Protecting Heritage Places

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

Step 5: What are the issues? (continued)

Issues to consider

Issues to consider might include:

  • what special requirements or obligations do you need to consider now that you know the reasons why a place is significant? Are there things that must be done to retain the heritage values (eg if an important value of the site is its spiritual significance to Indigenous custodians, making special access arrangements for them will be necessary) or actions that are simply not compatible (eg, roads in areas which have threatened plant communities)?
  • what are the threats to the significant values of the place? In what way is the place vulnerable? What might impact on the values?
  • what are the current arrangements for administering the place and are they appropriate?
  • what is the physical condition of the place?
  • what are the current and future trends affecting the place?
  • what are the legislative, planning or other regulatory requirements?
  • what do previous studies and recommendations say?
  • what funding and other resources are available?
  • what is the political, economic and social environment?