10 steps to help protect the natural and cultural significance of places
Australian Heritage Commission, 2000
It's worth taking time to work out what you or your group want to achieve for your heritage place - your 'management objectives'. Developing these is one of the most important steps in planning.
You define your objectives by focusing on the values of the place as outlined in the statement of significance, addressing the key management issues you have already identified and thinking about how you would like the place to be in the future.
Your objectives need to be specific enough to give direction to the management of your place. In considering the future, think of the desired physical condition of the place and its desired and appropriate uses.
In an historic heritage conservation plan this step of developing management objectives is more commonly referred to as developing 'conservation policy' for a heritage place. Management objectives and policy are essentially the same thing. Both result in a statement of intent, but they stop short of the detailed description of how to do it.
Objectives can be written in several ways, for example:
- as statements starting with 'to...' such as 'to provide opportunities for visitors to understand the significance of the place' OR
- as statements which envisage how the place will be some time in the future such as 'the woodland areas of the park are restored'.
- In defining your objectives you should also consider:
- do the objectives meet conservation principles?
- are there other influences to be considered?
- tips for developing objectives
- examples of objectives
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