The 2015-16 financial year has seen a change in
direction and vision for the Tasmanian Heritage Council to one of helping to
bring Tasmania’s historic cultural heritage to life.
"The past 12 months has
been a time for fresh thinking, goal-setting and action. In May 2015 we adopted a focused Strategic
Plan. It has helped us chart a new
direction for the work the Heritage Council does on behalf of the people of
Tasmania,’ said Ms Brett Torossi, Chair.
"The Heritage Council is
very conscious of the interest Tasmanians have in our heritage and its appeal
to visitors. We are also conscious that we need do more to reveal the amazing stories
embedded in the fabric of our historic cultural heritage and leverage the
opportunities it presents to contribute to our visitor economy.
"That is why we have initiated
The Tasmanian Collection and Living Register projects. These two projects are designed to enable
locals and visitors to better access and be able to delve into the rich, diverse
and unique cultural collections Tasmania’s various institutions and museums
hold, and enable people to access and use the wealth of information, stories
and records they contain. The Tasmanian Collection is a collaborative project
with our friends at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.
"In 2015-16 the Heritage
Council approved $229 million in development.
It also achieved a 99 per cent approval rate on development and
exemption applications. This reflects
the value of our pre-lodgement contact with owners and site managers and the
proactive way we engage with heritage property owners to help them protect
heritage values and facilitate sensitive development.
"In February 2016
Minister Groom helped us launch our revised Works Guidelines. These have proven to be an invaluable
resource for all heritage property owners.
They provide useful guidelines on how to best facilitate works on
historic heritage places, while protecting their heritage values.
"Continuing the review of
over 1 700 entries on the Tasmanian Heritage Register was a major focus for the
year. Of these, the Heritage Council
resolved to retain over 179 entries on the Heritage Register, undertake further
research on a number of other entries, and 590 entries were subject to the
intention to remove process; with owner and public consultation being used to
help determine if these entries should remain on the Register.
"This reflects a long-term
goal of ensuring the Heritage Register only contains places that meet the
criteria for entry; entries held are updated; and gaps are filled, to build
confidence that it is an accurate, comprehensive and credible record of our
most important historic heritage places.
"Tasmania is unique. It is a beautiful island State of natural and
historic landscapes. The Heritage Council is proud of the work it does in
collaboration with Heritage Tasmania and Tasmania’s local planning
authorities. We are grateful for the
efforts of all the property owners, developers, individuals and groups that
care for one of our core appeals - our historic environment."
To read more of the Heritage Council's achievements in 2015-2016, read its Annual Report.