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Friday 7 August 2009



1)  Reminder – IMPORTANT notice re: staffing of Australia ICOMOS Secretariat

2)  World Heritage and Buffer Zones – Professional Update Session, 18 August

3)  Australia ICOMOS – Seeking: Working Group or Subcommittee Members

4)  Australia ICOMOS Member Feedback – Client Consultant Engagement Agreements

5)  University of Canberra – Heritage Conservation Summer Schools

6)  Professional Development Program – International Heritage Protection, 25 – 29 Aug

7)  Links to recent DEWHA media releases

8)  Heritage Tasmania News Bulletin July 2009

9)  News from ICCROM

10) News from the ICOMOS Documentation Centre

11) Nominations – Australian Archaeological Association Awards 2009


Situations Vacant

12) Heritage Officer – Woollahra Council, NSW

13) Heritage Projects Coordinator – Rappoport Heritage Consultants, NSW


1) Reminder – IMPORTANT notice re: staffing of Australia ICOMOS Secretariat


The Australia ICOMOS Secretariat will be staffed at a reduced level until Wed 12 August.


Thank you to all Australia ICOMOS members who have renewed their membership thus far – it is much appreciated. Please note that membership renewals will not be processed during the above time period.


The E-news will still be published. Please ensure all submissions for the E-news are submitted by 12 noon Thursdays.


Though the Secretariat will be staffed intermittently, responses to queries, orders, etc may take longer than usual. Australia ICOMOS appreciates your patience during this time.


2) World Heritage and Buffer Zones – Professional Update Session, 18 August


Professional update session on World Heritage paper 25, and issues for buffer zones in the Australia and the Asia – Pacific Region


This Professional Update session is the first of a series of professional development programs offered by the Institute for Professional Practice in Heritage and the Arts, Australian National University.


Professional updates will focus on current practice and issues in specific areas of professional expertise or professional practice in heritage and the Arts. This session on heritage and buffer zones is directed at cultural heritage site managers and professionals working on World Heritage issues in government and private practice, practitioners who intend to work in this area in the future and seek to be better informed, and academics and students at tertiary institutions offering heritage programs.


The UNESCO World Heritage Centre has just released a discussion paper on World Heritage and buffer zones (World Heritage paper 25).  Buffer zones are an important tool for the conservation of properties inscribed on the World Heritage List.  Under the World Heritage Operational Guidelines, the protection of the ‘surroundings’ or ‘immediate setting’ of properties is considered an essential component of the conservation strategy, both for cultural and natural heritage.


This workshop will critically examine the concept of buffer zones as applied to World Heritage conservation and how it has evolved.  It will provide opportunities for discussion of current examples of the use of buffer zones and key issues that have emerged. The discussion will be informed by a range of intriguing and challenging case studies from Australasia and the Asia-Pacific presented by leading heritage practitioners.  Participants will receive a copy of the World Heritage paper 25 report at the session.


Cost: $95.00 (Student rate $45.00)


For further details please contact:

Contact: Dr Sandy Blair

Telephone: 612 55887

Mobile: 0419447372

Email: sandy.blair@anu.edu.au or


Buffer Zones Agenda    Buffer Zones Enrollment Form


3) Australia ICOMOS – Seeking: Working Group or Subcommittee Members


Are you interested in joining an Australia ICOMOS Working Group or Subcommittee?


Australia ICOMOS has a number of working groups and subcommittees which focus on areas of interest to Australia ICOMOS. These committees and subcommittees are currently under review as the issues that gave rise to the need for some are no longer relevant and others are in need of renewed energy and commitment. Some of these act as ‘Reference Groups’ - i.e they are made up of people with expertise in a particular area who can be called on to assist and provide advice if a relevant issue arises in the works of the Executive Committee.


If you have particular expertise in the following areas we are interested in hearing from you:

•           Pacific Heritage;

•           World Heritage Reference Group; and

•           Indigenous Heritage Working Group


Some are standing committees that work with the Executive on a more regular basis.  These include:

•           the Advocacy Working Group; and

•           the IBC Marketing Group


We are also considering establishing two new working parties arising from resolutions of the 2007 Extreme Heritage Conference.  These working groups would meet regularly to try and progress key Australia ICOMOS work in the following areas:

•           Climate Change and Cultural Heritage and

•           Heritage of Space Exploration.


If you are interested in getting involved in any of these groups please send a brief Expression of Interest of no more than 500 words including your name and contact details and an outline of your experience, qualifications and interest in the topic.


Please clearly indicate at the top of your EOI the Working Group you are interested in.  A small selection committee led by Duncan Marshall in the case of the Advocacy Working Group and Jane Harrington for the World Heritage Reference Group will review the EOI’s.  The panel reviewing the other groups is currently being determined. Once populated the Working Groups and committees will be listed on the Australia ICOMOS website and the membership will stand for a maximum of 3 years after which time they will again be reviewed and if continued will be open to another call for Expressions of Interest from members.


EOIs should be sent to georgia.meros@deakin.edu.au by no later than 5pm 30 August.


4) Australia ICOMOS Member Feedback – Client Consultant Engagement Agreements


Call for Australia ICOMOS Member feedback regarding client consultant engagement agreements.


The Australia ICOMOS National Executive is looking into the development of a standard consultancy agreement and engagement conditions for use by members. The agreement will be designed to cater for the specific type of projects that the membership undertakes.


As part of the process, the Executive is looking for feedback from members on relevant issues relating to conditions of engagement.  Assignment of copyright for example, has already been identified as one issue that will be addressed.


For further information please contact Anthony Coupe - anthony.coupe@mulloway.com


5) University of Canberra – Heritage Conservation Summer Schools


The University of Canberra is pleased to announce that Australia’s leading heritage conservation professional development programme is now approaching its twentieth year. The programme is based on two intensive summer schools:


         The Conservation of Traditional Buildings (12 days)

         Cultural Heritage Management (7 days).


The schools are held in January each year with the topics alternating. Next year will be Cultural Heritage Management (17–23 January 2010), and The Conservation of Traditional Buildings will be in January 2011.


For details see: http://www.canberra.edu.au/faculties/arts-design/conservation-summer-schools


For all enquiries about these summer schools please contact:

David Young

Donald Horne Institute for Cultural Heritage

University of Canberra ACT 2601


Email: David.Young@canberra.edu.au


6) Professional Development Program - International Heritage Protection, 25 – 29 Aug


International Heritage Protection - Professional Development Program by

Prof Lyndel Prott & Prof Patrick O'Keefe, AM


Five Day Professional Development Program - Tuesday 25 to Saturday 29 August 2009


Prof Prott, an eminent barrister and former Director of the Division of Cultural Heritage, UNESCO, Paris, is a distinguished Professor teaching and supervising PhD students in the Museum Studies Program at the University of Queensland. Prof O’Keefe, is a Member of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies, London, Founding Chairman of the Heritage Law Committee of the International Law Association, a post he held the post for 12 years, and now a distinguished Professor teaching and supervising PhD students in the Museum Studies Program at the University of Queensland.


This Professional Development Program is available as a Five Day Intensive for people from all professional back grounds, especially international humanitarian law, Human Rights Commissions, Environmental and Heritage Agencies, Museums, Galleries, Libraries and Archives. This course is designed to give participants an introduction to international laws concerning heritage in its various forms, giving them a solid grounding in the obligations concerning heritage established by major international legal instruments such as the UNESCO Conventions, Recommendations and Declarations. Participants need have no prior knowledge of law or of the international legal system.  It is an ideal program for people aspiring to join the UN or UNESCO.


The course also provides participants with knowledge of international rules which affect exchanges, exhibitions, recovery of stolen cultural objects, protection of antiquities, and acquisition and exhibition policies.  Lack of knowledge of this body of legal obligations and the relevant ethical codes could lead to potential losses to museums and breaches of international legal obligations for which a country may be liable. Cultural rights are addressed as an integral part of Human Rights. All the course modules are illustrated with international case studies, including several from the Asia Pacific Region, through the first hand legal knowledge of the course faculty.


Participants will study the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict 1954 and its two Protocols (1954, 1999), the UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property 1970, the UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects 1995, the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage 2001, UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage 2003 and the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions 2005.  More briefly there will be consideration of the UNESCO Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage 1972, the 11 UNESCO heritage Recommendations and the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity 2001. The adoption and implementation of these instruments both in Australia and other countries will be studied as well as their implications for Australian heritage and other cultural workers.


Participants will also become acquainted with the international support mechanisms and networks and will investigate, as part of their course, Australia's or their country's participation (or failure to participate) in the implementation of this instruments through their national legislation and administration.


For further details please visit



Or contact: Professor Amareswar Galla

Museum Studies, The University of Queensland

Email: museum@uq.edu



7) Links to recent DEWHA media releases


Climate change risk to world heritage http://www.environment.gov.au/minister/garrett/2009/mr20090802.html


Seeking comments on Indigenous heritage law http://www.environment.gov.au/minister/garrett/2009/mr20090803.html


New TV and new additions for Australia's national treasures



8) Heritage Tasmania News Bulletin July 2009


Heritage Tasmania, in conjunction with the Tasmanian Heritage Council, produces a monthly bulletin service to help publicise activities and events across the heritage sector, and to increase opportunities for the exchange of heritage information and ideas with heritage practitioners, the community and other interested parties.


To see the July 2009 issue, please visit http://www.heritage.tas.gov.au/media/pdf/July%202009.pdf


9) News from ICCROM


To view the August 2009 news from ICCROM, visit http://www.iccrom.org/index.shtml


10) News from the ICOMOS Documentation Centre


UNESCO ICOMOS Documentation Centre - Online documents, publications, journals, newsletter on cultural heritage.


To view the August issues, visit http://icomosdocumentationcentre.blogspot.com/


11) Nominations for Australian Archaeological Association Awards


Nominations are called for the four Australian Archaeological Association Awards:



The Rhys Jones Medal is the highest award offered by the Australian Archaeological Association Inc. It was established in honour of Rhys Jones (1941-2001) to mark his enormous contribution to the development and promotion of archaeology in Australia. The Medal is presented annually to an individual who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to the field. Established in 2002, previous winners include Isabel McBryde (2003), John Mulvaney (2004), Sharon Sullivan (2005), Mike Smith (2006) and Jeremy Green (2007). Nominations should consist of a one page statement outlining the nominee's archaeological career and how this work has benefited Australian archaeology, as well as a full list of the nominee’s publications. Note that nominees do not need to be members of the Association; be an Australian citizen; or work exclusively in Australia or on Australian material.




The Award was established in honour of John Mulvaney and his contribution and commitment to Australian archaeology over a lifetime of professional service. It was created to acknowledge the significant contribution of individual or co-authored publications to Australian archaeology, either as general knowledge or as specialist publications. Nominations are considered annually for books that cover both academic pursuits and public interest reflecting the philosophy of John Mulvaney's life work. Established in 2004, previous winners include Val Attenbrow for "Sydney's Aboriginal Past" (2004), Rodney Harrison for "Shared Landscapes: Archaeologies of Attachment and the Pastoral Industry in New South Wales" (2006), Mike Morwood & Penny Van Oosterzee for “The Discovery of the Hobbit: The Scientific Breakthrough that changed the Face of Human History” (2007), and Peter Hiscock for ‘The Archaeology of Ancient Australia’ (2008). Nominations must be for books written by one or more authors, but not for edited books, published in the last three calendar years (i.e. 2007, 2008 or 2009). The nomination must be accompanied by at least two published book reviews. A short citation (no more than one page) on why the book should be considered must also be included.




This Award celebrates Bruce Veitch's important contribution to the practice and ethics of archaeology in Australia. In particular, the award honours Bruce's close collaboration with traditional owners on whose country he worked. It is awarded annually to any individual or group who has undertaken an archaeological or cultural heritage project which has produced a significant outcome for Indigenous interests. Established in 2005, previous winners include Richard Fullagar (2006), Bruno David (2007) and Annie Ross (2008). Nominees will have actively engaged with Indigenous communities to produce a successful outcome. The nature of nominations is flexible (e.g. video tape, audio tape, poster etc), considering the wide range of Indigenous collaborations and the remoteness of some communities.




This award was established to recognise significant and sustained contribution to the objects and purposes of the Australian Archaeological Association Inc. Previous winners include John Mulvaney, Jack Golson, Betty Meehan (2002), Val Attenbrow (2002), J. Peter White (2003), Luke Kirkwood (2004), Isabel McBryde (2005), Ian Johnson (2006), Colin Pardoe (2007) and Sean Ulm (2008). Nominations should consist of a one page statement outlining the nominee's contributions to the Australian Archaeological Association Inc. Note that nominees must be members of the Association.



Nominations for all Awards will be considered by the Executive of the Australian Archaeological Association Inc. with advice as appropriate from senior members of the discipline. The decision of the Executive is final and no correspondence will be entered into.


Nominations should be addressed to the President at:

Email: president@australianarchaeology.com, or

Fax: +61 (3) 9905 2948

and sent to arrive no later than 12 SEPTEMBER 2009


The current President of AAA is Dr Ian McNiven

School of Geography & Environmental Science

Building 11, Monash University

Clayton Victoria 3800

Telephone +61 (3) 9905 8465


Recipients of all awards will be announced at the

Australian Archaeological Association Inc. Annual Conference

at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia, Friday 11-14 December 2009.


Closing Date: 12 September 2009


12) Heritage Officer – Woollahra Council, NSW


Part Time 21 hours per week, Position No: PSHT


Woollahra has a rich and diverse history and natural setting that is represented in Victorian, Federation and inter-war buildings, precincts, settings and streetscapes. Council is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced person to join its heritage team in caring for this environmental heritage which has a local, regional and, in many instances, a nationally recognised level of heritage significance.


Position primary roles include: to provide advice on heritage-related development applications and heritage matters in general and to promote heritage conservation. Assistance with the preparation of heritage conservation policy from time to time also forms part of the job.


Essential selection criteria

    A tertiary qualification in architecture or an associated discipline and demonstrated skills in design.

    Demonstrated practical experience and knowledge of heritage conservation best practice.

    A thorough working knowledge of NSW heritage legislation and NSW Heritage Branch guidelines.

    Demonstrated experience in assessing heritage significance and in heritage impact assessments.

    Demonstrated problem solving and negotiation skills.

    Excellent written and oral communication skills.

    Well developed skills in the use of PC software including Word and Excel.

    Demonstrated commitment to the provision of quality customer service.

    A Class C driver’s licence.


Desirable selection criteria

    A tertiary qualification in heritage conservation or town planning

    Experience with appeals in the Land and Environment Court

    Mediation and facilitation skills and experience.


Salary and benefits

  Salary from $64,282.42 to $75,328.26 pa pro rata + Super

  Part time hours, 7 hours per day, 3 days a week

  Modern harbourside offices with beach and garden surrounds!


How to apply

     To be considered you must demonstrate how you meet each selection criteria

       outlined above.

   For further information, please refer to our ‘How to Apply for a job’ brochure via our website www.woollahra.nsw.gov.aup>

   Forward your application via e-mail to  jobs@woollahra.nsw.gov.au, or post to the address outlined below.

     For further information contact Chris Bluett, Manager – Strategic Planning on

       02 9391-7083 during business hours.


CLOSING DATE: Wednesday, 12 August 2009



Manager Human Resources

Woollahra Council Chambers

536 New South Head Rd

Double Bay  NSW  2028



13) Heritage Projects Coordinator – Rappoport Heritage Consultants


Rappoport Heritage Consultants seeks the assistance of an experienced heritage practitioner to work in busy Sydney metropolitan firm.


Applicants will need to have the following expertise:

  historical research capability

  proven track record of writing CMPs and SOHIs

  an ability to coordinate and manage all heritage reports, including liaison with clients, councils and sub-consultants

  strong English writing and word processing skills

  ability to work autonomously.


Appropriate tertiary qualifications are essential.


An attractive salary package commensurate with experience will be offered. 


Please apply by email to heritage@rappoport.com.au with your CV –

Attention - Sue Rosenberg

Business Development Manager

Rappoport Pty Ltd

45 Hardie Street

Mascot  NSW  2020


PH: (02) 9693 1788

Fax: (02) 9317 5711

Email: heritage@rappoport.com.au

Web: www.rappoport.com.au


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