Australian Heritage Council
Australians asked to help develop a national heritage strategy
19 April 2012
The Australian Heritage Council has welcomed an invitation by the Australian Government for public input to help develop a new strategy for Australia’s heritage.
Chair of the Australian Heritage Council, Professor Carmen Lawrence, said members of the Council are very supportive of the forthcoming Australian Heritage Strategy, and hoped the public would take the opportunity to provide ideas and actions through this consultation process.
“Public consultation is a critical step in the development of the Australian Heritage Strategy. We really want to hear how we can better identify, manage and celebrate our heritage.
“The Australian Heritage Strategy will identify priorities and inform heritage policies and programs at all levels of government for the next 10 years and cover natural, Indigenous and historic heritage across the country.
“What we are asking people to do is articulate their vision for our heritage. We want people to tell us how they think Australia’s heritage should be looked after and celebrated,” Professor Lawrence said.
The strategy is being prepared by the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities in consultation with state and territory governments, key stakeholder groups and has the support of the Heritage Chairs and Officials of Australia and New Zealand. The Council is providing expert advice to the department in developing the strategy.
“The Council recently held two very productive workshops with heritage experts from across Australia to hear their views for how we best care for our historic, Indigenous and natural heritage into the future,” Professor Lawrence said.
The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities will facilitate the public consultation process, which closes on 15 June 2012.
For further information on the Australian Heritage Strategy and details about how to make a submission go to www.environment.gov.au/heritage.
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