November 28, 2012

Better Planning Network - Workshop

Better Planning Network
      Media Release

PO Box 989
Lane Cove NSW 1595

                   An affiliation of more than 100 community groups

Workshop Calls for More Community Rights in Planning

Better Planning Network participants in a workshop with senior officers of the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure have called for the community to have mandated rights to participate in and challenge planning and/or development decisions.

“This was a positive and productive workshop,” said Corinne Fisher of the Better Planning Network. “The Departmental staff undertook to present a summary of the issues raised to the Minister so that he is aware of community views before the White Paper is finalised. On the other hand, there is no commitment to implement our suggestions.”

Better Planning Network representatives were adamant that Ecologically Sustainable Development should be the driving factor and prime objective of the new Act. They also argued that State Planning objectives should include conservation of biodiversity, protection of prime agricultural land, heritage protection and promotion of community wellbeing.

“These issues are fundamental to good planning,” said Ms Fisher. “They must go hand in hand with open, transparent and accountable decision-making at all levels of planning and development. All decisions should be open to scrutiny and should be accompanied by written explanations of how and why they were made.”

Participants also pointed out that if the community is to participate meaningfully in the strategic planning phase, as the government has claimed, there must be sufficient resources and time to enable genuine and meaningful dialogue. This will require professional facilitators.

Among the points raised at the workshop were:

  • There must be no direct employment relationship between developers and private certifiers

 • The system should encourage a collaborative relationship between developers and community for code-assessable projects

• Community members must have the right to comment on site-specific and local development
issues including building design, overshadowing and social amenity

• The community must have the same rights to challenge planning/development decisions as those
granted to developers.

For more information contact:      Corinne Fisher 0421 831 889

19th November 2012

November 22, 2012

national museum australia - Museum Workshop

Museum Workshop now showing in Canberra

From 25 October 2012 to 28 January 2013. Free. Temporary Exhibition Gallery.
Enter the Museum Workshop: The Art, Science and Craft of the Conservator exhibition and immerse yourself in the behind-the-scenes world of the conservation team, the people responsible for the physical care of objects in the National Museum of Australia's collection.

Visit the conservation laboratories

The Museum Workshop exhibition brings to life the National Museum's large technology, objects and paintings, and paper and textiles laboratories.

What's new?

Preparing a pram for display

Join conservator Andrew Pearce as he works on this eye-catching pram in the Museum Workshop exhibition.

Colour photograph showing a wooden pram with two sets of metal wheels, sitting on a bench in a workshop. The pram's hood sits alongside.
Wignalls brand bamboo pram with cane and seagrass decorations.
The pram was made in Hobart by Wignalls. It's being prepared for display in the upcoming exhibition Glorious Days: Australia 1913, opening in March 2013.
The pram's body is made from timber and shaped bamboo, with cane and seagrass decoration and a green canvas hood.
This composite construction proposes an interesting challenge for conservators as they work with multiple materials.
Conservator Andrew Pearce will complete his work on the pram towards the end of this week.
More on the pram and the objects and paintings conservation lab


Experience more conservators in action

Talk with conservators about their work and take advantage of this special access to the world of a museum conservator. See conservators preparing photo albums and period costumes for our upcoming exhibition, Glorious Days: Australia 1913, opening in March 2013.
Watch the technology team working on the 1948 Daimler car used by Queen Elizabeth II during her 1954 tour of Australia. Discover how we treat cracks and splits in Aboriginal bark paintings and see conservators servicing the Museum's chronometer collection.
Check the workshop schedules to see when our conservators are in action

Explore some of the objects on show

Various objects from the National Museum's collection will be on show in the Museum Workshop exhibition. The great diversity of objects in the collection means it is rare that any two conservation treatments are identical.

Find out more about conservation at the Museum

November 14, 2012

Telling It How It Is: Oral History for Museums

Collecting oral history; simple methods of recording, understanding and archiving narrated memories.

When: Friday 23 November 2012, 1.00pm - 4.00pm
Where: Museums & Galleries NSW, 43-51 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomoolloo
Cost: $35 (one participant) and $80 (three participants)
Make a day of it: $60 (IMAGinE awards + Telling It How It Is)

November 13, 2012

November 9, 2012

Track down your Anzac

The traditional one minute’s silence on Remembrance Day encourages many of us to think about family members who served during various wars.

The National Archives can help you learn more about individuals in World War I, with a dedicated website Mapping our Anzacs. You can search by name, or place of birth or enlistment, and download entire service records from home. You can even add your own photographs or tributes.

Ref: news@archives - November 2012

November 7, 2012

A Day at the Museum: An Event for Regional Curators

This event is specifically designed to showcase opportunities to regional gallery and museum curators, managers and directors on how to build collaborations around the Australian Museum collection.

When: Friday 23 November 2012, 10.00am – 3.00pm
Where: Australian Museum (entry from William Street, East Sydney)
Cost: $55
Make a day of it: $90 (IMAGinE awards + A Day at the Museum)

November 4, 2012

November 2, 2012

The Lost Clothes Behind Australia's First Court Case

Missed out on History Week or didn’t get to everything you wanted to see? Over the next six weeks we will be bringing you six videos of our speakers as they toured NSW during History Week 2012.
This week’s star?
Andrew Tink spoke at the Wyalong Museum. View video.

In 1787, the captain of a First Fleet transport refused to let a convict take her baby with her. When this decision was overturned by Lord Sydney, the mother and her family, the Cables, became instant celebrities. And clothes were donated to them for use in Botany Bay. The clothes went on one ship, the ‘Alexander’ while the Cables travelled on another. But upon arrival at Botany Bay, it was found that the clothes had been stolen. So the Cables sued the captain of the ‘Alexander’ for damages. And they won. As convicts under sentence they could not have sued in England and so in this, Australia’s first civil case, they made new law.

Until March 2006, Andrew Tink was Shadow Attorney General and Shadow Leader of the House in the New South Wales Parliament. After a year studying in the United States, he graduated in Arts and Law at the Australian National University and practised as a barrister in Sydney before being elected to the Legislative Assembly in 1988. Since retiring from Parliament, Andrew has concentrated on two of his great passions – writing and history. He is a Visiting Fellow at Macquarie University’s Law School.

Brought to you by the History Council of NSW as part of the History Week 2012 Speaker Connect program in partnership with the Royal Australian Historical Society and proudly supported by the Copyright Agency Limited and the Your Community Heritage Program.