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Simon fiddles with heritage rules

By johnboy - 16 May 2013 1

Simon Corbell has announced he’s tweaking the heritage protection rules:

Appeal provisions will no longer apply against a decision by the Council not to provisionally register a place or object. Property owners will still be able to appeal a decision to register their place.

The amendments maintain the independence of the Heritage Council, while also providing the Minister of the day with a stronger role regarding registration decisions, through new call-in provisions for registration decisions.

“I believe the call-in powers will achieve the best possible outcomes for heritage protection and conservation while also addressing the future needs, growth and prosperity of the ACT.

Heritage legislation in the ACT encompasses natural, Aboriginal and historic places and objects.

Community submissions on the Amendment Bill are open until Friday, 14 June 2013. Further information www.environment.act.gov.au/heritage

More call in powers for Simon eh? Isn’t that handy?

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Simon fiddles with heritage rules
aussielyn 6:30 pm 22 May 13

It was interesting today to read Simon Corbel’s twitter comment on politicians and art:
“So we only want “nice” art? Should we let politicians decide which art is nice? I don’t think so #skywhale”

It could be argued that heritage buildings were designed by architects (Artists) and artisans (Artists).

Should we allow politicians to over-ride the Heritage Council with call-in powers on Heritage! The Heritage Council has members appointed by the minister and has industry representation. Strict criteria are used in determining inclusion on the Heritage Register. There is a long list of applications and an ACAT Heritage case is due shortly for a decision. Industry apparently does not have the lobbying influence, with the Heritage Council, so it now wants ministerial call-in powers.

When will we get smart and give tax deductable incentives to leaseholders who invest in conserving our heritage?

The correct link to the amendment is here: http://www.environment.act.gov.au/heritage/review_of_the_heritage_act_2004

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