Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 296

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Friday 24 August 2007

1)  NSW Heritage Act Review
2)  Deadline Extended:  ICOMOS Thailand International Symposium 2007
3)  Stirring the Possum ‘Giving the Past a Future: Celebrating Heritage Architecture’
4)  Engineering Heritage Conference: Early Bird Closing Soon
5)  Australian Government media release
6)  Heritage Landscape Advice
: Outreach Pilot Project: South West Region
7)  Tender: Preparation of the Old Parliament House Interpretation Plan 2007-2013
8)  Situation Vacant: NSW Heritage Office
9)  Situation Vacant: Cultural Heritage Researcher


1) NSW Heritage Act Review

Australia ICOMOS has been invited to make a submission to the NSW Heritage Act Review Panel. The Panel will be calling for public submissions shortly. Following the close of submissions, the Panel will formulate a discussion paper for the Minister’s consideration.The time frame for input prior to the discussion paper is 6 weeks.

The ICOMOS submission will be compiled by NSW members of the Executive Committee. We would be interested to hear not only from NSW members, but members in other states who have experience of the NSW system and how it compares with those elsewhere.

Australia ICOMOS is inviting members to have their say on the review of the NSW Heritage Act and its relationship to other pertinent Acts, and heritage matters at both State and local levels. If you would like to assist in formulating the Australia ICOMOS submission, the Executive Committee would appreciate receiving your e-replies by Friday 16th September.Please send your comments to Sue Jackson-Stepowski at   Members are of course welcome to make submissions to the Panel independently.

The terms of reference for the Panel are as follows:

Undertake a review of the Heritage Act and its operations and make recommendations to reform and update administrative and legislative provisions.

The review should particularly focus on [but not limited to] the following:

1. Duplicative and overlapping provisions with other legislation [including at the national level]

2. Strengthening the integration of heritage provisions with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act [both at the plan making and development control levels]

3. State heritage provisions and practice, including but not limited to:
(a) improvements that can be made to the listing process;
(b) alternatives to the listing process [eg heritage agreements];
(c) the public benefit of outcomes;
(d) the test for achieving State heritage status;
(e) the role of the property owner or stakeholders and appeal rights;
(f) the approval process for alterations to items on the SHR, including the
rights of property owners and stakeholders; and
(g) resource and time efficiency.

4. The functions and constitution of the Heritage Council.

5. Consideration of local heritage processes and whether they warrant improvement.


2) Deadline Extended - ICOMOS Thailand International Symposium 2007

Dear Colleagues,

The deadline for submission of abstracts to ICOMOS Thailand International Symposium 2007 "INTERPRETATION: FROM MONUMENT TO LIVING HERITAGE" has been extended.

The new deadline is August 31st, 2007.

Conference website:


3) Stirring the Possum
Giving the Past a Future - Celebrating Heritage Architecture’

For South Australians:

Wednesday 29 August 2007

5:45pm  7:15pm
Doors open at 5:30pm

Grainger Studio, 91 Hindley St

The Department for Environment and Heritage, in partnership with SA Heritage Council, the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and Visage Audio Visual, will be holding an energetic public forum discussing our heritage architecture as part of the popular “Stirring the Possum” series.

‘Giving the Past a Future  Celebrating Heritage Architecture’ will debate the opportunities and challenges faced when integrating built heritage into modern architecture.

The expert panel will discuss new developments in historical areas and the challenge of making dramatic changes to individual heritage buildings.

Allan Holmes, CE, Dept for Environment and Heritage
Kerstin Thompson, Architect, Writer and Lecturer
Mary Marsland, Chair, SA Heritage Council
Megan Lloyd, Editor-in-Chief, Messenger Newspapers
George Kambitsis, Adelaide Property Developer

All are welcome, entry is free and bookings are not necessary, however spaces are limited. An early arrival is encouraged - doors open at 5:30pm.

For further information contact Sue Girardi on 8204 1438 or


4) Engineering Heritage Conference:
Early Bird Closing Soon

Dear Colleague

14th National Engineering Heritage Conference 2007

The 14th National Engineering Heritage Conference which will focus on all aspects of engineering and industrial heritage is taking place at Trinity Conference Centre in Western Australia from 18  21 November 2007. As the conference date is quickly approaching, this is a reminder that early bird registrations close on Friday 31st August. To secure the reduced early bird registration rate delegates must complete the registration form and send with payment to the conference secretariat by this date.
Further information is available on the conference website at

We hope to see you in Perth during November!

Best wishes
Katie Preston
Conference & Event Executive
For the 14th National Engineering Heritage Conference
T: +61 8 9386 3282
F: +61 8 9386 3292
PO Box 441 NEDLANDS WA 6909


5) Australian Government media release

TITLE: Protection zone for Victorian shipwreck SS alert
PORTFOLIO: Environment and Water Resources
SNIPPET: Media Release THE HON JOHN COBB MP Assistant Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Member for Parkes 23 August 2007 PROTECTION ZONE FOR VICTORIAN SHIPWRECK SS ALERT The wreck of the Victorian steamship SS Alert will now be protected, thanks to a new protection zone announced today.


6) Heritage Landscape Advice
Outreach Pilot Project: South West Region

The Heritage Strategy, Victoria's Heritage: Strengthening our communities, delivers a new and enhanced range of programs and initiatives to recognise, protect, interpret and manage Victoria’s diverse heritage. Part of the strategy’s Capacity Building Program, the Heritage Landscapes Advice Project aims to improve the access owners/managers of heritage landscapes have to technical expertise. A trial of the Project in Victoria’s South West region is being undertaken by Heritage Victoria.

Heritage Victoria is seeking to appoint qualified and experienced heritage landscape specialists as contractors to provide advice from October 2007 to 30th June 2008 in Victoria’s south-west (ie Shires of Glenelg, Southern Grampians, Moyne, Corangamite and Colac-Otway and the City of Warrnambool). 

For a copy of the Brief visit: The closing date for submissions is 4pm, Friday 24th August 2007.

For further information contact:
Pam Enting
Outreach Co-ordinator
Heritage Victoria
Level 7, 8 Nicholson Street
East Melbourne 3002
Ph: 9637 9486


7) Tender:
Preparation of the Old Parliament House Interpretation Plan 2007-2013

The Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts invites suitably qualified and experienced consultants to submit proposals to prepare the Old Parliament House (OPH) Interpretation Plan 2007-2013.

The Department is seeking a suitably qualified and experienced consultant to prepare an interpretation plan for OPH for the period 2007-2013. The successful tenderer will be expected to create an innovative plan which will present an exciting but appropriate framework to explore the evolving story of Australia’s democracy and the history of OPH. The plan will need to incorporate the new initiatives at OPH, including the Gallery of Australian Democracy and the Australian Prime Ministers Centre, as well as working with the Heritage Management Plan.

In addition to relevant professional qualifications and experience, it would be an advantage for Tenderers to have experience in working within Heritage constraints.

The Tender will close at 2:00pm (local time in the ACT) on 3 September 2007.

Tender documentation is available from Austender at Tenders may be lodged through the Austender site. Physical lodgement is available. Details within Conditions of Submission.

The contact for this tender is Edwina Jans, Heritage Interpretation Manager, Old Parliament House at

King George Terrace
T: 02 6270 8234
F: 02 6270 8107


8) Situation Vacant : NSW Heritage Office

Applications have been called for the position of Director, Heritage Office, NSW Department of Planning following Susan Macdonald's resignation to take up a position with the Getty Conservation Institute in October.

The Heritage Office, Department of Planning is a NSW government agency with responsibility for administration of the Heritage Act and for leadership and co-ordination of policy and strategies involving state and local government and the community to improve heritage conservation across the state.

DIRECTOR Senior Officer Level 2. Permanent full time. Total remuneration package valued up to $147,514 including salary of $124,873 to $133,678 Heritage Office (Pos No HO 07/XX). This officer will assist the Executive Director and provide leadership to the staff of the Office in the implementation of the NSW Government heritage policy.

Essential: Excellent leadership and management skills, vision, communication and negotiation skills. University qualifications in a heritage related field, practical professional experience and accumulated knowledge and interest in heritage conservation. Comprehensive knowledge of the needs, issues and challenges relating to heritage conservation. High level policy development skills gained in a senior position. High level communication, interpersonal and presentation skills. Demonstrated ability in managing organisational change in line with Public Sector reform principles. Proven ability in managing a multi-disciplinary teams with an understanding and commitment to the issues of equity, occupational health and safety, diversity and opportunity in human resource management. Commitment to ethical work practices.

An remuneration package within the Senior Officer Level 2 Band, will be negotiated. Information package : Lynne Barnes (02) 9873 8584. Inquiries Reece McDougall, Executive Director (02) 9873 8584.

Closing Date: 24 August 2007

Application form and full position description are available from


9) Situation Vacant: Cultural Heritage Researcher


Cultural Heritage Researcher,
EPO Class 9, Cultural and Heritage Division, Hurstville,
Permanent Full Time. Vacancy Ref: DECC07-330.
Total Remuneration package to $93,479 p.a. including salary ($76,042 - 84,711).

Undertake research in cultural heritage (Aboriginal and non-indigenous) to provide new knowledge and approaches for conservation and interpretation of heritage places and landscapes.

Selection Criteria: To apply for this position applicants must obtain the information pack. The pack contains the selection criteria for the position that must be addressed in your application.

Notes: Applicants shortlisted for interview may be asked to submit a short piece of their own written work demonstrating outcomes and/or recommendations stemming from a research project that they have undertaken or participated in. Electronic applications must be MS Office 2003 compatible.

Inquiries: Denis Byrne (02) 9585 6571 or

Information Packages: (02) 9585 6168 or 

Applications Marked 'Confidential' To: Recruitment Officer, Department of Environment and Climate Change NSW, Personnel Services Section, PO Box 1967, Hurstville NSW 2220, Fax (02) 9585 6116, or e-mail to

Closing Date: Friday 7 September 2007

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