Improving protections to preserve our past

South Australia’s heritage policies are set to go under the microscope by a newly established expert panel.

The Heritage Reform Advisory Panel will examine what changes need to be made to better protect historically significant buildings, places and areas.

Minister for Planning and Local Government Vickie Chapman said the Panel’s aim is to assist the Government in achieving a contemporary system of heritage protection – one that is transparent, responsive and accountable.

“It is crucially important to ensure heritage and character places receive the protections they deserve,” Minister Chapman said.

“This Panel will consider how we can improve current provisions; be it through streamlining processes, improving legislation or clarifying guidelines and policies,” she said.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs says the Panel has been established following an inquiry by the Environment, Resources and Development Committee.

“This Panel will address five key recommendations identified by the Committee,” Minister Speirs said.

“That includes commencing a state-wide, collaborative and strategic approach to heritage reform through the development of a staged process,” he said.

The Panel consists of six members with considerable expertise in heritage, planning and sustainability matters.

It will be Chaired by Ms Helen Dyer (State Planning Commission), with Ms Deborah Morgan (The National Trust), Mr Keith Conlon (SA Heritage Council), Mr Jason Schultz (architect and member of the SA Heritage Council), Ms Cate Hart (Department of Environment, Heritage and Sustainability) and Ms Anita Allen (Director of Planning and Development, AGD).