By Georgia Parsonson
The Queensland Government will implement a new advisory panel to provide expert advice on heritage-listed places and spaces and improve Queensland’s Heritage register.
On World Heritage Day (April 18th), the Queensland Government’s Environment Minister, Megan Scanlon, announced that the panel would include representatives from the Australian Institute of Architects, the National Trust of Australia (Queensland), and the local governments concerned.
According to Minister Scanlan, the panel would exist within the purview of the Queensland Heritage Council. It would examine ways to improve upon existing frameworks and legislation that concern the protection of heritage sites.
“We’re investing close to $1 billion to protect our environment and create jobs, and we’re looking at ways we can protect places with historical significance,” she said.
“Importantly, the panel will be tasked with coming up with ways that our communities can be encouraged to apply more often to have places of historical significance protected on the Queensland Heritage Register.”
According to Scanlan, those recommendations are anticipated by the end of 2021.
In the last year alone, Queensland has seen several locations added to the Heritage Register, including Beaudesert sale yard, Charters Towers City Hall and ‘The Fort’ at Oxley.
“I hope by establishing the panel, we can encourage more Queenslanders to consider places of historical significance and how they can be protected through the register,” Minister Scanlan said.
“It adds to our ongoing heritage grants program, which offers the assistance of up to $40,000 for project helping to conserve places on our heritage register.”
World Heritage Day is about acknowledging and celebrating locations that bear cultural and historical significance and the preservation of such sites for future generations. The introduction of this panel will further contribute to this worthwhile cause.
You can find more information about Queensland heritage at Heritage places | Environment, land and water | Queensland Government (www.qld.gov.au)