Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 290
See you there next Thursday! 
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 13
th July 2007

1)  eXtreme heritage : Thursday!
2)  An Evening of Cultural Landscapes
3)  Streetwise Asia  Thanks for the Pre June 30 Donations
4)  Government media releases :
        CERRA name change,

        Former High Court building heritage listed
5)  World Monuments Fund
6)  Office accommodation available for rent
7)  Call for Abstracts: Interpretation: From Monument to Living Heritage
8)  Australian Framework and Action Plan for Digital Heritage Collections
9)  Australia ICOMOS W.A. Membership: First Winterschool
10)  Port Arthur ‘anniversary’ symposium:  56 October 2007
11)  News from Heritage South Australia
12)  Vacancy - Heritage Consultant/Archaeologist - Christchurch, New Zealand

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1) eXtreme heritage

2007 Australia ICOMOS National Conference, Cairns, Far North Queensland July 19-21:
eXtreme heritage
: managing heritage in the face of climatic extremes, natural disasters and military conflicts in tropical, desert, polar and off-world landscapes.


2) An Evening of Cultural Landscapes

to be held at Old Canberra House, Acton
Wednesday 22 August 2007, commencing at 5.30pm with drinks

This is the International Year of Cultural Landscapes and Ken Taylor and Juliet Ramsay (members of the ICOMOS-IFLA International Scientific Committee for Cultural Landscapes) invite you to an evening of talks to raise awareness and stimulate discussion on this complex topic.

The talks will commence at 6pm.

Juliet Ramsay: Cultural Landscapes in 2007: a continuing challenge
Professor Ken Taylor: Cultural Landscapes in Asia and the Pacific
Marilyn Truscott: Intangible Heritage Value: new international initiatives
Dr Jane Lennon AM: Cultural Landscape Management
Kirsty Altenburg: Heritage Management of Chengde Cultural Landscape, China
Pip Giovanelli: Cultural Landscapes in Local Government Areas

The evening is open to anyone interested in the topic.
Please RSVP to Juliet: phone 02 62363214 or email
There will be a charge of $5 per head ($3 for students)


3) Streetwise Asia  Thanks for the Pre June 30 Donations

Thanks to all those who have donated to the Streetwise Asia Fund  you know who you are, and I am very grateful for the support!!!  The response has been very positive and we have now raised over $20,000.00 .  This will allow some actual project work to be undertaken, which has been identified in Laos in conjunction  with a UNESCO field officer, Rik Ponne.  Conservation work on a community library and works at a schools complex are proposed using these funds.  Anthony Coupe, an ICOMOS EC member is going to Laos in September, to assist with scoping the project and preparing schedules of works with the locals, and I am very grateful to Anthony who is funding his own trip. 

For any of you who are still interested in contributing  however modest  I would be happy to hear from you.   The partner body Australind now provides the tax effective framework for donations.  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.

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

ELIZABETH VINES, Fund Coordinator
July  2007


4) Government media releases

TITLE: World Heritage Committee approves CERRA name change
PORTFOLIO: Environment and Water Resources
SNIPPET: JOINT MEDIA RELEASE The Hon John Cobb MP Assistant Minister for the Environment and Water Resources The Hon Lindy Nelson-Carr MP Queensland Minister for the Environment 28 June 2007 The Hon Phil Koperberg MP New South Wales Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Water WORLD HERITAGE COMMITTEE APPROVES CERRA NAME CHANGE The 31st session of the World Heritage Committee meeting in Christchurch New Zealand, has approved the new name Gondwana Rainforests of Australia for the former Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves of Australia (CERRA) World Heritage site.

TITLE: Australia's former High Court building heritage listed
PORTFOLIO: Environment and Water Resources
SNIPPET: The Hon Philip Ruddock MP Attorney-General T106/07 The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP Minister for the Environment and Water Resources 11 July 2007 AUSTRALIA'S FORMER HIGH COURT BUILDING HERITAGE LISTED Australia's High Court building from 1928 to 1980 was today awarded Australia's highest heritage honour, inclusion in the National Heritage List, which was announced today by the Attorney-General, Phillip Ruddock and the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Malcolm Turnbull.


5) World Monuments Fund

The World Monuments Fund has recently circulated is July 2007 newsletter via email.
Highlights include:
·          A New Era for WMF
·        The World Monuments Fund 2006 Annual Report is now online!
To request that an Annual Report be mailed to you, please call (646) 424-9594 or send your request, including your postal address, to
·        Announcing the 2008 World Monuments Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites

If you wish to check our membership see:

World Monuments Fund | 95 Madison Avenue | New York | NY | 10016


6) Office accommodation available for rent

A suite of offices is available for lease in the historic National Trust of Australia (NSW) property, Juniper Hall, Paddington, Sydney. Ideal for a small heritage / architectural practice or consortium. Limited parking available.

Inquiries should be directed to Michael Minogue, Laing & Simmons Real Estate, Paddington
(02) 9362-3131,
0414 408 792


7) Call for Abstracts
ICOMOS Thailand International Symposium 2007
Interpretation: From Monument to Living Heritage

November 1-3, 2007
at Chulalongkorn University
Bangkok  Thailand

The ICOMOS Thailand and the Faculty of Architecture Chulalongkorn University, in collaboration with the Fine Art Committee, the Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage (ASA) have organized the International Scientific Symposium as part of ICOMOS Thailand 2nd General Assembly, which responds to the expanding concept of cultural heritage interpretation as well as to the increasing interpretation movements that employ complex technology, marketing and economic strategy, and cultural heritage management.
The rising notion triggers the questions of "What are the appropriate principles, goals, techniques and public participation in cultural heritage contexts which include buildings, districts, communities, cities, and cultural landscapes?" as well as of "How to interpret both tangible and intangible values of cultural heritage sites as key factors of effective preservation and management process?" Hence the symposium theme is "Interpretation: from Monument to Living Heritage".

We, therefore, welcome submission of abstract(s) from the ICOMOS Thailand members and those who are interested in making presentations at this international scientific symposium under these 3 sub-themes:
1. Concept and practice in heritage interpretation
         This sub-theme is aimed to provide academics and practitioners in conservation the opportunities to exchange their views and ideas about concepts and functions of cultural heritage interpretation from different perspectives and about effective presentations that can help improve the public's understanding of cultural heritage sites in various dimensions in the way that is relevant to current circumstances and today's social attitude toward cultural heritage
2. Techniques and tools of interpretation
       This sub-theme is expected that the advancement of techniques and tools for effective interpretation of cultural heritage will be discussed based on various experiences and environs of participating academics and experts in order to benefit the future of cultural heritage conservation.
3. Local participation in heritage management and interpretation
        This sub-theme is to provide practitioners who work on cultural heritage interpretation and management the opportunities to share their work experiences related to local participation and community that are frequently key components of a successful conservation program.

All documents
must be submitted in English
Presentations in English or Thai with presentation materials and handouts in English

August 15
:Deadline for submission of abstracts
September 3 :Notification of abstract acceptance
October 1 :Deadline for submission of full papers
October 15 :Deadline for registration (or until full; limited to 200 persons)
November 1-3 :ICOMOS Thailand 2nd General Assembly and International Scientific Symposium 2007 including an observational trip to Amphawa, Samut Songkram

Abstract in English: 200 words maximum :1 page A4
Please send abstracts as attachments via e-mail only to ICOMOS Thailand Secretary Office:
Paper, in English and/or in Thai, is restricted to a maximum length of 10 pages including illustrations. Send in digital format either via e-mail or via post to ICOMOS Thailand Secretary Office.

For further information about the program, post-conference trip and registration, please visit the ICOMOS Thailand's website:


8) Australian Framework and Action Plan for Digital Heritage Collections

The Collections Council hosted a Summit on Digital Collections in 2006. Arising from the Summit, a draft Australian Framework and Action Plan for Digital Heritage Collections has now been drafted.

Comments on the draft are welcome, up to 3 August 2007.


9) Australia ICOMOS W.A. Membership
First Winterschool

The Old Observatory, West Perth
14th July 2007

Winterschool theme: -  Cultural Landscapes and Monuments of Nature


  9:00am         Registration and teas & coffees
  9:30am         Welcome and introduction by WA member of 2007 National Executive AI
  9:35am         Opening of Winterschool                 
  9:45am         Keynote Address on 2007 theme   Christopher Vernon (UWA)
10:15am         Questions

10:30am         Morning Tea

11:00am Capital City Heritage Initiatives                Noel Robertson (City of Perth)
11:30am         A History of a Conservation Practice    Kevin Palassis. (Palassis Architects)
12 noon The Coastal Heritage of WA               Barbara Pedersen (DPI)
12:30pm Questions

12:45pm         Lunch

1:45pm  Advocacy for Heritage Landscapes         A/Prof Jenny Gregory (NTWA)
2:15pm  A Lay Persons Perspective of Heritage   A & R Poulton (Hoopers Winery)
2:45pm           Discussion on Heritage at Risk -        Chair: WA ICOMOS Committee member
3:15pm           Questions

3:30pm           Afternoon Tea

4:00pm           Riverine Heritage                         Ross Montgomery (Consultant)
4:30pm            Discussion-Historic Urban Landscapes    Chair: WA ICOMOS Committee member
4:45pm           Close of Winterschool followed by sunset choir practice on the verandah

Contact: Don Newman M.Australia ICOMOS

         9384 3826 (H)
         0407 086 084 (M)
         9264 7668 (W)


10) Port Arthur ‘anniversary’ symposium
56 October 2007

This year marks a significant anniversary for the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA), being the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Authority (1987), as well as 30 years since the first archaeological project was carried out by a team from the University of Sydney, led by Maureen Byrne.  PAHSMA is proposing to host a mini symposium on 56 October to acknowledge the significant achievements of the past 20/30 years.  While a full program is yet to be finalised, it is likely to include an afternoon of presentations to review the history and achievements of the PAHS, a special dinner event on the evening of Friday 5 October, an archaeology planning workshop on the morning of Saturday 6 October followed by an excursion to the Coal Mines Historic Site.

While this series of events is open to anyone with an interest in the Port Arthur Historic Site, we particularly wanted to alert and invite those of you who have been involved with the site in the past.

We will provide further details as they are finalised but if you are of a mind to reacquaint yourself with Port Arthur  or even visit us for the first time  keep 56 October free to come and help us celebrate.  We would love to see you. If you would like to be included on a distribution list for updates please send your details to either Greg Jackman ( or Jane Harrington ( or contact either of us on (03) 6251 2339.


11) News from Heritage South Australia

July 2007
Branch News
South Australian Heritage Fund Grants
Applications for the 2007/08 round of South Australian Heritage Fund Grants have now closed and sorting and assessment has begun.

Rising Damp/Salt Attack & Mortars
DEH Heritage Branch is partnering with Heritage NSW, Heritage Victoria and the Adelaide City Council on two projects over the next 12 months; the first will update the very popular Rising Damp and Salt Attack publication, while the second will address the need for a comprehensive document on Mortars.   Seminar programs are intended to be run with the release of these documents.

State History Conference - Tanunda
This year's conference will focus on the history of South Australia's country towns and communities, especially in the 20th century. In a Sunday afternoon session (5 August) Heritage Branch staff will discuss some of the fundamental issues that confront anyone engaging in built heritage-related work. How do you judge significance? What do you keep and what do you let go? Having kept it, how do you manage change? How can research deepen your appreciation of heritage? How can you convey the interest and value of heritage to the world?
See Events section of this newsletter for registration details.

RAIA South Australian Awards 2007 - Heritage
The following works in relation to State Heritage Places were acknowledged in this year's Awards:

Award of Merit: Ripcurl Infill Building, Rundle Mall - Woodhead Pty Ltd
'...a bold and innovative piece of architecture that embraces and respects the adjoining heritage buildings.'

Award of Merit: Urrbrae House Salt Damp remediation and Conservation - Brasse Architects
'...the skilful repair of dilapidated building fabric in a sensitive and considered manner.' '...the creative solution employed to remove damp from affected walls continues the design principles employed at the house over 100 years ago.'

Commendation: Carnegie Mellon University - Swanbury Penglase Architects
'The architect's solution is site-specific, reflecting the local character of the heritage building while embracing the particular requirements [of the university].'

Dry Stone Walling Association of Australia - SA Chapter
The Dry Stone Walls Association of Australia (DSWAA) is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to foster the preservation and contemporary interpretation of Australia's dry stone walls and structures. The Association was established in Victoria, but has an increasing membership in other states. Advice to owners of walls, the conduct of local field trips and other events are features of the DSWAA's regional activities. If you are interested in finding out more about the SA Chapter of the Association, including a proposed event in October, contact
For more information about DSWAA see
Also of interest:  and

9 August
Stirring the Possum - a DEH community forum
The next in DEH's series of Stirring the Possum forums will be a 'Heritage Possum'(title to be confirmed) and look at the challenges of managing changes to heritage places. Kirsten Thompson, well-known Melbourne architect, will present the keynote address, while Megan Lloyd (Editor-in-Chief, Messenger Newspapers), George Kambitsis (Director, Kambitsis Group) and Mary Marsland (Chair, SA Heritage Council) will join Kirsten in a panel discussion led by Allan Holmes, DEH Chief Executive. Wednesday 29 August 2007, 6 - 7.30pm, Grainger Studio, 91 Hindley St. Fuller details will be in the August E-News, but get the date in your diaries now!

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Email or phone 08 8124 4947


12) Vacancy - Heritage Consultant/Archaeologist - Christchurch, New Zealand

Opus International Consultants Ltd is New Zealand's largest and most dynamic multidisciplinary consultancy with offices located in New Zealand and overseas.

We have an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic team player within the Property Services Group in our Christchurch office in New Zealand.

The Heritage Consultant/Archaeologist will assist in delivering 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 who has an appropriate heritage qualification and experience in the identification, preservation, enhancement or commercial development of heritage assets and values. New Zealand experience is essential.

Please send your application or requests for position description to:
Anthony van Meer, Property Services Manager, P O Box 1482, Christchurch, New Zealand.
Or email

Applications close Friday 13 July.

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