The Heritage Strategies Section of the federal Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities has prepared a summary of submissions to the Australian Heritage Strategy consultation held earlier this year.
Ninety-seven submissions were received and can be viewed on the same page as the summary document here: http://www.environment.gov.au/heritage/strategy/submissions.html
The Significance International submission is No. 17 and is referred to twice in the summary document under (6) Cultural Heritage and (8) Leadership. Click here to see our submission.
Please note that a belated essay was commissioned for the consultation titled 'Conserving Australia's Geoheritage' by Graeme L. Worboys. Significance International supports Australia's geological heritage, viewing it as part of our entire, shared, cultural and natural heritage.
The consultation inputs are enlightening, robust and diverse. It is great that so many people took the time to read the substantial supporting documents and draft responses.
Let us hope that the salient areas of agreement will be incorporated into a strategy which recognises the interconnectedness of all heritage elements, whether they fall inside or outside the existing Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 fence.