E-Mail News No. 339
1) The 4Rs Conference - Rights, Reconciliation, Respect,
Responsibility, Sydney September-October 2008
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2) ICOMOS Ireland Vice President extends invitation to Australia
3) Cumberland Vernacular 4-5 July 2008 - Places Still
4) Report on UNESCO - ICCROM Asian Academy for Heritage Management
(AAHM) 3rd Strategy Meeting, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand,
6 - 7 June
5) Link to Heritage Council of WA's E-newsletter
6) Streetwise Asia Update - Tax Deductible Donations Sought Pre End
7) Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts:
Media Release - Myall Creek Massacre Recognised 170 Years On
1) The 4Rs Conference - Rights,
Reconciliation, Respect, Responsibility, Sydney September-October
The 4Rs Conference
Rights, Reconciliation, Respect, Responsibility
Planning for a socially inclusive future for Australia
Sydney, 30 September - 3 October 2008
The 4Rs frame Australia's future as a cosmopolitan civil society. This
conference comes at a critical time for Australia, when the opportunities
and desire for change abound, yet older fears still persist.
The 4Rs explore the internal debates and the relationships between
crucial social, political and cultural questions, with their relevance to
public policy, community development and societal cohesion.
The conference is designed around the four themes and their interaction -
human rights, Indigenous advancement, inter-communal relations, and
Australia remains the only Western democracy without a national human
rights framework, yet it is a society in which the struggle for rights
has been a central part of history - for Indigenous people, women, ethnic
and religious minorities, people with disabilities and those involved in
same-sex relationships. The Rights stream (R1) invites contributions that
discuss global, national and local concerns across the full range of
human rights issues, from the initial engagement with political rights,
through social and cultural rights, to the most recent questions raised
by action on disability and indigenous rights. It encourages
philosophical as well as political and legal approaches. It explores the
practical politics of achieving a national human rights framework within
the international community.
Wherever colonial powers have settled their populations on the lands
of indigenous peoples there have been ongoing crises and conflicts.
Reconciliation (R2) seeks to understand the truth of those histories and
devise ways through which people from both indigenous and immigrant
origins can work and live together in a shared society. Australia has
faced a particularly difficult period as it has struggled with both
symbolic and practical forms through which reconciliation should be
The reconciliation stream invites contributions that explore the
challenges, success and failures in reconciliation across the world, and
the specific dimensions of reconciliation in Australia. It welcomes
community presentations, and joint presentations between scholars, policy
groups and Indigenous activists. It particularly looks towards younger
people and their perspectives on future directions for
In the often-heated conversations about relations between
ethno-religious communities in pluralist societies, in the past framed by
ideas about multiculturalism and tolerance, a key concept is that of
respect. Respect (R3) requires recognition of the validity of different
approaches to everyday life, and a desire to understand those
differences. Respect is multi-directional; it calls on all members of a
society to recognise the value of all other communities. In democratic
societies it also points to the critical role of respect for individual
human rights even though at times this may strain inter-group relations.
Australia has experienced serious challenges to the place of respect in
societal discussions about diversity, as have many other western
societies. The respect stream invites contributions that explore the
tensions around the idea of respect, its representation, and its presence
or absence in the discourse of difference globally and in Australia. It
welcomes collaborative presentations that explore either comparative
cases or innovations in community, arts and other practices in which
respect is mobilised as a positive value. Responsibilities Societies are
made up of reciprocal relationships of responsibilities, in which various
benefits are received and various obligations incurred. Citizenship, both
political and cultural, provides the context in which debates about
responsibilities most often occur.
This Responsibilities theme (R4) addresses the debates about
citizenship and how these have been affected by the transformations in
world society in the current generation. Citizenship has been considered
as a purely political question, relating to the legal status of
individuals in their relations to nation states. It has also reflected
broader concerns with social citizenship, active citizenship and cultural
citizenship, where the broad range of human rights is considered to be
part of the dynamics of citizenship. It explores the responsibilities
citizens have for each other, for the well-being and protection of the
state, and the responsibilities the state has for the well-being and
freedoms of its citizens. The responsibilities theme invites
contributions that explore these multiple meanings of citizenship, and
that can expose connections to the other themes of the conference. In
particular it invites debates regarding the imposition of various tests
for citizenship and what they reveal about the status of the citizen in
the contemporary world. Involvement This is a conference for scholars and
activists, administrators and policy developers, artists and writers,
community leaders and media practitioners, educators and students.
It's about connections - exploring how key dimensions of Australian life
in a globalized world intersect and interact with each other. Its
culturally diverse society - Indigenous people, early settlers and their
descendants, and recent immigrants and refugees - tests both how to
mobilise the qualities of this diversity to improve the well being of the
whole society, and how to ensure that social inclusion can be properly
extended to the full range of that diversity.
Further information, call for papers, panel proposals, registration,
location & program:
Conference Convener: Professor Andrew Jakubowicz,
Conference Secretary: Maqsood Alshams,
2) ICOMOS Ireland Vice President
extends invitation to Australia ICOMOS members
The World Archaeology Conference is being held in Dublin, Ireland
between 29 June and 4 July this year and ICOMOS Ireland would like to
extend a warm welcome to all Australian ICOMOS members travelling to
Ireland. We would encourage ICOMOS members to contact us so we can host a
casual gathering of ICOMOS Ireland and ICOMOS International members. If
you're interested in joining us email me at this address
We look forward to welcoming old friends and meeting new ones.
Carrig Conservation Consultants Ltd.,
68 Dame Street,
T: +353 (0)1 6715777
F: +353 (0)1 6715544
3) Cumberland Vernacular 4-5 July
2008 - Places Still Available
A two-day technical symposium and excursion provided - a collaboration
between the Association for Preservation Technology, the Historic Houses
Trust and Hawkesbury Regional Museum exploring the traditional
construction methods and conservation techniques for slab barns and
timber outbuildings on the Cumberland Plain.
The program includes a demonstration of timber working by craftsmen from
rural Victoria and an inspection of the rare group of outbuildings at
Rouse Hill House & Farm.
Speakers include professors Ian Jack (University of Sydney) and Miles
Lewis (University of Melbourne) and local conservation practitioners
specialising in structural analysis, timber technology, roofing systems
and conservation works.
The excursion to significant sites includes an early slab-built
vernacular house and outstanding timber barns in the Hawkesbury District.
General Fee $130
Conc/HHT and APT Members $110 (Includes refreshments).
Bookings essential Tel (02) 8239 2211.
4) Report on UNESCO - ICCROM Asian
Academy for Heritage Management (AAHM) 3rd Strategy Meeting, Chiang Mai
University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 6 - 7 June
Elizabeth Vines, the Executive Committee SA ICOMOS representative,
attended this meeting. Currently there are nearly 100 members of the AAHM
- and at Chiang Mai approximately 25 members (and some observers, such as
representatives from the Getty Conservation Institute) attended the 3rd
Strategy meeting. Membership of the AAHM falls into five categories: the
core members are the Institutes of higher learning situated in the Asia
Pacific region offering post graduate programmes related to culture and
heritage management. These are proposed to have voting privileges under
the draft statutes currently being finalised. The other four categories
include individual affiliate members, institutional affiliate members,
associate and provisional members (those who want to learn how to develop
capacity) - and these members would not have voting privileges.
At this meeting past and current activities and directions of the AAHM
were discussed with presentations provided by attendees from a variety of
institutions. The meeting outlined focus of future activities which
could include (but not be excluded to) the following:
- Ongoing field school development
- Development and sharing of training modules -
Cultural heritage impact assessment, tourist guide program, museum guide,
urban planning development (and insertion of new development in heritage
areas), executive skills development, Computer visualisation and 3D
virtual interpretation at sites
- Refereed journal
- Development of conservation by design approach
to obtaining higher education.
- AA consultancy services - network of
The draft Statutes were circulated to those present with an agreement to
distribute these to the wider current membership for endorsement by
membership at an agreed to time frame. The structure of the
organisation, location of secretariat and knowledge management hub was
agreed upon (with possibility for future rotation to different locations
For further information about the AAHM look at website
5) Link to Heritage Council of
To view the June 2008 issue of Heritage Council of WA's E-newsletter,
www.heritage.wa.gov.au/e_pub_list.html and click on "Heritage
6) Streetwise Asia Update - Tax
Deductible Donations Sought Pre End Financial Year
The Streetwise Asia Fund has now been in operation for more than a year.
This is modest not for profit fund which aims to provide grass roots
assistance to conservation projects in Asia, also providing educational
and community benefits. The first project is now nearly completed.
Another key objective for the Fund is to provide opportunities for
heritage professionals to travel in Asia and become involved in voluntary
conservation work assisting with heritage projects. For the first
project, Anthony Coupe, a South Australian ICOMOS member and his wife
Felicity volunteered, and with their 12 year old son, travelled to Laos
in October 2007. Laos had been suggested by the UNESCO Bangkok
Office as there were possible projects identified which required
financial support. They travelled to Laos assessing four possible
projects and then prepared a report which identified the Community
Library and Learning Resource Centre within the Vat Phou Champasak World
Heritage Area, an area which was World Heritage Listed in 2001. The
building had been vacant for some time and was in a state of decay.
Constructed in the 1930s, it is of a traditional French Colonial style
and sits amongst traditional Lao style raised timber houses. The project
had received some partial funding provided through the Lerici Foundation
and there was a shortfall, with no available budget for re-roofing. As an
initial project for the Streetwise Fund it was ideal - as the project
management structure had already been established, and other works were
underway. Photographs have just been received of the nearly completed
project and Liz Vines is able to email interested parties copies of
The project funding allocation was A$13,000 which included assistance
provided for a local architect from Laos to supervise the works.
We are now investigating other projects, but the fund requires topping
up!! Established initially through the sale of the Streetwise Asia
publication, many ICOMOS members have generously contributed to the fund,
and this has been the main source of donations. The fund gains its tax
effective status by operating under the umbrella of Australind Children's
Fund, a South Australian Charity established to provide assistance for
educational and health facilities in 3rd world countries focusing at
present in Chennai, India and the Streetwise projects are very
Please contact Liz Vines on
(or mob 0419 816 525), who will email you the donation details and any
other details you may require.
Thank you again for your generosity - in anticipation!!!
PS Kristal Buckley, our International Vice President, will be
presenting a paper at the end of May on the Streetwise initiative at the
forthcoming ICOMOS conference in Washington, which has as its theme
"Developing a comprehensive approach to US participation in the global
7) Department of the Environment,
Water, Heritage and the Arts: Media Release - Myall Creek Massacre
Recognised 170 Years On
Heritage Minister Peter Garrett, today announced the inclusion of
the Myall Creek massacre site, near Inverell, on the National Heritage
Minister Garrett made the announcement while attending a memorial service
for the 170th anniversary of the massacre.
"The events at Myall Creek resonate across the years and the listing of
the Myall Creek Massacre and Memorial Site formally recognises a pivotal
moment in Australia's history," Mr Garrett said.
"The fact that so many people gather each year from the Myall Creek
community, Indigenous elders and the relatives of those killed to honour
and remember those who died and continue the journey of reconciliation is
a testament to the communities deep understanding and acknowledgement of
this crucial chapter in our history.
"During the period of early European settlement, competition for land and
resources and a lack of cultural understanding resulted in conflict
between Aboriginal people and settlers. In 1838 approximately 30
Wirrayaraay people of the Gamilaroi nation were killed near Myall Creek.
Seven settlers were found guilty of, and hanged for, the murder of these
"It was the first and last time the Colonial Administration intervened to
ensure the laws of the colony were applied equally to Aboriginal people
and settlers involved in frontier killings.
"However, the public response to the massacre, trial and hangings also
shaped the way the Colonial Administration dealt with Aboriginal people
for the next century. The Administration was reluctant to get involved in
any future frontier conflicts, and the event also led to the
establishment of Aboriginal missions.
"The conflict of 170 years ago has given way to a new understanding of
Aboriginal peoples' attachment to the land. Recognition of this
attachment and the sometimes brutal ways in which Aboriginal people were
dispossessed are important in the journey of reconciliation.
"The Myall Creek Memorial was established in 2000. The fact that the
descendants of some of the people massacred on that horrific day in 1838
and the descendants of those charged with the crime can come together in
their own peaceful and personal reconciliation gives me great hope for
our country and makes me very proud to be an Australian," Mr Garrett
National Heritage listing ensures places are protected for future
generations under the Australian Government's Environment Protection and
Biodiversity Act 1999.
The National Heritage List showcases natural, historic and Indigenous
places of outstanding heritage value to our nation. It reflects the story
of our development - from our original inhabitants to present day,
Australia's spirit and ingenuity, and our unique, living landscapes.
Myall Creek is the 79th place to be included in the National Heritage
List, joining other Indigenous sites including the Hermansburg Historic
Precinct, the Brewarrina Aboriginal Fish Traps, the Budj Bim National
Heritage Landscape and the Mount William Stone Hatchet Quarry.
For more information visit
Media contact: Ben Pratt 0419 968 734
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