The Department of the Environment’s draft Australian Heritage Strategy is now available for public comment with submissions due 9 June 2014 . AAA President and Vice-President attended a forum yesterday in Perth hosted by staff of the DoE, there are forums in other states this week and into next week.  AAA will be putting together a submission on behalf of our members and we are seeking input from those who would like to contribute. Please provide your comments to the AAA Secretary (secretary@australianarchaeology.com) before 2 June 2014 to allow us time to collate and draft the response.

A copy of the Australian Heritage Strategy can be found at http://www.environment.gov.au/heritage/australian-heritage-strategy/getting-involved

The aim of the Strategy is provide a framework for leadership, partnerships and community engagement. It will support the work of individuals, organisations and governments by providing a common direction for the recognition and protection of Australia’s heritage.

The release of the draft Strategy is an opportunity for everyone to discuss what types of heritage should be protected, and how best to manage and maintain these places. All Australians are encouraged to participate in the development of the Strategy.

Heritage is central to the Government’s Plan for a Cleaner Environment and is a fundamental pillar of the Government’s vision for Australia – clean air, clean water, clean land and heritage protection.