The Community Alliance Party values the ACT’s history and heritage including Indigenous sites, buildings of architectural and cultural significance, and other features that have historic, scientific, aesthetic, social or traditional importance.
Our heritage is at risk because heritage is not adequately valued by the current ACT Government. This is particularly true for public places and buildings. Government funding has been inadequate, and heritage assessment and protection has been given a low priority.
The Alliance will address this situation by ensuring the integrity and efficiency of heritage assessment and management.
o The Alliance will give greater independence to Heritage ACT to allow it to effectively oversee heritage management for the ACT.
o The Alliance will insist that Heritage Council is genuinely independent with its own adequately resourced secretariat.
o The Alliance will ensure open and transparent appointment of Heritage Council members.
o The Alliance will encourage Heritage ACT to improve its approach to heritage identification, assessment and management.
o The Alliance will seek to amend the Heritage Act to avoid delays and enable timely progress from nomination, to assessment, listing and heritage protection.
o The Alliance supports improved investigation and protection of Aboriginal heritage in the ACT.
o The Alliance will significantly increase Heritage ACT’s resources, including the recruitment of additional staff members.
o The Alliance will provide additional funding to the ACT Heritage Grants program to ensure that more eligible heritage-based projects are undertaken with adequate accountability arrangements in place.
o The Alliance will examine funding for the National Trust (ACT Branch).
o The Alliance will boost heritage awareness and promotion in particular through restoring a dedicated Heritage Week and festival in April each year.
o The Alliance supports an ACT museum and archive that works with schools and communities to celebrate the ACT’s history and heritage.
o The Alliance believes we should endeavour to document our early oral history while it is still possible.
o The Alliance supports the ACT Centenary in 2013 as a celebration of Canberra’s role as the nation’s capital, and an opportunity to showcase the region’s history and heritage.