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Plans/Management of Sites & Species as made
This instrument provides for the future management of Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area (KAVHA). It establishes strategic principles for conservation and protection of the outstanding universal value and other heritage values of KAVHA. It seeks to improve connections with the local community to demonstrate how heritage can benefit local people, including private landholders, to improve visitor experiences and to address resourcing and management issues.
Administered by: Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Registered 09 Dec 2016
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR07-Feb-2017
Tabled Senate07-Feb-2017


1.3           Methodology

The methodology for preparing heritage management plans is well established in documents such as The Conservation Plan by JS Kerr, and the Australia ICOMOS Burra Charter, 2013 (the Burra Charter). The Australian Government has also adopted guidelines for management plans for Australia’s National Heritage places.

In the case of the KAVHA site, an extensive literature has enabled an understanding of the place, its history, fabric and significance. Preparation of this HMP has involved strategic review and synthesis of the existing background documentation, and the selection of key material so as to guide and underpin future conservation and management.

The institutional arrangements for the KAVHA site’s management and its role in the tourism economy as a visitor experience, as well as in the daily life of the community on Norfolk Island, have been critical considerations. Careful and reflective listening to members of the local community during community consultations for this project has been a key input which has helped to frame the project team’s thinking and findings.

Generally, while the physical condition and maintenance of  the KAVHA site  is excellent, there are challenges. One key challenge is how the place may be most effectively managed and conserved. Consideration has also been given to future resourcing issues, capacity and skills. Authentic presentation and visitor experience are other considerations, alongside the contemporary community’s and private landholders’ views and aspirations for the site.

This HMP has been prepared based on an integrated values assessment and management methodology. This has involved identifying and understanding both tangible and intangible cultural assets, not only the fabric of the KAVHA site itself but also related places, people, customs and events that have heritage value and tourism potential. The HMP process has been inclusive and consultative, consistent with the Australia ICOMOS Code on the Ethics of Coexistence in Conserving Significant Places. While focusing on sustainable conservation of the resource through retention of heritage values, the HMP takes account of local community concerns and potential tourism opportunities.



The process used in preparing the HMP is summarised in the following chart:




1.4            Reference Documents

This HMP updates and incorporates information from earlier plans.


The initial 1980 report was prepared by a working group which included members from the Department of Home Affairs, the Norfolk Island Legislative Assembly, the Department of Housing and Construction, the National Capital Development Commission, the Australian Heritage Commission and the Department of Home Affairs.

An updated CMP was prepared in 1988 by a team of consultants coordinated by Clive Lucas, Stapleton and Partners. Accompanying the 1988 CMP are a range of more specific reports (held in the KAVHA site office).

During the 1990s and early 2000s, draft CMP updates were prepared but not adopted. This phase of documentation included extensive research materials and electronic databases that included a detailed site inventory and historical images.

The current CMP for the KAVHA site was adopted in 2008. The 2008 CMP was based on the preceding detailed research and informed by a more detailed 2007 draft.