The protection of Australia’s commemorative places and monuments report
This document has been released recently, prepared by the Australian Heritage Council and the Department of the Environment and Energy heritage staff, on the request of the Minister, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, who sought advice on the adequacy of existing legal protections for places and monuments that relate to the early interactions between European explorers and settlers and Australia’s Indigenous peoples. The report finds that the current legislative and policy framework across the country is adequate, but also makes a number of recommendations to allow Australians to further recognise and promote our shared Indigenous and colonial heritage.
Re-appointments to the Australian Heritage Council (AHC)
In March 2018 the Minister responsible for the AHC, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, announced that five AHC members were being re-appointed: the Hon Dr Kemp AC (chair), Dr Jane Harrington (historic heritage), Associate Professor Don Garden OAM (historic heritage), Dr Lyndon Ormond-Parker (Indigenous heritage) and Ms Rachel Perkins (Indigenous heritage). They join current members Dr Steve Morton (natural heritage) and Dr Jennie Whinam (natural heritage) on the seven-seat Council.
For further information on these people see http://www.environment.gov.au/heritage/organisations/australian-heritage-council/about
Melbourne Domain and Parkland Precinct added to the National Heritage List (NHL)
Also, in March 2018, it was announced that this place had been added to the NHL after a review of the earlier Emergency Nomination Listing. It was seen as an iconic part of Melbourne and the place as a whole is a parkland landscape developed and shaped by its historic and on-going function as a rare government domain. The Kings Domain Resting Place within the parklands is also of particular significance because of its association with Australia’s national story of the repatriation of Indigenous people’s remains.
For further information see: https://www.environment.gov.au/heritage/places/national/melbourne-domain-parkland-memorial-precinct