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)

Identifying priority issues

Collecting and analysing information, and consulting people and organisations with an interest in the place, is likely to uncover issues that could affect what you need to do. As you may not be able to deal with all of the issues, you will need to set priorities.

One good way to do this is to enlist the help of a representative group of stakeholders to identify those issues of most concern and which are considered important.

These questions may help to identify the high priority issues:

  • will the situation worsen if something isn't done about it?
  • can or should other groups or organisations take responsibility for this issue or problem?
  • do we have the knowledge, skills and resources to deal with this problem? If not, are we likely to be able to develop these in the near future?
  • who do we need to enlist as partners to address the issue?