2020 South West Heritage Conference

This year’s Conference, themed ‘Encounters’, is currently postponed.

It is with great sadness that we advise that the 2020 South West Heritage Conference  has been postponed, in line with the Australian Government’s response to COVID-19 and the subsequent bans on mass gatherings. The Heritage Council and the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage will continue to work on developing a diverse and exciting program of presentations, workshops and site visits.

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Do you work in the heritage or tourism industry and would like to learn more about current best practice and emerging trends in the heritage sector?

Do you own or care for a heritage place, and are interested in learning practical and hands-on techniques to help conserve and maintain your heritage building?

The 2020 South West Heritage Conference provides an opportunity for both professional and business development, as well as extensive networking opportunities for the following:

  • private owners and caretakers of heritage places
  • those who are currently working in heritage within government, or private sector, academia, small museums, galleries or heritage tourism and interpretation
  • anyone with a passion for heritage and the desire to learn more about the history of heritage in our state as well as contemporary best practice and emerging trends in this field

The 2020 South West Heritage Conference is proudly presented by the Heritage Council of Western Australia in partnership with the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. The City of Busselton will be hosting the Conference in the newly built City of Busselton Civic and Administration Centre. The contemporary design of the building delivers an ultramodern vibe whilst holding strong heritage values and reflecting the seaside lifestyle Busselton is known for.

This year’s Conference theme ‘Encounters’ encompasses a diverse program that seeks to explore our State’s heritage from a wide range of perspectives, and will be of value to all those with an interest in Western Australian heritage. Integrating traditional and contemporary Aboriginal heritage and settler-focused heritage, with an emphasis on cultural exchange and truth telling, ‘Encounters’ will examine WA’s past through a new lens. As part of the program, delegates will have the opportunity to visit some of the South West's most iconic heritage destinations and hear the stories behind these places. 

The Conference will also feature practical workshops that focus on the care and conservation of heritage places, with specialists demonstrating the most recent conservation and interpretation tools for heritage management.

A local government workshop will be held to address the key issue of understanding the status of various heritage listings, and to provide local governments with practical examples as well as information on the renewed heritage legislation and policy that applies at each tier of heritage listing.

For further enquiries, please contact Callum Crofton by emailing Callum.Crofton@dplh.wa.gov.auor phoning (08) 6552 4151.

Follow the Heritage Council on Twitter or sign up to Heritage Matters eNews to be the first to know when registrations open and for more updates as speakers are confirmed and further details are released.

Encounters is presented with support from the City of Busselton.

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