Protecting Heritage Places

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

Step 7: What do you need to do? (continued)

Tips for developing your strategies

Try these tips when you develop your strategies.

  • Make sure they help you reach your objective. You might want to link strategies to each part of your objectives.
  • Check them against the issues you identified so that all important issues are addressed.
  • Think about timing and priority.
  • Think about how the strategies and actions fit together, how combinations work and whether some reinforce others, and what order is important.
  • Look for strategies and actions that are 'strategic'. These are the ones that help achieve a number of objectives simultaneously, or require the least resources.

It often helps to ask some questions.

  • How will the proposed strategy change the place?
  • What will be the effect on the significance of the place? Is this acceptable?
  • Are the strategies feasible? What resources do they require (this includes not only things like people, money, materials, equipment and facilities, but also things you can't see-time, knowledge, skill, political influence, status, energy, control over information)?.
  • Is the strategy adequate? Is it likely to have enough impact on the problem to make it worth doing?
  • Check if the strategy fits the conservation principle - 'as much as necessary, as little as possible?' and the other conservation principles
  • Is the strategy likely to be effective in achieving our objectives?
  • Is the strategy realistic and efficient? Will the result be worth the cost?
  • What kind of positive and negative effects will the strategy have? By being focused you can reduce the time and resources spent on issues that may not be critical or actions that might be limited in their effectivenesss.