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Friday 13 November 2009



1)  Australia ICOMOS AGM and associated events – TODAY

2)  Studies and reports – what goes right and what goes wrong? – REMINDER!!!

3)  Burra Charter Workshop, Adelaide – change of date

4)  Heritage in Queensland 2009 – 2010: initiatives, issues, directions

5)  Community Heritage Grants program – media releases

6)  Invitation to presentation on conservation in Amritsar, India

7)  Heritage Perth Heritage Day – reminder

8)  Summer School in Cultural Heritage Management

9)  Expressions of interest for a work experience opportunity – ‘Built / Archaeological ’, NSW

10) Member of ICOMOS Iran seeks professional opportunities

Situations Vacant

11) Project Specialist, GCI Field Projects Department (LA, California)

12) Senior Policy Officer, Veterans Heritage, Department of Planning and Community Development


1) Australia ICOMOS AGM and associated events – TODAY




1.  The ICOMOS Annual General Meeting is being held at St Johns Church, 397 Halifax Street, Adelaide at 5pm, Friday 13 November


2.  ICOMOS WORLD HERITAGE EVENT - Friday 13 November 6pm at St Johns Church Hall, 397 Halifax Street, Adelaide


To coincide with the visit to Adelaide by the Australia ICOMOS executive, we have arranged an event on Friday 13 November at 6pm at St Johns Church Hall, 379 Halifax Street, Adelaide (near the eastern parklands). Kristal Buckley, from Melbourne, is one of five International Vice Presidents to ICOMOS (yes Australia has one of only five such positions!!). She will be speaking about her role as a Vice President, explaining in broad terms what ICOMOS does on the International Conservation scene, the process of World Heritage listing and what it means. She will have lots of interesting pictures to share with the audience.


Kristal’s talk will be followed by a talk by Jane Harrington, a member of the Australia ICOMOS Executive and the World Heritage Reference Group Co-Ordinator. Jane is also responsible for conservation at the Port Arthur and Coal Mines Historic Sites, two of the eleven sites in the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Nomination. She will briefly discuss Australian built entries in the World Heritage List (the Opera House and the Melbourne Exhibition Building), and talk about the challenges and highlights of the current convict nomination. This may provide some interesting insights for South Australian members interested in the potential for the South Australian Copper mining sites to be added in the future to the already listed Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape. This will be an informal evening with opportunities for questions and lively discussion. Drinks will follow in the garden of St Johns Church.


This event has been kindly sponsored by the South Australian State Heritage Branch.


Note – ICOMOS stands for International Council on Monuments and Sites




A dinner is being held after the ICOMOS AGM and World Heritage event for ICOMOS members and others who are interested, at Alfonsos Café, corner of Hutt and Halifax Street. The ICOMOS Executive will also be in attendance. Restaurant is happy for individual accounts, ie pay as you purchase your meal, which is ideal for a varied group and eliminates an expensive fixed price meal. Gluten free and vegetarians catered for.


2) Studies and reports – what goes right and what goes wrong? – REMINDER!!!


Procedures for undertaking studies and reports is the Burra Charter Guideline designed to help us through these sometimes difficult waters!


If you are a heritage consultant or adviser we want to know if this Guideline works for you – and if not, what changes are needed?


Please contribute through this on-line survey: deadline is Monday 16 November.


Click this link to the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=PiCxaaBDYcbJ20niJifqZQ_3d_3d. It will take about 5-8 minutes.


A copy of the Guidelines can be found at http://www.icomos.org/australia/ – look under Publications and Charters.


If you represent a heritage agency or client and would like to contribute, please email us directly and we will invite to you contribute via a separate process. And any other queries to either Chris Johnston (chris.johnston@contextpl.com.au) or David Young (david.young@netspeed.com.au).


3) Burra Charter Workshop, Adelaide – change of date


The date for the Burra Charter workshop in Adelaide has been changed – from November 12 to December 1, 2009.


As part of the Burra Charter development programme, Australia ICOMOS is running a series of workshops (hopefully at least one in each State and Territory) in order to engage directly with members about the range of tasks related to the Charter, the current guidelines and possible future guidelines. For example, these workshops will supplement information gathered through the electronic surveys and other research on the use and currency of the guidelines.


The workshop will be held at Mulloway Studio, Level 1, 16 Peel Street, Adelaide, commencing 5.30pm.


Please RSVP to Anthony Coupe (anthony.coupe@mulloway.com /(08) 8231 3131) by COB Friday 27 November.


4) Heritage in Queensland 2009 – 2010: initiatives, issues, directions


Australia ICOMOS in Queensland invites you to a special Forum & Social event


Date & Time: 26 November 2009, 1.15pm

Venue: Old Bishopsbourne St Francis Theological College


Please see the attached flier and registration form for further information regarding this event.


PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for registration for this event is 2pm, Friday 20 November.


5) Community Heritage Grants program – media releases


Community grants help to preserve nation's heritage



NSW awarded 20 grants to help save state's heritage



Northern Territory awarded 2 grants to help save state's heritage



Queensland awarded 11 grants to help save state's heritage



South Australia awarded 8 grants to help save states heritage



Tasmania awarded 7 grants to help save state's heritage



Victoria awarded 21 grants to help save state's heritage



Western Australia awarded 6 grants to help save state's heritage



6) Invitation to presentation on conservation in Amritsar, India


Australia ICOMOS members are invited to attend a presentation on the conservation of built heritage in Amritsar, Punjab.


Balvinder Singh, an Associate Professor at the Guru Ramdass School of Planning in Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar, and heritage planner and conservator will speak about his experiences in conserving buildings in and around the Holy City of Amritsar. Amritsar was founded by the fourth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Ram Das, in the 16th century. It is home to Sri Harimandir Sahib, or the Golden Temple, the spiritual and cultural centre of the Sikh religion.


For the past two decades, Assoc. Prof. Singh has been involved in urban redevelopment and built heritage conservation in Amritsar and the Punjab region, as well as photographically documenting the area's vanishing landmarks. He also has a special interest in the tangible and intangible heritage of the Sikhs – a topic he will be lecturing on at the World Parliament of Religions in Melbourne.


Please join us in welcoming Assoc. Prof. Singh to Melbourne, and enjoy his richly illustrated presentation. Seating is limited, so RSVP as soon as possible!


Where: Heritage Victoria Conference Room, Level 4, 55 Collins Street, Melbourne

When: 4pm (tea), 4.30 pm (lecture), Wednesday, 2 December

Cost:  Free of charge – please note this is a members-only event

RSVP: by Thursday, 26 November

to Natica Schmeder, natica@dodo.com.au

or Megan McDougall, megan.mcdougall@dpcd.vic.gov.au


7) Heritage Perth Heritage Day – reminder


Heritage Perth is dedicated to raising awareness of Perth's social and architectural history as a major cultural and economic asset for the broader community.  As part of our on-going program of innovative heritage promotion Heritage Perth is holding a Heritage Day, on Sunday 15 November.


The program for the day includes never before seen tours of Perth buildings; His Majesty’s Theatre (built 1904), St. Georges Cathedral (consecrated in 1888) and the magnificent, but rarely accessible, Old Treasury Building.  There will also be a silent movie screening (with live piano accompaniment) at the stunning Art Deco Piccadilly Cinema, afternoon tea and guided tours of the Town Hall, a chance to wander through the recently opened Fire and Emergency Services Education and Heritage Centre to view their collection of vintage fire appliances and access to the heritage listed Young Australia League Museum with the only US Presidential Wreath located outside the USA.


For more information go to: www.heritageperth.com.


8) Summer School in Cultural Heritage Management


The tenth Summer School in Cultural Heritage Management will be held at the University of Canberra from 17–23 January 2010.


Enrolments are now open for this latest offering from Australia’s leading heritage conservation professional development programme.


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


All enquiries to: David.Young@canberra.edu.au


9) Expressions of interest for a work experience opportunity – ‘Built / Archaeological ’, NSW


A message from Derek Hallam:


The project involves the investigation / recording of a circa 1900 farm house (Rock Lily – initially an apple orchard), associated outbuildings, dams, fencing etc) which is largely intact albeit ‘run down’.  It is located in Caoura (not the Cowra one!) some 50km east of Goulburn NSW in the Shoalhaven River environment, an area with non-indigenous settlement dating back to the 1820’s.  The piece de resistance is that the daughter of the original owners (Win)was born there and , now in her 80’s, lives in the adjacent property, is very ‘with it’ and cares for herself, her dogs and her sheep.  Both she and the current owners have considerable empathy with place and are very supportive of the project.  I have been discussing with a historian a professional ‘oral history’ interview with Win which would ideally be supported by whoever assists me.


I envisage this as a long semester break opportunity to carry out the field work – say late Jan / early Feb 2010 but I am very flexible.  It would require at least a week, ideally two, with some follow up later in the year ‘from home’ rather than the field.  Whilst I cannot provide a stipend I would cover all costs including travel and publication and, having a small alpaca farm adjacent to ‘Rock Lily’ with a modern house, would provide full board.  The location would preclude daily travel but if a ‘one off’ period was unsuitable say a series of weekends could be considered.  (Value added is a stunning location with kangaroos around the house and Morton National Park on the boundary - spouse or partner to accompany would be OK).


I am also preparing a discussion paper on the conservation strategy for the gold mining sites in the Bungonia / Tallong area close by (rugged) and could incorporate involvement with this at the expense of some Rock Lily work.


To discuss please contact Derek Hallam on (02) 4841 0854


10) Member of ICOMOS Iran seeks professional opportunities


Omid Khadameh Emam Rezai is seeking to further his professional experience in Australia. He has degrees in both Civil Engineering and in Conservation of Historic Buildings & Sites.


For further information, please contact Omid directly at sadodah@yahoo.com.


11) Project Specialist, GCI Field Projects Department (LA, California)


The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), located in Los Angeles, California, and one of the operating programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust, works internationally to advance conservation practice in the visual arts—broadly interpreted to include objects, collections, architecture, and sites. The Institute serves the conservation community through scientific research, education and training, model field projects, and the dissemination of the results of both its own work and the work of others in the field. In all its endeavors, the GCI focuses on the creation and delivery of knowledge that will benefit the professionals and organizations responsible for the conservation of the world's cultural heritage.


As one of the core program areas of the GCI (with Science and Education) the Field Projects Department applies GCI research on real projects, to develop, trial, demonstrate, and build the capacity of partner organizations and its international audience. The GCI’s Field Projects Department is seeking a Project Specialist to fill a three-year, limited term position.


Responsibilities will include research and fieldwork for developing and implementing practical conservation solutions at archaeological, built and urban sites. Position works across a number of projects within Field Projects, requiring versatility, creative thinking and a sound understanding of and experience in the physical conservation of buildings and sites.



§  Graduate degree preferred in architecture, archaeology, urban planning or other relevant discipline

§  Post-graduate qualifications in cultural heritage conservation or equivalent practical conservation experience

§  Five years experience working in cultural heritage conservation, preferably in physical conservation of buildings or sites

§  Minimum of 3-7 years of project management experience


Professional Expertise

§  Architectural conservation including carrying out of documentation and assessments analysis of deterioration and identification of causes, development of conservation actions on historic buildings and preferably archaeological sites

§  Architectural design experience including structural and environmental knowledge in relation to historic sites and buildings

§  Demonstrated experience implementing physical conservation work on site and designing/implementing management policies and actions on site

§  Some experience in new development in the historic environment is an advantage

§  Experience and ability to conduct research and analysis and synthesize it into conservation programs and actions.


Other criteria

§  Excellent interpersonal and verbal skills and the ability to work in small interdisciplinary teams

§  Excellent writing skills and ability to contribute to and write reports, papers

§  Working knowledge of GIS, Photoshop, AutoCAD and InDesign preferred

§  Good organizational and time management skills needed

§  Must be available for frequent international travel

§  Foreign language, such as Arabic or French, preferred but not essential


An excellent benefits package and salary commensurate with experience will be provided. International candidates welcome. EOE


To apply, please send your curriculum vitae and cover letter to gcistaffing@getty.edu or fax to 310-440-6182 by 15 December 2009.


12) Senior Policy Officer, Veterans Heritage, Department of Planning and Community Development


Senior Policy Officer, Veterans Heritage, Department of Planning and Community Development


§  $73,104 - $88,450 plus 9% super

§  Full-time / Fixed term: 2 years


Do you have a commitment to the conservation of cultural heritage places? Can you build and maintain positive, productive and mutually beneficial working relationships with ease? Do you have an exceptional ability to prepare and present clear and concise written information? If so, this may be the role for you…


The Senior Policy Officer, Veterans Heritage will be responsible for the development and delivery of a state-wide veteran related heritage register as well as guidelines on the conservation and protection of veteran related heritage and related policy development.  This position is a newly created role in the Veterans Unit, which provides a central focus across the Victorian Government to respond to the needs of the veteran community.


To apply and access position descriptions and selection criteria visit www.careers.vic.gov.au

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