The Australian Heritage Strategy will aim to provide a common direction for government agencies and non-government groups alike for the benefit of all Australia's heritage.
As part of the process to develop the Strategy, the department commissioned ten essays to help identify key issues facing the heritage sector. These essays aim to provoke thought and encourage discussion amongst the community about what should be addressed through the development of the Strategy.
The essays address the following five key questions:
What is heritage?
Peter Spearitt (Professor History, University of Queensland)
Susan Tonkin (Previously at National Museum of Australia and other collecting institutions)
Graeme L. Worboys (Jagumba Consulting Pty Ltd)
Whose heritage is it?
Peter James AM (Heritage Law Specialist, JNP Pawsey and Prowse) and Joann Schmider (Indigenous woman from the Mamu People, Millaa Millaa)
Damein Bell (previously Executive Officer of Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation) and
Joy Elley (Anthropologist/Cultural Heritage Manager)
Who are the players and what roles do they play?
Don Garden (President, Federation of Australian Historical Societies)
What are community expectations for heritage protection?
Chris Johnston (Strategic Planner, Director of Context Pty Ltd)
Heath McDonald (Professor Marketing, Swinburne University)
What are the social and economic benefits of heritage?
Kate Clark (Director, Historic Houses Trust NSW)
- 'Only Connect' - The social, economic and environmental benefits of cultural heritage (PDF - 868 KB) | (Word - 124 KB)
- 'Only Connect' - References (PDF - 691 KB) | (Word - 43 KB)
Bruce Leaver (former head of Heritage Division and current Chair of Sapphire Coast Tourism Board and National Parks and Wildlife Reserve Sapphire Coast Advisory Committee)
These essays are published as finalised by the authors along with a brief biographical note. The views and opinions expressed in the essays and introduction are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Australian Government or the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.
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