The AusHeritage team comprising Ken Taylor, Liz Vines and George Phillips took the lead in the forum and workshops that were held over three days from March 26 to 28, 2011.
The forum covered issues of the adaptation, adaptive reuse and infill development in and around heritage buildings, sites and public spaces/landscapes. Underlying this was the development of an understanding of opportunities and challenges of each heritage place and the modelling of a template for Heritage Impact Assessments in George Town and beyond.
Continuing from the last forum regarding Heritage Management Plans, George, Liz and Ken further clarified the processes for managing conservation and change in the George Town context from both the proponents’ and assessors’ points of view.
The workshops enabled local counterparts to work through real site issues and hypothetical proposals and to understand Heritage Impact Assessments.
The remaining two forums will be on cultural tourism, conservation skills and heritage risks.