of the 1960s and 1970s. In 2006 CHCAP conducted training and drafted a heritage interpretation plan for the organisation responsible for the Viengxai caves. We discuss a number of issues, including the role of heritage tourism in a poverty alleviation development strategy; the challenges and benefits of cross-cultural education and training; the interpretation difficulties associated with sites of trauma and political sensitivity, and the future opportunities for CHCAP students in contributing to the project in Laos.

There is no entry charge and everyone is welcome

Venue: The Blue Room, Building B Room 2.20, Deakin University
(for a map of the campus see

5) Robin Letellier in Memoriam

From Dinu Bumbaru, Secretary General:

Dear Colleagues,

The former Director of the ICOMOS International Secretariat and President of ICOMOS Canada, François Leblanc, informed us of the sad news of the sudden death of our friend and colleague Robin Letellier, a person highly regarded for his professional skill and his great humanity. Well known for his work in the field of documentation of heritage, carried first at Parks Canada then as an independant expert, Robin had further explored the subject in his involvement at CIPA where he was Secretary then Vice-President, and the RecordIM project which he coordinated with the Getty. He was completing a book on heritage documentation which will soon be published by the Getty.Robin was also involved since 2003 and the Victoria Falls meeting, in the work that brought the Scientific Council.

Robin left us last Friday, 20th April, while he was in Philadelphia to give a graduate course at the University of Pennsylvania and suffered suddenly a massive stroke. We will remember him and his teaching.


6) 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

7) Pratt Fellowships/George Alexander Foundation

Submissions for the Pratt Fellowship close on May 28 and the George  Alexander on July 16.

Call for applications from across Australia in urban, regional and rural areas

Have ideas, but not sure if they are suitable for a fellowship or any other questions?

Call us to talk over your ideas on 03 9882 0055- we are here to help where we can.

for trades people and artisans to 35 years of age

for technical, trades and artisans especially in heritage and  sustainability but other ideas in other professions and trades welcome

Please contact:

Jeanette McWhinney
Program Manager
Fellowships, Events and Training and Education
ISS Institute

101/685 Burke Road
Camberwell 3124

Phone 61 3 9882 0055
Fax 61 3 9882 9866


8) Situation Vacant:
Built Heritage Specialist

Opus International Consultants Limited is New Zealand’s largest and most dynamic multidisciplinary consultancy with offices in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. We have an excellent opportunity for you to join our enthusiastic heritage team based within the Environmental Management Group in Hamilton.

Hamilton offers a vibrant and diverse café and restaurant scene, and is within easy travelling distance of some of New Zealand’s best beaches, lakes and mountains. The Opus office is within 15 minutes drive of most residential living areas in Hamilton.

The Heritage Consultant will work in a team, to deliver quality services to a wide range of clients including local government agencies, who have responsibility over heritage assets.  These can encompass a range of heritage places including archaeological sites, buildings, cemeteries, bridges and other structures that have heritage status.

We are looking for someone with appropriate qualifications and experience in heritage conservation.  The job will involve assisting clients with the identification, preservation, enhancement and management of heritage assets, including heritage inventories and conservation plans. In particular, we are looking for a specialist in built heritage, with knowledge of colonial architecture, and eligible for membership of ICOMOS (NZ).  Remuneration will be based on qualifications and experience.

All applications will be treated confidentially and should include details of experience and qualifications, as well as personal interests and achievements. Applications close on 11th May 2007. 

Please send your application or requests for position descriptions to:

Elvira Nazareth
Opus International Consultants Ltd
PO Box 12003

Fax     04-499 3699

Visit our website at


9) Job Opportunity at US ICOMOS

US/ICOMOS, a DC-based non-profit membership organization dedicated to international heritage preservation, seeks energetic, articulateFT Development Officer with 3-5 year fundraising experience in building solid donor base& proven success in soliciting and closing gifts. Position reports directly to the Executive Director. Self-sufficiency & motivation + creative thinking are key, as is willingness to travel & work with staff & a volunteer national Board. Communications & computer skills a must. Benefits competitive, salary commensurate to experience. Send CV to 202-842-1861 (FAX) or GARAOZ@USICOMOS.ORG

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