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2) News from the quarterly bulletin of the US National Park
3) Call for Australia ICOMOS members to contribute to International
4) Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts:
Media Release - Funding Boost Helps Protect HMVS Cerberus
5) Numantia: Message from US/ICOMOS
6) Heritage Architects, Woodhead, Adelaide & Melbourne
1) Applications for membership of
Australia ICOMOS - next application cut-off date fast approaching!!
New Members - join soon, there are Conferences coming up!
Australia ICOMOS welcomes applications for new members.
Also, if you have been an Associate for a number of years you might like
to consider applying to be a Full Member as this provides you with many
There are some very interesting conferences and ICOMOS events coming up
including the ICOMOS General Assembly in Quebec in October 2008, the
Australia ICOMOS Annual Conference in Sydney in July 2009 and the
ICOMOS/TICCIH Conference in Broken Hill in April 2010. ICOMOS Members are
eligible for concession rates for these conferences and a range of other
ICOMOS events in each state.
It is worthwhile letting friends and colleagues who may wish to join
ICOMOS that they should do so soon, so they can take advantage of these
The cut-off date for applications is 3 weeks before each Executive
Committee meeting where new member nominations are considered. Following
are the dates for the EC meetings and the resulting cut-off date for
Member application cut-off
EC Meeting dates
Thursday 7th August
30th-31st August 2008
Thursday 30th October
22nd-23rd November 2008
Thursday 15th January
February 2008 (date to be set)
Initial membership enquiries can be directed to the Australia ICOMOS
2) News from the quarterly
bulletin of the US National Park Service
Host Diplomatic Corps Study Tour
Golden Gate National Recreation Area served as the opening stop on a U.S.
study tour for ambassadors representing the diplomatic corps of 41
nations in late June. The ambassadors, stationed in Washington, DC,
participated in a State Department-sponsored outreach program entitled
"Experience America" to learn more about the United States. Interior
Secretary Kempthorne, National Park Service Director Bomar and Golden
Gate Superintendent O'Neill greeted the ambassadors as they visited
Alcatraz Island, the Presidio and Fort Baker. For more information, visit
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/pix/b/106345.htm. Also, the most
recent edition of State Department's eJournalUSA was focused entirely on
the U.S. National Park System. For more information, visit
Visitor Management Workshop
Representatives from five U.S. national parks (Zion, Hawaii Volcanoes,
Chaco Culture, Yosemite, Yellowstone) and four foreign protected areas -
Cambodia's Angkor, China's Jiuzhaigou, Ecuador's Galapagos and Mexico's
Sian Ka'an - participated in a workshop focused on visitor management
issues at World Heritage Sites. Held at Yellowstone National Park in
mid-May, the workshop was co-sponsored by the NPS Office of International
Affairs and the University of Montana, and also included academicians
specializing in protected area management, representatives of various
non-governmental organizations, personnel from the World Heritage Center
and staff from the NPS Denver Service Centre. Of the nine parks,
eight are designated as World Heritage Sites.
The workshop focused on building capacity among participants to
understand the issues and opportunities in five areas of visitor and
tourism management: managing visitor experiences; managing visitor
congestion; managing facilities for visitors; interpretation and
education; and managing relationships with stakeholders. Participants
presented case studies on each of the topics followed by discussion and
debate on management strategies and problem framing.
On the final day of the workshop, participants directly engaged the
question of the technical proficiencies needed to manage visitors and
tourism in World Heritage Sites. The workshop emphasized technical
proficiencies rather than other capacity building needs, such as
sustainable financing, governance, organizational structure, and
leadership as it was focused on management of visitors and tourism.
Participants identified key technical proficiencies for site managers in
monitoring, revenue generation mechanisms, business and financial
planning, as well visitor and tourism management with reference to each
site's internationally recognized heritage values.
For more information, contact Jon Putnam, at
NPS Assistance to
World Bank's Silk Road Project
Building on an initial assessment mission undertaken in February 2006,
current and retired NPS specialists in historic interpretation techniques
accompanied a World Bank "supervision" mission to sites within the Gansu
province Cultural and Natural Heritage Protection and Development Project
in late May. NPS representatives joined the supervision mission to
facilitate discussion of best practices in interpretation and in
sustainable tourism among project managers and stakeholders and to
provide site-specific recommendations with regard to planning and
implementation of visitor facilities and programs. Gansu province is home
to many historic Silk Road Route sites. NPS and Bank specialists
conducted site reviews and facilitated capacity-building workshops with
Chinese officials at Jiayuguan, Suoyan town, Mati Temple Scenic Area,
Lutusi Ancient Government Centre Scenic Area, Yellow River Stone Forest
National Park, and Qingcheng Ancient Town Scenic Area.
For more information, contact Christine Arato at
Rudy D'Alessandro, at
Endangered Species Internships
Funded by a special program of the U.S. State Department's Middle East
Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and working with staff of the Interior
Department's International Technical Assistance Program (ITAP), the NPS
Office of International Affairs arranged for short-term internships in
endangered species management for three Middle Eastern specialists at
several national park units in June.
The three Middle Eastern species conservation specialists, two from
Jordan, one from Bahrain, were placed at Mojave National Preserve, Death
Valley National Park and Biscayne National Park, studying species and
habitat restoration efforts for desert tortoise, Devil's Hole pupfish,
and nesting sea turtles, respectively, as well as learning about park
interpretation of natural and cultural resources. This initial
class of internships for endangered species professionals from the Middle
East will be followed in autumn 2008 by two more internships for
representatives from Oman and Morocco.
For more information, see
http://www.nps.gov/oia/new/new.htm or contact David Krewson, at
Ecologist Completes Training at Everglades
In June, Japanese plant ecologist Naomi Kibe completed a year-long
training internship as a volunteer working on the staff of Everglades
National Park. Ms. Kibe, who works at an urban national park in Japan,
put her plant identification skills to work, helping Everglades' Fire
Management division with vegetation surveys, insect trapping, identifying
plant species, and entering data. Ms. Kibe also volunteered with the
Everglades' interpretation division, revising the park's Japanese
brochure, staffing the visitor centre, assisting rangers with the park's
camping program, and giving environmental education programs to visitors
of all ages.
For more information, see
http://www.nps.gov/oia/topics/ivip/IVIP_Stories.html or contact Linda
NPS Assistance to
Heritage Conservation in Russia
At the request of the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Embassy in
Moscow, a National Park Service expert travelled to Russia in late May
and early June to talk about "the indispensable role of civil society in
finding sustainable solutions for preserving cultural heritage."
The NPS speaker shared the "U.S. experience of constructive involvement
of the private sector in developing and preserving cultural heritage
sites." In addition, the NPS expert participated in a program to
discuss the role of heritage tourism in the economic revitalization of
communities and highlight the U.S. contribution to help save an historic
18th century merchant's wooden house in Uglich through the Ambassador's
Fund for Cultural Preservation. Site visits were made to Ryazan,
Rozhdestveno, and Uglich. A digital video conference was arranged
with the U.S. Consulates in Vladivostok and Yekaterinburg and a meeting
was held with Duma officials in the Kremlin as well as with the Russian
Minister of Culture. Presentations and discussions on these
subjects were also given in Ryazan, at Moscow University and in St.
For more information, contact Stephanie Toothman, at
Sister Parks Staff
Exchange at Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon National Park's sister park, China's Yuntaishan National
Park, sent two staff to the park in April and May to learn more about
U.S. national park interpretation. They participated in the 2008
South Rim seasonal interpretive training session, after which they
shadowed employees in each operational division (law enforcement,
resources, etc.), gaining an overview of how a park operates and learning
the importance of each division to achieving the park's goals and
fulfilling the NPS mission.
Joining the two interpreter/educators for the first week of the training
was Wei Dongying, doctoral candidate in Interpretation at both Beijing
Normal University and The University of Missouri, who was instrumental in
establishing the sister park relationship between the two parks.
This employee exchange is the first in the sister park action plan drawn
up by the two parks.
For more information, contact Jacob Fillion, at
Celebrates Asian-Pacific Heritage Month
Statue of Liberty National Monument celebrated Asian-Pacific Heritage
Month in late May with a combination of education and performance
activities. Both sites of the Park including Liberty Island and
Ellis Island hosted wayside displays that tied into the cultural
celebration, as well as performances by the Wind-Sough Chinese Classical
Chamber Group, traditional Chinese, Thai and Malaysian dance, and two
taiko drum groups, Taiko Aiko Kai and Manhattan Taiko.
This is the second year this celebration has been held, with performances
helping to educate the public and reach out to the local
communities. The Statue of Liberty National Monument celebrates all
National Heritage Months throughout the year.
For more information, contact Phyllis Green, at
Announcement for 2009
George Wright Society Biennial
Every two years, the George Wright Society (GWS) organizes
Rethinking Protected Areas in a Changing World, a premier
interdisciplinary professional meeting on parks, protected areas, and
cultural sites. The GWS encourages dialogue and information exchange
among all the people needed for protected area conservation, in all
fields of cultural and natural resources. Typically, 800-900 people
The GWS conferences feature thought-provoking keynotes, wide-ranging
paper and panel presentations, focused side meetings, field trips, and
special events. The 2009 George Wright Society Biennial Conference
on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites will be held March 2-6,
2009, in Portland, Oregon. Themes for the 2009 Conference
- Thinking Like a Mountain: Effective Collaboration in the Management
of Protected Areas
- Water for Life
- "Keeping it Real:" Engaging with Youth
- Hana Lima Kokua (Many hands working together, joined in a common
A call for proposals has been issued; visit the conference website at
http://www.georgewright.org/gws2009.html for more information.
The deadline for submission of abstracts is 3 October 2008.
Proposals that correspond to the conference themes are encouraged, but
proposals on any aspect of research in the management of, and education
about, parks, protected areas, and cultural sites, are also welcome.
For more information, contact the GWS office at
email@example.com or call 1-906-487-9722.
4) Call for Australia ICOMOS
members to contribute to International Scientific Committees
The 15th General Assembly of ICOMOS, held in Xi'an China in 2005, adopted
the Eger-Xi'an Principles, one objective of which is to open up the membership
of International Scientific Committees (ISCs). The latest version of the Principles,
incorporating amendments agreed to by the Scientific Council, has just been released
for discussion at the 16th ICOMOS General Assembly in Quebec later this year (refer
to item attached to this newsletter).
Within the global structures of ICOMOS, the ISCs are expected to be at
the heart of scientific inquiry and exchange in their domains. They
therefore complement the roles of ICOMOS National Committees. To perform
their role adequately, the ISCs need to contain expert members that span
the breadth of their subject, and to be geographically and culturally
Australia ICOMOS is already well represented on several ISCs. However,
there are currently a number of ISCs with no Australian members, and
other ISCs that are seeking new members. Until the changes made by the
Eger-Xi'an Principles, the ability of Australia ICOMOS members to
participate in the ISCs was relatively limited. Australia ICOMOS has
therefore welcomed the reforms and is now keen to encourage all its Full
International Members to join an ISC in which they have a particular
interest. At present there is no funding to assist members to travel to
ISC meetings, although the Executive Committee is looking into the
possibility of providing some modest assistance for this purpose.
Although the Eger-Xi'an Principles allow prospective ISC members to
nominate themselves or to be invited to join directly by an ISC, the
Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee has reaffirmed its preference to
continue the process of nominating candidates for membership of ISCs. The
Executive Committee feels that this process assists both the ISC and the
candidate by providing an independent opinion on the standing and credit
of nominees in the field of the ISC within their own country.
Australia ICOMOS is therefore calling for expressions of
interest from Full International Members to be considered for
nomination to an ISC. Expressions of interest should be sent to the
Secretariat, and include a resume with particular reference to your
credentials in the specific field of the ISC for which you seek
nomination, and a statement on why you wish to be involved, and whether
you seek to be nominated as an Expert or Associate member. Please note
that the endorsement of your nomination by Australia ICOMOS is no
guarantee of your acceptance by the relevant ISC, and that the timing of
the consideration of your membership will vary from committee to
committee, according to their own rules.
Please send your expression of interest to the Secretariat no later
than Monday 11 August 2008 (email to
so that it can be reviewed in time for the Executive Committee to
consider the nomination at its meeting in Darwin on 30-31 August. We are
anxious to forward nominations to ISC Chairs in time for the ISC meetings
to be held on Monday 29 September in Quebec, prior to the opening of the
ICOMOS General Assembly.
The ISCs which currently have no Australian members are:
- Earthen Architectural Heritage (ISCEAH)
- International Committee for Analysis and
Restoration of Structures and Architectural Heritage
- International Committee on Conservation /
Restoration of Heritage Objects in Monuments and Sites (ISCCR)
- International Committee on Economics of
- International Committee on Wall Painting
- International Training Committee (CIF)
The remaining ISCs, all of which should be opening their membership to
additional Australian members that meet the criteria established by each
- International Committee on Intangible Cultural
- International Committee on Underwater Cultural
- International Committee on 20th Century
- IFLA-ICOMOS Committee on Historic Gardens &
- CIPA - Heritage Documentation
- International Committee on Interpretation &
Presentation of Cultural Heritage Sites (ICIP)
- International Committee on Archaeological
Heritage Management (ICAHM)
- International Committee for Vernacular
- International Wood Committee
- International Committee on Historic Towns and
- International Committee on Cultural Routes
- International Cultural Tourism Committee
- International Polar Heritage Committee
- International Committee on Stone
- International Committee on Fortifications &
Military Heritage (ICOFORT)
- International Rock Art Committee
- International Committee on Shared Built
- International Committee on Risk Preparedness
- International Committee on the Theory &
Philosophy of Conservation & Restoration
- International Stained Glass Committee
- International Committee on Legal,
Administrative and Financial Issues (ICLAFI)
Further information is available from the ISC web sites (through the
ICOMOS International web site
www.icomos.org) or the Australia
ICOMOS ISC Coordinator, Sue Jackson-Stepowski
4) Department of the Environment,
Water, Heritage and the Arts: Media Release - Funding Boost Helps Protect
Heritage Minister Peter Garrett today said the National Trust of Victoria
would use $500,000 in Federal funding as a first step towards stabilising
the HMVS Cerberus shipwreck.
The Minister announced the funding during a visit to the wreck, which
sits as a breakwater a few hundred metres off the beach at Melbourne's
Half Moon Bay, Black Rock.
"Purpose-built in 1868 for the Victorian Colonial Navy, the HMVS
Cerberus is a unique part of our naval heritage. It was included
in the National Heritage List in December 2005," Mr Garrett said.
"Named after the three-headed mythological guard dog, the Cerberus
was Victoria's and then Australia's most powerful warship. Her heavy iron
structure was the prototype for 19th century steam-powered
"After protecting Victoria from potential attacks for over 50 years, in
1924 she was declared surplus by the Navy and sold to a salvage company.
The hulk was purchased for 150 pounds by the Sandringham Council, and
scuttled at Half Moon Bay.
"In 1993 the hulk suffered a major collapse and since then has been
sinking at a rate of about 16 millimetres per year.
"The $500,000 we've provided is seed funding for a stabilisation project,
which will see the Cerberus carefully raised and then placed on an
"Work began in 2004, with a Heritage Victoria grant to remove four
18-tonne guns. The next phase involves building an overhead jacking frame
and the underwater supporting platform.
"This is a complex job. Minus the guns, the section of the vessel to be
lifted is a massive 1900 tonnes. The extraordinary amount of iron and the
state of the partially collapsed hull means a delicate operation will be
"I hope our funding will help advance this ambitious project, and I wish
the National Trust of Victoria the best of luck in taking it forward. My
thanks to Heritage Victoria for their work to this point.
"I'd also like to acknowledge the Friends of the Cerberus and
others who've been raising awareness of the wreck for many years. Their
passion for protecting our heritage means future generation will be able
to share in it too."
Funding was provided by the National Heritage Investment Initiative.
Other 2007-08 projects include exterior restoration at the Royal Society
of Victoria Hall; stonework at Fort Denison, NSW; stonework at Mitchell
Library, State Library of NSW; and conservation work at Fremantle Museum
& Arts Centre, WA.
More information about the Cerberus is available at
5) Numantia: Message from
US/ICOMOS has advised Australia ICOMOS that there is a growing
international concern about the visual, contextual and physical threats
posed to the archaeological site of Numantia, near the city of Soria,
Spain. In the 1880s Numantia was the first site ever to be declared
cultural heritage by the Kingdom of Spanish.
The Spanish National Committee of ICOMOS was the first to evaluate the
disastrous impact of the proposed industrial development adjacent to the
site and to effectively raise the alarm. Since then, numerous other
organizations in Spain and throughout Europe have joined in opposing the
project, whose alleged economic and social need have also been disproved,
as there is ample other land set aside in the vicinity to meet such
developments for years to come.
US/ICOMOS members and friends are encouraged to support the work of the
ICOMOS Spanish Committee by joining the Save Numantia Campaign and by
expressing their opposition to the El Cabezo project directly to the
authorities in Soria and Castilla-Leon.
For further information, visit the website:
6) Heritage Architects, Woodhead,
Adelaide & Melbourne CBD
Architects or Experienced Graduates
Melbourne and Adelaide locations
Permanent full time
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.
Reporting to the National Heritage Manager and practicing with a
well-established heritage team in collaboration with our wider team of
architects and designers, the successful candidates will be responsible
for leading 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
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
Our successful candidates will be self-starting team players who can
- More than 3 years post graduate experience
- Ability to manage projects independently and as part of a team
- Effective communication at all levels, including client liaison
- Proven experience in the delivery of heritage consultancy
- Flexibility to travel at short notice for short periods of time
- AutoCAD and Photoshop skills are desirable
These are permanent full time roles. A salary package will be agreed
commensurate with skills and experience. An immediate start is available
for the right person.
If you appreciate the positive contribution which can be made to the
built environment through the sensitive management and re-use of heritage
places, please register your interest in strict confidence to Sally-Ann
Fieldhouse via email to
(These positions are also advertised on Seek:
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