10 steps to help protect the natural and cultural significance of places
Australian Heritage Commission, 2000
Management plans are not a one-off thing. They need regular care and attention to stay up-to-date. They should have built into them some timeframes for when they will be checked for relevance such as a yearly review (which would include a progress report), or more typically a major review after about 4 or 5 years.
For a major review, all 10 steps in the process should be revisited.
As you use your plan, you may also need to review parts as circumstances change.
Some of the reasons for changing a plan:
- the objectives defined in the plan (and hence the strategies linked to them) have proven to be unsuitable, and the plan is no longer a useful guide for management
- major changes have affected the place, so a new approach to its management is needed
- new information comes to light about the heritage values of the place, which means that the basis for the plan has changed and new objectives and strategies to protect the values may be required.
If changes are only those that might normally be expected over the course of time you don't need to rush to re-write your plan, but it is worth documenting the changes so that they can be considered when the next major review of the plan takes place.
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