Heritage training program for Chinese planners

November 16, 2005

The planning and management techniques established to preserve the integrity of the Port Arthur Historic Site are being integrated in a training program for Chinese heritage planners.

A group of Chinese conservation professionals will attend a five-day workshop at Port Arthur in May next year as part of a three-week intensive course in planning and management methodology.

It is being coordinated by the internationally renowned Getty Conservation Institutes (GCI) and the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority.

The China Principles course aims to address concern that the rapid development of the Chinese economy could negatively impact on the country’s valuable heritage sites.

It is feared the impact of development could lead to inappropriate use of sites and “over-restoration”.

The workshops, which also will be held in Sydney, will focus on “training the trainers” and the production of a teaching manual for the development of master plans for Chinese sites.

Several Port Arthur staff will be involved in the Tasmanian aspect of the course which will focus on a variety of key elements including research, involvement of stakeholders, governance, visitor management and interpretation.

PAHASMA Deputy Chair Professor Sharon Sullivan is one of the GCI course leaders on the project.