2023 ACT Region Heritage Symposium / Oct 14


This information is also available in the Symposium flyer – Symposium Flyer 2023 Update V1.

Planning for Heritage

Saturday 14 October 2023

Change in the built and natural environment is both inevitable and necessary. Factors such as land development, increased housing demand, climate change and regulation of land use, can have a significant impact on heritage values and heritage places and landscapes.

Whilst these drivers can threaten heritage, they also provide opportunities to strengthen it against decay and destruction through restoration and, where relevant, adaptive re-use. Planning policies and processes are vital determinants of our social, economic and environmental fabric and if leveraged effectively can significantly advance heritage recognition and protections.

Join us for the 2023 ACT Region Heritage Symposium to explore the following questions:
• What role does planning have in managing and preserving our cultural heritage?
• In what ways can heritage facilitate positive planning outcomes?
• How can development and conservation partner to enhance our communities?
• How can we facilitate involvement of residents/ local communities in planning for heritage?
• How can we ensure that First Peoples history and culture are adequately respected and protected in future planning?
• What lessons in heritage protection should we have learned from practice in the ACT, elsewhere in Australia and overseas?

Keynote Speaker – Dr James Lesh

The keynote speaker at the Symposium will be Dr James Lesh of Deakin University, a historian and Lecturer in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies who has published widely in Australian urban history. His recent book ‘Values in Cities: Urban Heritage in Twentieth-Century Australia’ is the first major scholarly examination of the Australian heritage movement. He has recently published articles dealing with the relationship between heritage protection and affordable housing, and protection of twentieth century heritage.

Tickets for the Symposium


Symposium Venue: T2, Kambri Venues, Australian National University, University Ave, Acton ACT 2601.

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