Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 374
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Friday 20 February 2009


1)  Australia ICOMOS – Canberra Talk Series

2)  Bulgarian heritage colleagues’ visit to Sydney

3)  Call for Expressions of Interest – ICOMOS World Heritage Advisers

4)  2nd UNESCO-ICCROM Asian Academy for Heritage Management Conference 2009– call for papers


Situations Vacant/Sought...

5)  Director, Core Programmes, National Trust of Australia (NSW)

6)  Architectural Historian, heritage ALLIANCE

7)  Maritime Heritage Officer, SA Department for Environment and Heritage

8)  Heritage Conservation Job Required


1) Australia ICOMOS – Canberra Talk Series




Paul Rappoport

Rappoport Heritage Consultants (NSW)


Since the publication of the Australian Government Productivity Commission Report in 2006 [Conservation of Australia's Historic Heritage Places], widespread market failure in the heritage sector in all states and territories of Australia has been identified.  Key to the problem is; how to get the community involved; how to fund and incentivise heritage; how to put forward a set of comprehensive and cogent planning policies to address the problem of maintaining, managing and conserving privately owned heritage which accounts for more than 80% of the national heritage stock.  This topic links up to the culmination of a recently completed Masters dissertation at Sydney University [Masters in Urban & Regional Planning] by the author into heritage planning issues and conundrums highlighted but not resolved by the Productivity Commission. The paper will address the topic of “increased community participation – how to get owners of heritage to love the asset they’ve got”.  The delivery will be cast from a planning and policy perspective.


Paul Rappoport is a qualified architect and a member of Australia ICOMOS and runs a heritage consultancy firm in Sydney NSW.


Members and the public are welcome.  Refreshments will be available.


This is part of a series of talks organised in Canberra by Australia ICOMOS.


Time & Date:  5.00-6.30 pm, Thursday 26 February 2009 – the talk will actually start at 5.30.


Venue:  Barton Room (NOTE ROOM CHANGE – usually Menzies Room), National Archives of Australia, East Block, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes (enter from Kings Avenue side).


RSVP:  To Duncan Marshall at


2) Bulgarian heritage colleagues’ visit to Sydney


Donika Georgieva, Secretary General of the Bulgarian National Committee of ICOMOS, and PhD architecture student, Miroslav Velkov, were briefly in Sydney this week.  Many expressed interest in meeting our visitors but the timing was inopportune for members with other commitments or ability to travel into the city at short notice.


Exchange of views and opinions included cultural routes in Australia’s urban places, Australia ICOMOS ‘Corrugations’ conference, George Street and Sydney Cove’s evolving maritime and shipping routes history, as well as various international comparisons.  Sarah-Jane Brazil detailed issues arising with railway routes and managing an historic yet dispersed collection of built and moveable ‘places’; Derek Hallam outlined how the Sydney University precinct as an ‘urban place’ contains its own distinctive and historic routes.  Also present were immediate past President, Peter Phillips, and Secretary, Sue Jackson-Stepowski.  Sue outlined our multi-faceted ‘shared built heritage’ since white settlement, and how our geography affects settlement patterns and routes throughout Australia.  The venue was the historic Custom’s House at Circular Quay where Peter, as conservation architect for the project, gave an overview of its adaptive reuse.  Thanks to Derek for being the ‘anchor person’ for this gathering, and for members’ emailed ideas which were passed onto our visitors.


Sue Jackson-Stepowski

Event Co-ordinator


3) Call for Expressions of Interest – ICOMOS World Heritage Advisers


Dear Members of ICOMOS,


ICOMOS is seeking Expressions of Interest from its members worldwide in order to expand and diversify its small international team of World Heritage Advisers.


World Heritage Advisers assist the ICOMOS International Secretariat, the ICOMOS World Heritage Working Group, the ICOMOS World Heritage Panel and the ICOMOS Executive Committee in the work associated with the role of ICOMOS as an Advisory Body to the World Heritage Committee.


This work is conducted by ICOMOS through contract with UNESCO, according to strict deadlines, requiring consistency and the highest professional and scientific standards. The team of Advisers is supervised by the ICOMOS World Heritage Unit, based in the ICOMOS International Secretariat in Paris.


The tasks of Advisers vary from year to year, and not all Advisers are involved in all aspects. The range of tasks includes the following:


•    Evaluation of cultural/mixed property nominations to the World Heritage List – this includes drafting reports and making oral presentations to the ICOMOS World Heritage Panel, and possibly also to the World Heritage Committee. Draft reports are based on extensive documentation and advice from many experts, using a standardised and rigorous process.

•    Preparation of reports on the state of conservation of properties included in the World Heritage List and the List of World Heritage in Danger – this requires the synthesis of expert reports, and the development of recommendations for the World Heritage Committee, following an established format.

•    Representation of the ICOMOS World Heritage Programme at various working meetings at the invitation of States Parties, other Advisory Bodies, and/or the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

•    Participation on behalf of ICOMOS in activities organised to support the periodic reporting process.

•    Contribution to ICOMOS policy and priorities for its World Heritage Programme, as part of the World Heritage Working Group established by the ICOMOS Executive Committee.


The requirements of ICOMOS for its World Heritage Advisers include:


1.    Membership of ICOMOS: We will only consider Expressions of Interest from current individual members of ICOMOS. 

2.     Confidentiality, Conduct & Conflicts of Interest: We require all members of our team of Advisers to be fully aware of the Policy for the Implementation of the ICOMOS World Heritage Mandate, and to sign it each year of their service to ICOMOS. (

3.    Language Abilities: We require Advisers to have one of the working languages of the Convention – English & French - as their first language. We strongly prefer our Advisers to also be able to read the other language at least, and bilingual abilities are preferred. Additional abilities in other languages are also an advantage.

4.    Skills: Based on a solid foundation of heritage conservation theory & practice, ICOMOS World Heritage Advisers must possess high levels of skill in analysis, synthesis and preparation of complex written materials within a structured format. All Advisers must have excellent writing skills. Some Advisers may be required to make oral presentations as part of their work, and these Advisers need to have an exceptional ability to present succinctly, and to respond to questioning and occasional challenges with equanimity and dignity. Advisers must be able to work effectively alone or as part of a team.

5.    Working Arrangements: The working arrangements vary – for many tasks, Advisers can work via email. For some tasks, the role requires travel, including attendance at the meetings of the ICOMOS World Heritage Panel and/or ICOMOS World Heritage Working Group. A small sub-set of our team is asked to make presentations for ICOMOS to the annual meeting of the World Heritage Committee.

6.    Availability & Timeliness: Without exception, we require all World Heritage Advisers to work according to extremely strict deadlines. Availability to quickly respond during some peak periods in the year, which depend on the tasks performed, is essential.

7.    Knowledge of the World Heritage Convention & its Operational Guidelines: These are essential for the Advisers to understand the context of the work of ICOMOS, and to appropriately use the terms and concepts involved in our work.


ICOMOS is extremely careful to avoid perceptions of conflict of interest. The implications of the Policy for the Implementation of the ICOMOS World Heritage Mandate for Advisers include the following:


•    Advisers cannot work on materials related to their own country, or on properties anywhere else that are directly associated with their own professional activities and involvement.

•    Individuals who currently form part of their country’s delegation to the World Heritage Committee will not be considered for work in that year.

•    World Heritage Advisers are generally not allowed to conduct World Heritage field missions for ICOMOS. The selection of experts for field missions (for nominations and reactive monitoring) is handled through a different process.


Although the arrangements vary, it is common for ICOMOS World Heritage Advisers to be paid through an annual contract, based on the nature and quantity of the work.


ICOMOS warmly welcomes Expressions of Interest from all interested members who have the qualifications and abilities to join its team of World Heritage Advisers.


To submit your Expression of Interest, please send an email to:, indicating in the subject ‘ICOMOS WH Advisers’, and providing the following information:


•    a summary curriculum vitae outlining your professional expertise;

•    a covering letter addressing how the requirements in this notice are met.


All materials must be submitted in English or French, and if possible, we prefer applications of 5 pages or less.


At this stage, ICOMOS has not determined the final composition and size of its team of World Heritage Advisers for 2010. In order to finalise this in time for the next cycle of work, we require Expressions of Interest to be submitted by 5 March 2009.


Please note that all short-listed candidates will be requested to participate in a brief test of their analytical and written communication skills.


ICOMOS International Secretariat

Paris, February 2009


4) 2nd UNESCO-ICCROM Asian Academy for Heritage Management Conference 2009– call for papers


2nd UNESCO-ICCROM Asian Academy for Heritage Management Conference

Urban Heritage and Tourism: Challenges and Opportunities

1-3 December 2009

Heritage Studies Centre, Institute For Tourism Studies, Macao


The gardens in Suzhou, the temples of Kyoto, the mystical streets of Varanasi and the cobbled walkways of Macao are examples of historic urban areas that have long captivated and charmed travellers. Although the benefits, impacts, implications and consequences of tourism on cultural heritage have been much discussed, there are both persistent and emerging gaps in our knowledge of particular issues involved in achieving meaningful and sustainable approaches to heritage tourism in historic urban areas. Hosted in Macao, a historic city currently experiencing intense urban development, this conference will explore these challenges as well as opportunities for tourism in historic urban areas. The conference will examine the relationship between the conservation and management of urban heritage and the development of cultural tourism. To better understand this relationship, we welcome contributions that:


•    Analyse how conservation and tourism management relate to community development,

•    Suggest how to revise the existing frameworks, theories and methodologies related to conserving and managing urban heritage, and

•    Offer methods to develop new perspectives and approaches related to cultural tourism.


For further information about the conference, please see the flyer attached to this email or visit


5) Director, Core Programmes, National Trust of Australia (NSW)


The National Trust of Australia is the nation’s largest community based conservation organisation. Its mission is to protect and conserve our natural, built and cultural heritage today and for future generations, while remaining an independent, non-government community advocate.


With significant reform ahead, The National Trust of Australia (New South Wales) has created a new opportunity. The Director, Core Programmes will be responsible for the delivery of strategic programmes covering Advocacy, Conservation, Education and Exhibitions. The Director will ensure that programmes are developed and successfully implemented across the branches, museums and galleries of “The Trust” and have bottom line accountability for these areas. The role will focus on lobbying, promoting and raising awareness of our built, cultural and natural heritage; maintaining, preserving and advising on conservation; educating others via programmes to inspire an understanding of Australia’s rich heritage; and developing gallery and museum exhibitions.


High involvement, communication and consultation with staff, directors and volunteer committees will be a critical aspect to the success of this role. A high profile in the heritage conservation world and experience in taking the lead on relevant media related issues is essential. You will be experienced in strategic planning, risk management and managing a large and diverse portfolio. The role is suited to an incisive, financially focussed and customer driven individual who thrives on a challenge.


This role offers a great opportunity to participate in the way forward for The National Trust of Australia (New South Wales).


To pursue this opportunity in strict confidence, email your covering letter and resume to:


Protecting Australia's heritage through advocacy, conservation & education


6) Architectural Historian, heritage ALLIANCE


heritage ALLIANCE is seeking an architectural historian for its office in North Melbourne.  hA has been carrying out a variety of jobs including area studies, planning panel representation, heritage advice to councils, conservation plans and conservation works programming to heritage places of local state and national significance.


The person we are seeking would preferably have a good architectural vocabulary, some drawing skills, have an understanding of planning schemes and be prepared to appear at planning tribunals.  These latter skills could form on going on the job training.

The office is close to institutions such as the Public Records, Melbourne University and the State Library (and importantly Victoria Markets).


Enquiries in the first instance should be to David Wixted, principal architect, heritage ALLIANCE on (03) 9328 5133.


7) Maritime Heritage Officer, SA Department for Environment and Heritage



(CONTRACT APPOINTMENT UP TO 28/02/2014) ($46,566 – $59,871)

Vacancy No. C945/2009


Are you an archaeologist with an interest in being part of a vibrant, energetic team to manage historic shipwreck and other archaeological sites in South Australia? The Maritime Heritage Officer, Maritime Heritage Team will play a key role in: Archaeological site management work including archaeological diving and site documentation; Contributing to: Historical research and documentation of maritime sites and places; Reviewing and evaluating procedures and methodologies related to professional practice in relation to archaeological heritage in South Australia; Preparation of operational plans for regional maritime surveys and field work and compilation of scientific and other reports.


Essential Minimum Qualifications: A degree in Archaeology with a Maritime major is essential, however a post graduate qualification in Maritime Archaeology, Cultural Heritage Management and/or Conservation is considered highly desirable. Current diving certification and occupational diving medical certification.


Department: Environment and Heritage


Further Information:


Enquiries to: Shoana McManus, Art of Staff, telephone 8267 1880, email


Applications to: Recruitment and Selection Team, HR Services, Department for Environment and Heritage, GPO Box 1047, Adelaide SA 5001, tel: (08) 8204 1898 , email


Note: Applicants should include a statement of how they meet the essential requirements listed in the Job and Person Specification, include your Curriculum Vitae and the names and contact details of 3 referees in your application. Please post an original and 4 copies of your application or send via email. The Job and Person Specification is available at Please quote vacancy number C945/2009 and state where you saw the vacancy advertised when applying. NO FOLDERS PLEASE.


Closing Date: 27 Feb 2009.


8) Heritage Conservation Job Required


Bournemouth University Heritage Conservation graduate seeks work, willing to work in any location, Currently at Arundel Castle West Sussex UK. Speciality is Building Conservation and Landscape Management.


For more information please contact Roddy Weaver by email

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