Protecting Heritage Places

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

Step 8: What is your plan? (continued)

Who is responsible for what?

Assigning appropriate responsibility for implementing the actions needed to reach objectives in a management plan is crucial to its success.

To achieve the desired results from a management plan, it is vital to assign and clarify the roles of each person or organisation, and to ensure someone is responsible for each proposed action.

The following list of questions should help this task.

Approving, adopting and implementing

  • who will be consulted before the plan is adopted?
  • who will approve the plan for agency implementation?
  • who will need to give any additional approvals?
  • who will be primarily responsible for implementing the plan?
  • who is going to be the project manager?

Monitoring and reviewing

Keeping the wheels turning

  • who will keep the records of ongoing work on the plan (minutes of meetings, records of changes agreed, documents etc)?
  • who will be contacted in the case of an emergency?
  • is it necessary to form a committee of management representing key interests, or some other decision-making group?

Often many people and organisations have interests in a heritage place. This may be a legal or cultural (in the case of Indigenous custodians) responsibility to do something about its protection.

While everyone hopes it does not happen, conflict can arise during the development or implementation of any heritage plan. Plan for it early by identifying possibly contentious issues and developing a conflict resolution process.