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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

20 April 2000

Australia wins representation on world conservation council

An Australian woman is one of twelve successful candidates elected to a key international cultural conservation council.

Senator Robert Hill, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, today announced that Ms Jane Lennon, had been elected to the Council of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM).

"Ms Lennon, who is a Commissioner with the Australian Heritage Commission, will be one of twelve new ICCROM Council members," Senator Hill said.

Other successful candidates were from Cuba, Argentina, Canada, France, Republic of Korea, Chile, Zimbabwe, Angola, Japan, India and Hungary.

"ICCROM is the only institution of its kind with a worldwide mandate for conservation training in all types of cultural heritage.

With 95 Member States, ICCROM also has 53 of the world's leading conservation institutions as Associate Members. Australians who have formerly served on the Council include Ms Joan Domicelj AM, a heritage practitioner and planner and former Vice President of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), and Professor Colin Pearson AO, MBE, Co-Director of the Cultural Heritage Research Centre at the University of Canberra.

"I'm very pleased that Australia is to continue its presence on the Council," he said. "This will enable it to participate actively in an international forum that aspires, through conservation, to make cultural heritage meaningful and useful to the benefit of people in every part of the globe," Senator Hill said.

"I congratulate Ms Lennon on her appointment. I am sure she will represent Australia well in the international organisation."

Ms Lennon has held numerous prominent positions in cultural heritage management and conservation and as a private heritage and planning consultant. She is currently a Commissioner with the Australian Heritage Commission, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Newstead House, and Member of the Board of Queensland Museum, Queensland Historians Institute Management Committee and Centenary of Federation (Queensland) Committee.

20 April, 2000

For further information:
Jane Lennon 07 3862 4284
Rod Bruem 02 6277 7640 or 0419 258 364

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