Exploring Historic Urban Landscapes

Image: Launceston Landscape by Alastair Bett

Participants at a workshop held to raise awareness of UNESCO's Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) Approach have been encouraged to challenge the status quo.

The Tasmanian Heritage Council hosted Susan Fayad, Coordinator Heritage and Cultural Landscapes, City of Ballarat, to share Ballarat's long-term growth strategy, formulated through the HUL Approach. Ms Fayad presented a workshop at the  2017 LGAT Conference as well as a second workshop for local council planners and other interested parties from the Heritage Council's community of interest.

Like many cities around the world, the City of Ballarat faces the challenge of helping the city grow without compromising its valued character, lifestyle and cultural identity. In response, it used UNESCO's HUL approach which has "enabled the city's distinctive cultural identity to be placed front and centre in its planning for the future".

Ballarat has “developed a new model for dealing with change. At the heart of this model is localisation: local identity, local distinctiveness, local values and localised approaches. The fundamental principles that underpin the model include people-centred approaches, partnerships and collaboration, gaining new types of knowledge about Ballarat and building a culture-based framework for creative problem solving."

Ms Fayad's engaging, informative and inspiring presentation, provided a practical example of how to work with the community to manage future change within an historic urban landscape.

Thank you to Susan Fayad and everyone who attended the workshops. The presentation, insights and discussions will feed into the projects that the Heritage Council are completing to help bring Tasmania's historic cultural heritage to life.

Unlock the journey for the City of Ballarat at HUL Ballart, and for a global perspective of the HUL Approach in action visit https://go-hul.com/

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