LET’S PROTECT OUR STATE HERITAGE – ONCE AND FOR ALL
Dear Supporter and Concerned Community Member,
A new BILL providing greater protection for State Heritage has been introduced into state parliament. It will require any alteration, partial destruction or demolition of State Heritage buildings or items to be approved by parliament, with transgressions attracting a penalty of $120,000.
We welcome this Bill as an expression of the increasing community concern about the threats to our precious heritage. The recent extensive public backlash against the Government’s plan to demolish the State Heritage listed Waite Gatehouse Lodge was a hallmark in both the recognition and valuing of heritage by the community, and a warning that vigilance and strong legislation have become necessary to protect these important components of our history and lived amenity.
There are a number of State- listed items currently under threat, and the weakening of heritage protection under the new Planning and Design Code highlights the imperative to establish a codified structure to send a clear message to the community and to developers that our State Heritage is untouchable.
I urge you to support this proposed legislation by contacting and lobbying your MPs to vote for this Bill in both chambers of parliament. You can download a list of MP contacts here.
Parliamentarians should be aware that heritage protection now has a high profile in the community and will undoubtedly be an Election issue in March 2022.
Thank you for your interest and support.
Warren Jones AO
Ask your State MP to stand up for our heritage
Please write to your State MP and ask them to support the bill to properly protect our State Heritage places.
Professor Warren Jones AO is the Convenor of the Protect our Heritage Alliance, a coalition of concerned organisations and individuals, working to protect our built and natural environment. GPO Box 2021 Adelaide, SA 5001
Phone: 0419 852 622 Email: [email protected]