Australian Heritage Commission, 2000
- 6.1 Principal planned outcomes
- 6.2 Strategies to implement planned outcomes
- 6.3 Output — Community education
Capacity-building with communities (defined as industry, business, community groups and individuals) at a regional and national level through marketing, education and training programs and joint activities, helps the Government in its commitment to achieving heritage and environmental outcomes that are in harmony with the economic and social values of Australians.
- Increased effectiveness in communities contributing to identification, assessment and management of natural and cultural heritage places.
- Increased community awareness of heritage places and issues.
- Increased integration of natural and cultural heritage conservation into sustainable development by communities.
- Encourage public interest in and understanding of natural and cultural heritage places through strong advocacy.
- Assist communities by building capacity to address heritage issues through improved levels of information and skills development.
- Promote practical, innovative ways of conserving heritage places that benefit communities regionally and nationally.
- 6.3.1 Performance indicators
- 6.3.2 Performance report
- Community-based projects undertaken by the Commission in 1999–2000
Community education programs and the art award will be managed to a high standard and high level of satisfaction of the Commission. In order to achieve national promotion of heritage and the National Estate, the Australian Heritage Commission will:
- hold three competitions;
- produce 15 publications;
- write 50 media releases; and
- seek to achieve a field of 100 entries for the art award.
Three heritage training packages and promotions will be developed for Commonwealth heritage property owners, National Heritage Trust program facilitators and the Indigenous Heritage Officers’ network.
|3 competitions held||3||100%||Celebrating Australia's Heritage|
|15 publications produced||15||100%||-|
|50 media releases||81||162%||-|
|100 art Award entrie||420||420%||Record number of entries|
Celebrating Australia's Heritage – The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Robert Hill, and the Chairman of the Commission, Mr Peter King.
- Celebrating Australia's Heritage
- Media liaison
- Memorandum Of Understanding with the University of Canberra
- Partnerships with local government
- Promoting heritage conservation
- Mining heritage
- Migrant communities
- Joint publications with the Australian Council of National Trusts
Under the overarching topic, Celebrating Australia’s Heritage, three national competitions were held during the 1999–2000 financial year, calling for entries in writing, song or video. Entrants were asked to focus on the role of heritage in shaping Australia’s national identity. Entries were received from throughout Australia and winners were announced by the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Robert Hill at a major event at Parliament House in April.
Promotion of the National Estate occurred in local, State and national media throughout the year and some 80 media releases were produced. Key promotions focused on publicity for the Fifth National Indigenous Heritage Art Award and listings in the Register of the National Estate.
Celebrating Australian Heritage – Winners attend announcement at Parliament House.
The target of 15 publications was met and included a widely distributed wall chart promoting appreciation of the role of heritage in framing Australia’s identity and a poster highlighting heritage places on the Olympic Torch relay route. Other publications included a document outlining the benefits of heritage tourism in rural areas, Heritage Tourism: Bringing People to the Bush, as well as leaflets on heritage walks in Sydney and Internet sites on subjects such as the Paroo and Australia’s natural lands and rivers. Details of other publications are included below.
- Draft Heritage Tourism Guidelines - The Commission worked in partnership with the Tourism Council of Australia to develop a discussion paper, Draft Heritage Tourism Guidelines, to promote practical innovative ways of conserving heritage in communities at regional and national levels.
- Protecting Local Heritage Places - A revised and updated second edition of Protecting Local Heritage Places: A Guide for Communities, was produced. The updated booklet was augmented by four heritage training packages. A Protecting Heritage Places Information and Resource Kit was also developed. The kit includes promotional material, an interactive web site, CD-ROM and workshop presenters’ materials. The guide was the winner of the Victorian Royal Australian Planning Institute award for excellence in planning for 1999.
- Natural Heritage Charter presenters’ kit and workshops Second editions of the Australian Natural Heritage Charter and the Handbook to the Australian Natural Heritage Charter were produced. To augment the reprinting of these booklets, the Commission developed a presenters’ kit for the Australian Natural Heritage Charter. The kit is aimed at community leaders, academic institutions, libraries, Bushcare facilitators and government agencies. It will be of direct assistance for any member of the community seeking to raise awareness of natural heritage management issues. To assist communities in building capacity for natural heritage conservation using best practice methods, seven training workshops for communities and local government agencies were held. These occurred in regional and urban areas of Victoria and South Australia, as well as in Alice Springs and Sydney.
Natural Heritage Charter workshop for Sydney Harbour.
Under the Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Canberra, the Commission conducted a workshop on tourism and heritage for cultural heritage management students.
The Commission and the University continued their collaborative support of the PhD research on rural and regional heritage which is funded by the Australian Research Council and Strategic Partnerships with Industry — Research and Training Scheme (SPIRT).
In partnership with East Gippsland Shire (Victoria), the Commission worked to develop a community heritage plan that represents a model for community involvement in heritage planning issues.
The Commission sponsored a national survey of community involvement in all aspects of heritage identification, management and conservation in order to build upon these essential aspects of heritage practice and disseminate ideas more widely.
A Mining Heritage Places Assessment Manual was published by the Commission and the Australian Council of National Trusts. This manual will assist in the recording, analysis and assessment of mining heritage throughout Australia.
The Commission finalised for publication and distribution a guide to assist migrant communities to identify and protect their heritage places in Australia. A draft Migrant Heritage Places in Australia Guide was piloted by selected migrant groups in 1996 and 1997. The guide was subsequently refined and has been prepared for publication together with a companion handbook for group leaders and a brochure designed to introduce the program to a broader range of migrant groups. Publication and distribution will occur in 2000–2001.
The Commission has a commitment to research on heritage issues and methodologies and to making the outcomes of that research freely available. In 1999–2000 the Commission worked with the Australian Council of National Trusts to publish three significant pieces of work that had been funded through the NEGP:
- Urban Heritage: The Rise and Postwar Development of Australia’s Capital City Centres;
- Mining Heritage Places Assessment Manual; and
- Improving Access to Heritage Buildings: A Practical Guide to Meeting the Needs of People with Disabilities.
These publications will assist in increasing the community’s awareness and understanding of heritage places and their ability to contribute to identification, assessment, management and appreciation of heritage places.
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