Protecting Heritage Places

10 steps to help protect the natural and cultural significance of places
Australian Heritage Commission, 2000

Step 4: Why is this place important? (continued)

Who should be involved in assessing heritage significance?

At this point you should go back and consider who has an interest in a place. The views of a wide range of people should be considered and people given an opportunity to contribute to the assessment of significance.

Local communities and Indigenous owners can assess significance, often with the help of professionals like historians, architects, ecologists, geologists, anthropologists, archaeologists and local government heritage advisers.

If professionals are used, the community and others with an interest in the place should have an opportunity to discuss and understand their views. This helps ensure a shared understanding about what is important before decisions are made about the future of the place.

Different people have different ways of describing and assessing significance. Some Indigenous communities may define the importance of a place very broadly. It is important, that for whoever the place holds special significance, that their perspective carries clearly through into the statement of significance.