Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 292

An information service provided by the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat
Friday 27th July 2007

1)  World Heritage Seminar and AGM at the Sydney Opera House
2)  2007 International Tourism, Culture and Education Forum
3)  World Heritage Studies  Master of Arts Programme
4)  ISS Opportunities for 2007
5)  Government Media Releases
6)  Your chance to help conserve Australian Antarctic icon
7)  Situation Vacant- Personal Assistant
8)  Situation Vacant: Executive Officer
9)  Situation Vacant: Heritage Consultant/Archaeological Vacancies in Sydney
10)  Situation Vacant: Heritage Architect or Assistant


World Heritage Seminar and AGM at the Sydney Opera House

Australia ICOMOS usually holds its AGM in conjunction with the Annual Conference to make it easier for members from other States and Territories to attend. This year, because our Cairns conference was in July, the AGM will be a separate event in Sydney on Friday 23 November. To encourage you to come, we are planning to hold a half-day seminar beforehand on World Heritage, at Australia's latest World Heritage site. Put the date in your diary now - more details to come! The following is an extract from the Statement of Outstanding Universal Value adopted by the World Heritage Committee when it inscribed the Opera House on the World Heritage List:

The Sydney Opera House constitutes a masterpiece of 20th century architecture. Its significance is based on its unparalleled design and construction; its exceptional engineering achievements and technological innovation and its position as a world-famous icon of architecture. It is a daring and visionary experiment that has had an enduring influence on the emergent architecture of the late 20th century. Utzon’s original design concept and his unique approach to building gave impetus to a collective creativity including architects, engineers and builders. Ove Arup’s engineering achievements helped make Utzon’s vision a reality. The design represents an extraordinary interpretation and response to the setting in Sydney Harbour. The Sydney Opera House is also of outstanding universal value for its achievements in structural engineering and building technology. The building is a great artistic monument and an icon, accessible to society at large.
Criterion i: The Sydney Opera House is a great architectural work of the 20th century. It represents multiple strands of creativity, both in architectural form and structural design, a great urban sculpture carefully set in a remarkable waterscape and a world famous iconic building.


2)  2007 International Tourism, Culture and Education Forum

New Approaches to Sustainable Tourism and Human Resource Development

Yanji, China, 13-15 July 2007

The South Australian ICOMOS Representative, Elizabeth Vines, attended this forum, travelling to Yanji which is in the north east area of China, neighbouring North Korea.  The Education Forum for Asia has previously held three Annual Conferences - 2004, 2005 and 2006 - and the forum aims to be a platform for the enquiry into all the problems in the development of Asian education, high level exchange, enquiry and cooperation in the Asia Pacific Region.  Yanji is located in the Yanjian Korean autonomous prefecture which is the largest region where ethnic Koreans live in compact communities - it has a common border with Russia and North Korea, and Yanji City is the capital of the prefecture.  The forum was for one day and focussed heavily on the development of tourism in this somewhat remote region of China. 

A variety of papers were presented, including one on Las Vegas, offering this as a potential model for tourism activity and development in this region of China.  Issues of sustainability and the impact of climate change requiring a shift to responsible tourism were not discussed - these issues now being focussed upon in other tourism conferences.  A site visit followed to the Changbai Mountain, the highest crater lake in the world, and delegates were fortunate to see this site free of cloud cover, with this being achieved usually in only 30% of visits.  The usual hospitality of the Chinese was very generous, and the conference provided stimulating discussions and interesting perspective on the issues of cultural tourism in areas of China away from major cities. 

ICOMOS SA Representative


3) World Heritage Studies  Master of Arts Programme

At Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU), Cottbus, Germany

World Heritage Studies is a unique and innovative programme that takes up the technical, socio-economic, cultural, ecological and political challenges related to the protection of World Heritage by the means of an interdisciplinary curriculum.  It cuts across all faculties of BTU. 

The program is taught in English.
For details including application deadlines please consult the website

Programme Director: Prof Dr. Marie-Theres Albert

Programme Coordinator


4) ISS Opportunities for 2007

Overseas Fellowships
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Applications invited
Fellowships to Venice and other Italian cities and towns in the Veneto Region

ISS Institute/Italy (Veneto) Fellowship for staff in TAFE institutes and TAFE divisions of universities in Victoria

Four fellowships are being offered for travel to the Veneto Region - your study program may be in Venice, Padua or any city or town in the region. Spend all your time in the Veneto or split it between other Italian regions, even other countries as long as half your Fellowship time is in the Veneto.

We are here to help where we can
Call us on 03 9882 0055, or go to our website and download the Application From and FAQ

Education Activities • Events
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Register your Expression of Interest

Lime-based building products - October 2007
How, when and why in contemporary and historic built environments

Bob Bennett MBE, The Lime Centre, Winchester, UK
The Pratt Foundation/ISS Institute Fellow

Melbourne Program
Ten Years On... The Great Lime Revival Conference
Workshop 1 : Slaking and Mortars
Workshop 2 : Surface Treatments

Mildura Program
Building a Cob House Workshop

Suitable for... Archaeologists • Architects • Bricklayers • Conservators • Builders • Building surveyors Cemetery trusts • Conservators • Church owners • Decorators • Education from university and TAFE • Engineers • Framers • Government agencies • Heritage advisers • Heritage consultants • Historians • Interior designers • Local government • Manufacturers • Painters • Plasterers • Professional associations • Property owners • Quarries • Sculptors • Stonemasons • Suppliers • Urban planners • and post-graduates and final year students

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5) Government Media Releases

TITLE: $3.5 million to protect Australia's indigenous heritage media release
PORTFOLIO: Environment and Water Resources
SNIPPET: Media Release THE HON JOHN COBB MP Assistant Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Member for Parkes
More than $3.5 million in Australian Government funding will identify, protect and share Australia's Indigenous heritage, the Assistant Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, John Cobb, said today.


6) Your chance to help conserve Australian Antarctic icon

The Assistant Minister for the Environment and Water Resources John Cobb and the Australian Antarctic Division invite public comment on the management of Australia’s most significant historic site in Antarctica.

The Mawson’s Huts Historic Site contains the remains of the base established in 1912 at Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay in Antarctica by Australian geologist and explorer, Douglas Mawson.

Mr Cobb said that Dr Mawson was a major player in the Heroic Age in Antarctic exploration and ranks alongside Amundsen, Shackleton and Scott.

“Mawson instigated what became the forerunner of Australia’s current Antarctic endeavours, as it was he who lobbied the government of the time to fund Antarctic research.

“His forays into Antarctic research and exploration earned him a knighthood in 1914 from King George V.

“Cape Denison is an inhospitable part of Antarctica - the place Mawson named ‘the home of the blizzard’.
“The buildings and artefacts have withstood the elements since Mawson and his men left early in 1914.
“The site comprises the intact main hut where Mawson and his men lived and worked, and the magnetograph building which housed his measuring instruments. Two other are in ruins,” Mr Cobb said.

The Mawson’s Huts Historic Site is registered under the Environment Protection and Conservation Act 1999 on the National and Commonwealth Heritage lists. It is protected as a Historic Site, an Antarctic Specially Protected Area, and an Australian Specially Managed Area under the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty (the Madrid Protocol).

Copies of the Mawson’s Huts Historic Site Draft Management Plan can be viewed online at: and or at the Australian Antarctic Division, Kingston, Tasmania and Department of Environment and Water Resources, Canberra.

The closing date for public comment is 24 August, 2007.


7) Situation Vacant- Personal Assistant

• Unique opportunity
• Enjoys people contact
• Located in Camberwell

An exciting opportunity exists for an exceptional PA to join our dynamic team and work in a multi-faceted role which offers variety and diversity. The successful candidate will need to be open to change and to think outside of the square, be enthusiastic, reliable, highly organised with strong attention to detail, demonstrate initiative, possess excellent communication skills with people at all levels.

You will be working closely with the CEO to build the business in an exciting growth period.
You will be extremely professional in your approach to work and have PA experience in a corporate environment.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, admin support, event organisation, typing documents and client interaction.
Book-keeping is an advantage. High level computer skills including proficient use of all Microsoft programs is essential. MAC skills are an advantage.

Salary range of $45,000 to $55,000 plus superannuation.

The company is looking to take on a PA for an immediate start.
Closing date Submit your application and CV before 6th August 2007. Applications will be assessed as they are received.
For more details relating to the position, please contact ISS Institute :
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8) Situation Vacant: Executive Officer

Australian Council of National Trusts
A full time position located in Canberra

The Australian Council of National Trusts (ACNT) is a not for profit company, a leader in providing advice and advocacy for heritage matters in Australia and the national body representing individual State and Territory National Trusts.

Applications are invited for the position of Executive Officer of the ACNT

The EO is accountable to the ACNT Board.

The successful applicant will have the following competencies:
·        Extensive understanding, experience or qualifications in the heritage area
·        Excellent management, advocacy and leadership skills
·        Good financial and budgeting skills
·        Demonstrated ability to partner funding bodies and stakeholders
·        High level communication and interpersonal skills
·        Ability to manage staff in a small office environment

Ability to travel and work flexible hours is essential.

An attractive salary package will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

An information package including position description and Key Selection Criteria is available from Patrick Comben 02 6642 4122; 0429424122

Written applications addressing the Selection Criteria must be received no later than 13th August 2007


9) Heritage Consultant/Archaeological Vacancies in Sydney

Heritage Concepts Pty Ltd is a well established Sydney based archaeological and cultural heritage consulting firm providing a diverse range of services to government, corporate and private clients throughout Australia. We offer a total heritage service to our clients and work equally in the fields of Indigenous and non Indigenous heritage & archaeological management. Services typically offered include archaeological assessments, heritage assessments, heritage impact statements, archaeological excavations large and small, preparation of conservation management plans, archaeological zoning plans and planning review documents etc.

Our team is passionate about the work we do and has a core focus on providing ethically sound solutions to our client’s needs which adequately address the concerns of all community stakeholders. The company presently employs 2 principal archaeologists, 3 project archaeologists/researchers, 3 junior archaeologists/researchers and 1 part time historic artefact specialist.

Due to an increasing project load we are looking for a number of senior and mid level professionals to work in our Sydney office, located 5 minutes walk from Circular Quay.

Senior Consultant / Archaeologist
We are seeking a highly skilled archaeologist with demonstrated knowledge in Aboriginal cultural heritage management, excellent negotiation and communication skills, ability to think strategically, experience in the management of Aboriginal archaeological projects and an interest in business development.

The suitable candidate must have at least 5 years demonstrated experience working in the Aboriginal archaeological consulting industry and the ability to build effective working relationships with Aboriginal stakeholder groups and clients. The suitable candidate will show they can effectively manage assessment and excavation projects from start to finish and obtain excavation permits from the relevant NSW authorities.

Senior Consultant remuneration
We are prepared to offer a generous salary package (indicative range $65k -$100k depending on academic qualifications, experience and client list), tailored to the successful candidate’s needs and experience, including, after a qualifying period access to performance based bonus options. An assistance package will be available to a successful interstate candidate to help defray relocation costs.

Project Archaeologists / Heritage Consultants
We are also looking for candidates with a minimum of 12 - 24 months post graduation experience for the position of project archaeologists and/or heritage consultants. This role will involve carrying out Aboriginal and historical archaeological research, writing up predictive models under supervision etc, proving assistance in the field and general work within the office.

Successful applicants will be offered permanent, full time employment subject to an initial 3 month probationary period. Salary and conditions are negotiable and will be based upon the successful applicant’s experience.

Please email for a copy of the relevant position description and application procedure.


10) Situation Vacant: Heritage Architect or Assistant

Woodhead has a reputation for excellence, diversity and creativity in its heritage conservation services spanning more than thirty years. 

We work throughout Australia in close co-operation with all levels of Government, community groups, institutional bodies and the private sector in the management, conservation, preservation and adaptation of historic buildings and sites. 

Practicing with a well-established heritage team and in collaboration with our wider team of architects and designers the successful candidate will be responsible for assisting with existing national and state-based commissions involving:

·  Preparation and presentation of heritage management plans.
· Provision of strategic advice on heritage issues.
·  Documentation and management of heritage works.
· Condition assessments and building appraisals.
·  Heritage value assessments.
·  Heritage audits and statutory compliance reviews.
· Heritage landscape management plans.
·  Adaptive re-use proposals and design / documentation.
·  Maintenance plans.
·  Environmental sustainability advice for heritage buildings and sites.

Candidates with experience in both conservation works and the adaptive re-use of heritage places will find this position attractive and professionally rewarding. A working knowledge of the Burra Charter and conservation principles as will as strong report writing skills are highly desirable.

We are prepared to consider practicing professionals or candidates from an academic background.

This is a permanent full time role. Our successful candidate will ideally be seeking to be based in either Adelaide or Melbourne. A salary package will be agreed commensurate with skills and experience. Flexible working arrangements are accessible.

Enquiries and registrations of interest are regarded as strictly confidential and should be submitted to Mark Murphy via e-mail to or by mail to the Group HR Manager, 26 Chesser Street, Adelaide SA 5000.

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