Some of Western Australia’s most distinguished historians and heritage sector experts will meet this week to discuss the future of the State’s past.
Heritage Minister Michelle Roberts officially opened the two-day heritage summit, which is being held today (Thursday) and tomorrow at the historic Fremantle Prison.
Mrs Roberts said the summit would give 60 delegates an opportunity to share their ideas about the future management of WA’s heritage.
“The summit aims to develop a heritage policy framework for WA that will include private owners, local communities and all levels of government,” she said.
During the summit, the delegates will focus on eight key areas:
· assessment of significance;
· heritage process and development;
· Government responsibilities and co-ordination;
· heritage and local government;
· education and communication;
· incentives; and
· regenerating Perth - conserving heritage.
“It is fitting that a summit on the future of heritage in WA is being held at such a significant place,” the Minister said.
“The Fremantle Prison and the convicts who were incarcerated there contributed greatly to the establishment of our State, but it is one of thousands of sites that deserve to be protected.”
The seminar will conclude on Friday evening with a public forum at the prison’s Crown Theatre.
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