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Friday 18 April 2008

1)  Museums Australia (MA) Museum Futures Forum
2)  VIIIth Conference on Military Monuments - new deadline for submitting paper extracts
3)  Sustainable City and Creativity Conference, Naples - call for papers
4)  Link to Heritage South Australia's Enews
5)  Nina Crone Award for Australian Garden History writing
6)  Managing World Heritage Sites seminar, 27 April - 2 May 2008, Edinburgh
7)  Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts: Media Release - Public Submission Period Closes on Nobbys Lighthouse
Situations Vacant...
8)  Context P/L seeks a recent graduate for full time role
9)  Senior Environmental Specialist (Heritage), RTA (NSW)


1) Museums Australia (MA) Museum Futures Forum
The MA Museum Futures Forum is scheduled for Sunday 18 - Tuesday 20 May 2008 (Canberra).
As this is a participative Forum (Plenary sessions + Working Groups), numbers will be limited to 200.
Members are invited to register to attend the Forum by checking the Futures Forum information on the home page of the MA website
The Futures Forum is designed to capture museums-sector experience and thought around six key themes. These themes respond, from a museums sector perspective, to issues stated by the new federal government as important to Australia's future - announced in the ten-topics framework of the Government's own Australia 2020 Summit (19-20 April 2008). (See )
The six themes (which MA is pursuing through six pre-Forum Working Groups on each) are:
Each Forum registrant will need to nominate membership of one of these Working Groups (for afternoon venue bookings & catering; morning plenary sessions will be at the National Library of Australia).
The Futures Forum is a key element in the MA advocacy strategy for 2008, designed to capture museums-sector experience and ideas towards the development of a National Policy Framework for the Museums Sector, to be delivered to the federal government by September 2008.
Colleagues' diverse knowledge, experience, ideas, disciplinary backgrounds and commitment to making a difference socially will steer the quality and results of this Forum.
Please take note and register early. All key information and registration details (including the program) is now available on the MA website,


2) VIIIth Conference on Military Monuments - new deadline for submitting paper extracts

THEME: "Sea Coast Fortification: from the onset to modern times"

New deadline for submitting paper extracts: 31 MAY 2008

27-29 November 2008, The Algarve University, Faro, Algarve, Portugal
The Conference on Military Monuments has been promoted by the Portuguese Association of the Castle's Friends since 1982 with seven editions since then.
In celebration of the Castle's Friends 25th anniversary, the VIIIth Conference is brought to an International level that is reflected in the theme's choice: "Sea Coast fortification: from the onset to modern times". This theme will permit the presentation of a wide variety of situations and pave the way to an international debate about the future of this type of fortification.
For more information, visit


3) Sustainable City and Creativity Conference, Naples - call for papers
Dear Colleagues,
I am pleased to submit to your attention the following first announcement and call for papers of the international meeting about Sustainable City and Creativity to be held in Naples on 24, 25, 26 September 2008.
The aim of the Meeting is to analyse in depth the principles and practices of the creative city for the formulation of policy lessons and recommendations able to contribute to the building of a creative city.
In particular, the attention will be focused on the following issues:
The Scientific Committee - composed of Sir Peter Hall, Tuzin Baycan Levent, Roberto Camagni , Giuliana Di Fiore, Francesco Forte, Luigi Fusco Girard,  Klaus Kunzmann,  Peter Nijkamp, John Rees, Pierluigi Sacco and Roger Stough - has been involved in order to identify the Meeting themes/contents.
The Conference will involve representatives from Universities, Research Centres, international and national public Institutions, business sector and civil society.
The draft program is available at As you can see, the Meeting will open with a Round Table. There will be three Plenary Sessions and two Parallel Sessions. A Poster Session is expected too.
A final document will be presented as conference outcome, to be sent to government institutions, city networks and research institutions.
If you have any interest in exchanging research results, experiences, best practices about the role of creativity in promoting urban city sustainable development please consider to submit an abstract (30 - 60 lines in English) for attending the Meeting, specifying the title, your name and institutional affiliation and the interested Session. The number of Sessions to be activated will be defined according to the selected papers.
The papers should present theoretical approach (full research paper with innovative results) and/or practical experiences with ex post evaluation and lessons learned and/or preliminary ideas with work in progress.
The abstract submission will close on 15 June 2008. The date of notification of refereeing results is not later than 31 July 2008. The final paper submission will close on 3 September 2008.
The papers to be presented and then published in a proceeding volume will be selected.
Full details are available on the Meeting website at:
Looking forward to welcome you in Naples next September, I thank you very much.
Best regards
Luigi Fusco Girard
(President, ICOMOS ISC "Economics of Conservation")


4) Link to Heritage South Australia's Enews
To view the April 2008 issue of Heritage South Australia's Enews, visit


5) Nina Crone Award for Australian Garden History writing
$1000 + certificate of recognition for an original article of 1000-1500 words relating to Australian garden history, with accompanying illustrations and/or images, if appropriate.
The award is intended to encourage new and emerging scholars in the writing of Australian garden history and recognise excellence in such writing.
To publish articles on a broad range of topics related to Australian garden history in the Society's journal Australian Garden History.
The award is open to students nationally.
Closing date for final submission - 31 July 2008
Expressions of interest, in the form of a brief abstract, 50-100 words, should be submitted as soon as possible.
Both submissions can be sent electronically to, or mailed to
Australian Garden History Society, 100 Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne VIC 3004
Eligibility and basis of submissions
The award is available to students.
Articles submitted must not have been previously published and associated research must have been completed within the last two years.
Evaluation criteria
Application of sound research methodology
Effectiveness of communication
Nomination and judging procedures

6) Managing World Heritage Sites seminar, 27 April - 2 May 2008, Edinburgh
This seminar is run in partnership with the UK National Commission for UNESCO and will be of interest to senior professionals in the cultural heritage sector and government officials with responsibility for the historic environment, those managing World Heritage sites and those planning to submit a bid for World Heritage status.
It will explore strategies for developing, managing and protecting World Heritage sites, drawing on the expertise developed in the UK and looking at three specific case studies of World Heritage sites: the Old and New Town of Edinburgh, the 18th century cotton mill village of New Lanark and the Roman frontier of Hadrian's Wall.
The topics covered will include:
The seminar is co-directed by Ms Jane Weeks, a museum and heritage consultant specialising in strategic planning, project management and income generation, and Professor Peter Stone, Director of the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies at the University of Newcastle, and a member of the Culture Committee of the UK National Commission for UNESCO.
This is a five-day residential seminar. The fee is 1,000 euro. For further information about the seminar, including an application form, visit: or contact Louise Cowper  by email


7) Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts: Media Release - Public Submission Period Closes on Nobbys Lighthouse
More than 400 submissions had been received from the Newcastle community regarding a proposed development around Nobbys Lighthouse on Nobbys Headland in Newcastle, Heritage Minister Peter Garrett said today.
Mr Garrett said that he would give the submissions received during the 10 day consultation period full and thorough consideration before making a final decision on the development proposal before him.
"Before making a final decision on this particular development proposal I advised both the proponent and the local community of my proposed decision not to allow this particular development. However, before reaching a final decision I will consider the further feedback I have received from the community and the proponent.
"I am encouraged by the number of responses and value the effort people have made to inform me of their views. I will consider the content of each submission before making a final decision."
Mr Garrett said that some of submissions received included input from a large number of people, for example one submission included more than 400 comments received through a local website.
"Nobbys Lighthouse is the oldest surviving lighthouse in New South Wales and is an icon of Newcastle City. I will of course be making my decision taking this into account along with the advice of my Department, an independent heritage report and the community feedback received through this process."
The Minister's final decision will be published on the Department of Environment, Heritage, Water and the Arts website as soon as a final determination has been reached.
Media contact: Ben Pratt 0419 968 734


8) Context P/L seeks a recent graduate for full time role
Context is seeking a recent graduate to work full-time in our busy consultancy business. Context specialises in strategic planning, research and consultation for heritage, environment and community projects. The person appointed to this role would join our multidisciplinary team of professionals in consultation, planning, architecture, history, archaeology, organisational change, facilitation, and more. We are located in Brunswick.
The graduate trainee position is a full-time entry level position, and is suitable for a recent graduate in a humanities discipline or perhaps an exceptional undergraduate who is taking 1-2 years away from their studies to build work skills and a greater appreciation of opportunities in their chosen field.
In this role you will gain exposure to a broad range of projects and develop an understanding of what is involved in the successful planning, management and delivery of consultancy services. You will get a chance to develop your knowledge and skills.
For a detailed position description please email .
 Applications close on Monday 5 May 2008.


9) Senior Environmental Specialist (Heritage), RTA (NSW)
Environmental Officer (Heritage)
Position No: 50081602
An exciting and unique opportunity exists for a highly motivated and dynamic individual to join the RTA's Environmental Team.
The successful applicant will lead a team with an organisational wide brief to develop RTA heritage (including Aboriginal cultural heritage) policy and provide specialist advice, leadership and technical expertise to deliver heritage outcomes across RTA projects and programs.
An attractive salary package and flexible working conditions are available.
If this sounds like an opportunity that you would be interested in, please visit the website or contact Michael Crowley on (02) 9218 6420 for further information.
Direct link for this position:
Applications close 2 May 2008.

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