Annual Report 1992-1993 National Trust of Australia (Northern Territory)
Tabled Paper 2029
Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
Tabled by Barry Coulter
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1. POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION The Council of the National Trust of Australia (Northern Territory) met twice during 1992/93, from 28 to 30 August 1992 in Alice Springs and from 19 to 21 February 1993 in Pine Creek. Both meetings were chaired by David Carment. Executive Committee, comprising all Darwin-based Councillors is empowered to act for Council in administrative matters. This committee met on nine occasions, each meeting being chaired by David Carment. Alice Springs Councillors form an Administrative Committee which is chaired by Dave Leonard. This Committee combined with the Alice Springs Cultural and Natural Heritage Advisory Committee during the year. It met on eight occasions. Major policy and administrative matters discussed by Council, its Executive and Administrative Committees include the following: 1.1 Heritage Legislation During the year the National Trust has continued to have active input to the operation of the H erit age Advisory Council and the Heritage Conservation Act (1991) Penny Cook, the Trusts repre sentative was elected Deputy Chairman of the Council. The Trust was the principal nominator of places to the Register, completing applications for 28 places. Selection of these places was based on achieving a range of types o f places from complex precincts to historic sites with potential archaeological value. The vast majority of these nom ina tions are still being processed and have not achieved gazettal. There does not appear to be any one part of the Heritage Conservation Act (1991) which is causing specific delay; however, the National trust remains of the opinion that there are not sufficient staff resources for matters to be dealt within a reasonable time frame. Progress in regard to the gazettal of the Alice Springs Heritage Precinct (formerly the Hartley Street Precinct) remains disappointing with the 90 day gazettal period not achieved earlier in 1993. This fact necessitated a requirement to revert to the public comment period under the Act and for an Interim Conservation Order to the placed over the precinct. It is also unfortunate that the Assessment Criteria have not become Regulations under the Act during the year. At the June 1993 meeting of the Heritage Advisory Council advice was given that further changes had been made to the criteria. However, Council was not advised at that meeting what the nature of these changes were. The first Heritage Agreement under the Act was achieved during the year for Wishart Siding. The Agreement is a simple and effective document. The Trust believes it is now imperative that a series of guidelines be developed for work that can be undertaken on declared places or places under an Interim Conservation Order. Such guidelines would deal with the needs of day-to-day maintenance as well as emergency works or arresting decay. The Trust has initiated a draft brief in order that this matter can be expedited. During the year a leaflet for distribution to the public on the operation of the Act has been produced and will be most useful in facilitating a greater understanding of the legislation. There have been several conflicts in regard to the Act and positive attempts have been made to negotiate and discuss the issues either with the appointment of suitably qualified consultants or through the formation of a sub-committee of Council. 2