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ACT National Trust Issues List of Most at Risk Heritage Places

By Clown Killer - 4 July 2008 17

The ACT National Trust has nominated 18 places they believe possess heritage values and that are at risk from a range of potential impacts incliuding neglect, demolition, drougy, vandalism and poor planning decisions.

The Trusts top three places include:

  1. The Dickson-Lyneham Flats on Northbourne Avenue;
  2. Redwood Forest, Pialligo; and
  3. The Yarralumla Brickworks

Numbers two and three seem pretty straight forward, but I suspect that the boys and girls at the National Trust will be on a hiding to nowhere trying to save the Dickson-Lyneham Flats. Whilst it is certainly the case that late 20th Century heritage places are often the most vulnerable, are these really the best examples of this style of building?

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ACT National Trust Issues List of Most at Risk Heritage Places
Thumper 11:43 am 07 Jul 08

yeah, bad choice of words…

Clown Killer 11:23 am 07 Jul 08

You might be confusing “criteria” with “Value”. The BC I’m looking at identifies aesthetic, historic, scientific, social or spiritual value for past, present or future generations under Article 1.2 and values and their relationship to cultural significance are explored further at Article 5, but I can’t find any “criteria” as such.

On the other hand, the ACT Heritage Act 2004 does in fact provide criteria for assessing places for inclusion on the ACT Heritage Register. I’m guessing, but I’d suggest that someone with an understanding of sixties public architecture in Australian could come up with something against:

A)it demonstrates a high degree of technical or creative achievement (or both), by showing qualities of innovation, discovery, invention or an exceptionally fine level of application of existing techniques or approaches;

F)it is a rare or unique example of its kind, or is rare or unique in its comparative intactness;

G)it is a notable example of a kind of place or object and demonstrates the main characteristics of that kind.

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