Heritage Assets Lost & Threatened around Australia

Selected Australian Heritage Assets Lost and Threatened
– on-shore and off-shore

Historic Manley Ferry, Sydney. Sank January 2022 (ABC)

Australia’s heritage assets hold meaning for all citizens, regardless of state and territory borders and legislation 

If we accept that heritage assets are shared by us all, then the legislative separation between ‘owners’ or responsible authorities in relation to heritage assets is counter-productive, e.g. responsibility lies across three levels of government and private ownership. Similarly confused and often managed in a counterproductive manner is the demarcation between heritage assets on land and above or below the water. Consequently, there is duplication and competition in bureaucracies, uneven access to financial support, and inequitable distribution of heritage expertise. Across Australia, heritage assets remain in jeopardy and the threat of loss is heightened.

The media and informed heritage stakeholder groups despair at the mounting evidence that in the absence of due recognition from politicians. There are obvious deficiencies in heritage policy, persistent cost-cutting under the guise of simply devolving federal responsibility to the states. Significant national heritage assets are being lost at an alarming rate across Australia. This dire  situation is  apparent to all heritage stakeholders. Less apparent  it seems to in government it seems. Possibly not apparent at all to aspirant candidates at the 2022 federal election.  

Note: Endangered Environments and Species

Australia’s unique flora fauna and insecta constitute key elements of our heritage, not only holding meaning for all citizens but also having immense heritage ‘value’ – social, cultural, economic and environmental. Yet, Australia’s record and international reputation on protecting endangered species is a national disgrace.  An independent review of the efficacy of the EPBC Act (1999) found that it failed to ”protect nationally threatened species and ecological communities by: identifying and listing species and ecological communities as threatened. developing conservation advice and recovery plans for listed species and ecological communities. developing a register of critical habitats. See  https://www.awe.gov.au/environment/epbc/what-is-protected

Help AHAA demonstrate to all candidates that heritage assets are being lost, and that policy reforms are required – urgently.

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