More than a name change
Welcome to the State Heritage Office’s new website.
The State Heritage Office works with the Heritage Council and the community to recognise and celebrate our significant heritage places, and to promote their long-term viability into the future, through sensitive development and adaptation.
The State Heritage Office was previously known as the Office of Heritage.
So why the name change? There are many heritage agencies, both government and non-government, committed to the promotion of heritage in this State. We believe the name, State Heritage Office, better reflects who we are and what we do – that we are a State Government branch that primarily deals with cultural heritage places at a State level.
It is also about providing clarity to you, our stakeholders.
The Heritage Council will continue to provide strategic direction, develop policies and be the key decision-maker on development referrals and places being considered for inclusion in the State Register. It is the State Heritage Office that carries out the Heritage Council’s day-to-day operations, projects and service delivery.
What better opportunity to make this important change than by coinciding with our move to the newly restored Bairds Building on Wellington Street.
During the past few years, we have been working to provide a better service to our stakeholders – private and government owners, local governments, heritage professionals, heritage advocates and the wider community.
Together with the Heritage Council, we are involved in more education seminars and workshops, are visiting more regional communities, are providing more information to owners, and are developing more productive partnerships with key stakeholders.
We are also working towards a new Heritage Act that embraces contemporary best practice and reflects community’s expectations and aspirations on how our State’s cultural heritage is cared for and administered.
Our new name and website is one more step in that direction.
We hope that you find our new website easy to navigate and that you enjoy some of its new features like the ‘Heritage In Action' photo galleries that showcase examples of how heritage can be revitalised or adapted for new uses.
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