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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

Norfolk Island is a recognised international tourism destination and the KAVHA site makes an important contribution as a key attraction. If managed appropriately, tourism can contribute to local economic development and the long-term sustainability of both the site itself and the local community. It is appropriate that tourism within the KAVHA site is perceived as a community resource. It should deliver both economic and social benefits to local people through tourism, alongside community involvement and collaborative partnerships. Activities which support local traditions and cultural expressions, or which can promote economic benefits for local people, should be encouraged.

In the context of tourism at the KAVHA site, sustainability involves a core obligation to look after the place itself. In practice, this means that tourism activities, while welcome, should not adversely impact upon either the natural or cultural environment. Tourism activities should be managed in a way which ensures there is no physical damage to significant historic fabric or cultural traditions, and avoids wider environmental impacts such as erosion or pollution. It is therefore appropriate that tourism is proactively managed through a collaborative and two-way process involving the KAVHA site management and local tourism industry representatives. Consideration of proposals for new tourism activities should have particular regard to potential impact on natural or cultural values.

The tourism industry is a key stakeholder in the conservation and management of the KAVHA site. Representatives from the tourism industry should be actively involved through communication, consultation and collaboration; and should have the opportunity to identify needs and opportunities. Projects which concurrently benefit the KAVHA site and support tourism should be identified and implemented. Equally, the KAVHA site management should partner with the Norfolk Island tourism industry in shaping overall tourism strategies. Arrangements should be instigated for the introduction of a direct financial contribution towards the conservation and management of the KAVHA site from all commercial tourism activities. These arrangements should be developed and introduced through a consultative process.

 


 

7.5 Education and Information

State Parties to the World Heritage Convention have the responsibility to… use educational and information programmes to strengthen appreciation and respect by their peoples of the cultural and natural heritage.6

 

Text Box: The key principles are:

•	Heritage values should be transmitted to future generations.

•	Outstanding interpretation should be provided on and off the KAVHA site.

•	Interpretation of the KAVHA site should present a full range of stories related to all the phases of settlement.
•	Educational outreach should be provided locally and off site.

•	Links and networks should be established with other Norfolk Island heritage places, the other  properties which form  part  of  the Australian Convict  Sites and other related sites.

 

 

The on-site interpretation of the KAVHA site is varied. Some elements, including the Norfolk Island Museum and Research Centre, are well developed and present engaging, thoroughly researched objects, displays and stories. By contrast, some of the signs within the KAVHA site are out-of-date or simply absent. There is no current dedicated website presence for the KAVHA site, other than that created for the development of this HMP (<http://www.kavha.gov.nf/>).

The KAVHA site deserves a comprehensive program of interpretation that is consistent and commensurate with the values of the place itself. This interpretation is needed by both visitors to the site and those using external resources, such as the internet or other published material. There are also opportunities for better integration and coordination of current interpretation activities between the Norfolk Island Museum, the Research Centre, tourism providers and the government. Further, there are opportunities for strategic marketing and cross promotion with the other properties which form part of the Australian Convict Sites.

 

 

 


With the exception of the Museum, stories presented through current interpretation tend to focus on the Second (Penal) Settlement 1825–1855. It is desirable that interpretation cover a full spectrum of narratives and stories, including other aspects of Norfolk history—Polynesian, Pitcairn (including the twentieth century)—as well as more focused information; for example, physical conservation techniques, nature, genealogy or World Heritage. The KAVHA site should be presented and understood in the context of other heritage places on Norfolk Island, particularly the wreck of HMS Sirius, and the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property, thereby communicating a wider story and engaging with this national convict network.

The KAVHA site, both alone and in conjunction with the other properties which are also part of the Australian Convict Sites, presents a wonderful educational resource which could be better utilised to deliver curriculum outcomes—initially to the schools on Norfolk Island, but subsequently extended as an educational resource for schools in Australia or New Zealand—thereby potentially encouraging future school field trips and education programs. More contemporary delivery mechanisms, including social media, also warrant further consideration.

Fostering research capacity and expertise should strengthen the understanding and appreciation of conservation and management objectives, as well as deliver useful resources. Encouraging and supporting research activity by external researchers or organisations is also vital. This knowledge can provide much needed data and information required for well informed decisions and future interpretation initiatives. The understanding and communication of values is critical to the successful continuation and transmission of these values to future generations.

 

 

 

 


 

7.6 Governance and Capacity

All properties inscribed on the World Heritage List must have adequate long-term legislative, regulatory, institutional and/or traditional protection and management to ensure their safeguarding.7

 

Text Box: The key principles are:

•	One organisation should be responsible for the care, control and management of the KAVHA site.
•	The KAVHA site management should have a simple organisational structure, with clarity in roles and appropriate delegations.
•	The	organisational	culture	should	foster	collaboration,	shared	information, accountability and transparency.
•	High performance, effective systems and processes are required.

•	The KAVHA Advisory Committee should include relevant expertise and representation.

The shared land ownership and statutory context of the KAVHA site suggest that governance should include participation by the Australian Government and the people of Norfolk Island. However, ultimate responsibility vests with the Australian Government. As the State Party to the World Heritage Convention and owner of most of the KAVHA site and its assets, the Australian Government is the appropriate overarching legal entity and should contribute significant resources for the care, control and management of the KAVHA site. The Norfolk Island administration will have capacity to employ staff and deliver services on Norfolk Island, should it choose to do so. Landholders also make a significant contribution through the care, control and management of their own lands.

The heritage values of the KAVHA site require high performance systems and processes to ensure effective management. A fundamental requirement is a single organisational structure with all personnel and operating units reporting to one manager through a simple structure that has clarity in roles, consistent ‘rules’ for all, appropriate levels of delegation, a culture of collaboration, shared information and transparent, effective processes. It is also critical that there is clarity in the responsibilities and roles of the Australian Government and Norfolk Island administration.

The KAVHA Manager will provide advice to the Australian Government. The provision of other services, such as rubbish removal, maintenance or repairs, will be negotiated by the Australian Government and covered in the funding agreement between the Australian Government and Norfolk Island administration.

The Australian Government, the KAVHA Manager and the Advisory Committee should seek expert advice, as required, where conservation and heritage management or other matters, such as engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, ecology, climate change and land use development and planning, are outside of their technical expertise.

 

 

7 <http://whc.unesco.org/en/guidelines> II.F 97.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Text Box: Section 8: Conservation and Management Policies

 

 

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8.1            Natural Environment

The natural environment of the KAVHA site will be conserved, protected and managed to sustain natural systems and heritage values.

8.1.1  Conservation

 

·                 The littoral zone, geology, coastal and terrestrial landforms, watercourses, and flora and fauna will be managed and conserved to ensure natural heritage values and life are sustained in keeping with their listed values and having regard to the other values of the place.

·                 If natural values are assessed to be of higher significance than cultural values, measures to conserve such natural values will be implemented in a way that minimises cultural heritage impacts.

8.1.2  Water

 

·                 Water resources will be managed to sustain diverse marine and terrestrial ecosystems and habitats.

 

·                 Water quality will be regularly monitored using best practice testing methods to ensure optimal water quality standards are achieved throughout the site and for discharge to Emily Bay.

·                 In line with both good heritage management practices and safe water quality practices, water levels and flows will be managed so as to not impact on cultural and natural heritage values, especially historic structures and features, or the cultural landscape as a whole.

·                 In line with both good heritage management practices and safe water quality practices, aquatic weeds and excessive water-borne nutrient and sediment loads within or from the site will be controlled and reduced.

·                 An appropriate grazing and watering regime for cattle will be determined and implemented to protect water quality and significant site features, and ensure public health and safety.

8.1.3  Biodiversity

 

·                 Biodiversity within the KAVHA site will be identified, managed and conserved in conjunction with the recognised cultural heritage values of the site.

·                 A comprehensive survey of biodiversity will be undertaken to understand the species and ecological attributes present on the site, the associated natural heritage values, and to benchmark the current state of conservation.

·                 Measures will be implemented to reduce impacts on and loss of biodiversity, including significant species or ecosystems.

·                 The KAVHA staff will continue to develop skills and capacity to manage environmental values, working with the community in the implementation of environmental improvement programs.

8.1.4  Climate Change

 

·                 Natural and cultural values at greatest risk from climate change will be identified and data collected so that patterns of environmental change may be better understood in line with current data, and should be reported on yearly.

·                 Potential mitigative and adaptive management strategies designed to reduce potential adverse impacts from climate change will be developed, communicated widely and implemented.

·                 Risk preparedness and disaster planning for the KAVHA site will be improved.

 

8.1.5  Waste Management

 

·                 Waste will be managed so as to not impact on the natural and cultural values of the KAVHA site.


·           Waste generated on the KAVHA site will be reduced, reused and recycled wherever possible.

 

·           Sewage and other liquid waste will be managed to prevent pollution of groundwater or surface water.

 

8.1.6  Weed Control

 

·           A strategy for weed management and control will be developed across the whole KAVHA site, including waterways.

·           Woody weed infestations will be actively managed and progressively eradicated from both public and private lands within the KAVHA site.

·           Landholders will be involved in developing and implementing community programs to manage weeds.

 

8.1.7  Introduced Species Management

 

·           Cattle and wild domestic species (geese and chickens) represent significant aspects of Pitcairner history and will be retained within the KAVHA site; but their numbers will be managed and their access to the site may be limited to protect other natural and cultural values, including archaeology, and to facilitate free and comfortable visitor access to the area.

·           Management of cattle will be informed by best practice approaches, including relevant guidelines published by the Australian Government agency, Land and Water Australia.

·           Management of other introduced species will occur as required to conserve natural values, biodiversity and cultural heritage values.

8.1.8  Land Management

 

·           Measures will be implemented, where possible, to stabilise eroded slopes and roadsides through the introduction of appropriate storm water management, weed removal, planting and/or grazing regimes.

·           Existing hills and slope plantings of Norfolk Island pines will be managed through selective thinning, pruning and other appropriate measures to achieve improved cultural landscape and land management outcomes including protecting these slopes from erosion.

·           Sand dunes will continue to be stabilised through planting, management of access and use, and other appropriate measures.

·           Sand mining within the KAVHA site impacts on natural and cultural values; it will be avoided and alternative sand sources sought.

8.1.9  Community Awareness

 

·           The Norfolk Island community, including landholders within the KAVHA site, will be engaged and involved through education, training opportunities and other programs to:

-      build upon existing appreciation of environmental values, and identify issues and solutions;

 

-      understand and help improve water management and quality; and

 

-      continue to contribute to weed management and Landcare projects within the KAVHA site.

 


 

8.2            Cultural Landscape

The KAVHA site’s historic cultural landscape will be conserved and managed to transmit its values, recognising its authenticity as evolved and as part of the life of the community.

8.2.1  Cultural Landscape

 

·           The heritage values present throughout the cultural landscape will be sustained, conserved and interpreted.

·           The historic spatial layout and form of the evolved and partially reconstructed cultural landscape of the KAVHA site and its setting will be conserved and maintained, paying particular attention to aspects of authenticity.

·           The historic system of roads, pathways and field boundaries will be documented, conserved, managed and interpreted.

·           The KAVHA site’s cultural landscape will be recognised and managed as a landscape that includes primary production, such as grazing and agricultural activities.

·           Changes to the cultural landscape will be evidence based to ensure the conservation and transmission of its heritage values. The heritage values and significant tangible and intangible attributes of the KAVHA site’s cultural landscape, and the distinctive characteristics and condition of each precinct, will be reassessed to provide a sound basis for conservation and management.

·           Areas with heritage values will be managed, having regard to identified significance, and any conflicts between natural and cultural values will be resolved through consideration of both values, where appropriate.

·           Systems, processes, skills and resources will be strengthened to ensure cultural landscape management practices enhance and transmit heritage values. The Norfolk Island community will be involved in activities to conserve and enhance the KAVHA site’s cultural landscape.

·           Proposed actions within the KAVHA site’s cultural landscape will be assessed and determined based on evaluation of natural and cultural heritage impacts, including incremental and cumulative impacts.

8.2.2  New Works

 

·           When considering new routes or pathways, priority will be given to reinstating historic routes where possible. The introduction of additional fencing will be avoided, except where fencing or walling is required for conservation or designed to interpret historical fenced boundaries.

8.2.3  Views and Vistas

 

·           Significant views and vistas across, within, to and from the KAVHA site will be identified, maintained and interpreted.

·           New development and other activities will be designed and located so that they do not impact on the ability to appreciate and understand significant historical visual connections within the KAVHA site.

·           Views to and from Government House and the former convict barracks area will be reinstated as the opportunity arises.

·           Car parking will be rationalised and located so as to not intrude upon significant views and vistas.


8.2.4  Setting and Subdivision

 

·                 The landscape setting will be conserved and managed to reflect the natural and cultural heritage values and character of the KAVHA site.

·                 Development and activities within the setting will be controlled and managed so as to not impact or detract from the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of heritage values.

·                 Subdivision and rezoning of private land along the boundary of the KAVHA site will be considered, having regard to potential benefits for landholders and any potential heritage impacts, including impacts on the setting, views and vistas of the KAVHA site.

8.2.5  Cultural Plantings

 

·                 The health of cultural plantings will be monitored.

 

·                 Where trees pose a risk to public health and safety, or other heritage values, they will be removed, in whole or part.

·                 Safe work methods will be employed when pruning or felling trees to minimise the risk of accident or injury.

·                 A seed bank and/or plant cuttings system  will be established and made available to provide replacement stock for replanting; this may include seed collection from early varieties (whether original to the site or reintroduced) or retention of the genetic material of the plant.

·                 New tree plantings will be designed and located so as to not impact on views, potential or known archaeological resources, buildings or structures.

·                 The existing significant memorial trees will be maintained. No new planted memorial avenues or individual memorial trees will be planted on the KAVHA site.

·                 A policy will be developed covering the replacement or removal of existing significant trees and memorial avenues when they become senescent.

·                 Agricultural plantings and crops will be permitted within the KAVHA site in recognition that it is (in part) a landscape with a history of grazing and agriculture, and to interpret the cultural landscapes of the Colonial, Penal and Pitcairner settlements, particularly in Watermill Valley and its tributaries. Any such plantings or crops will be based on historical and/or archaeological evidence, subject to environmental and heritage impact and risk assessment, and considered having regard to the appropriateness of species and the labour required for ongoing management, so that it is sustainable.

·                 Private landholders will be encouraged and supported to conserve and manage significant cultural plantings and future cultural plantings in accordance with this policy.

8.2.6  Public Gardens

 

·                 The Government House and Quality Row Gardens Conservation Management Plan will be reviewed and updated to include plant lists for the kitchen and ornamental gardens within the KAVHA site.

·                 Residents of Commonwealth owned houses within the KAVHA site, particularly Government House and Quality Row, will be required to retain the garden design and plantings in accordance with relevant landscape garden plans. It will be a condition of residency/tenancy that gardens are not changed and that access for ongoing garden management and maintenance is available.

·                 The health and vigour of current garden plantings will be assessed. Gardens will be regularly maintained and monitored to ensure high standards of presentation and visitor experience.


 

·                 Cattle and other introduced species will be actively managed to ensure gardens are conserved and damage is prevented.

·                 Significant senescent garden plants will be removed and replaced with same or similar species, where practical.

·                 The introduction of fruit and vegetable gardens to interpret the history of self-sufficiency will be considered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


8.3            Structures and Objects

The  fabric  and  layered  heritage  values  attributed  to  the  buildings,  structures,  ruins, movable items and objects will continue to be conserved, managed and transmitted.

8.3.1  Fabric Conservation

 

·                 All works to significant buildings, structures or ruins within the KAVHA site will be consistent with the principles and practices of the Burra Charter.

·                 Best practice standards will be implemented for the conservation of significant fabric within the KAVHA site.

·                 Conservation projects will involve appropriately skilled and trained professionals and tradespeople.

 

·                 Resources will be made available to enable works to be undertaken so that the heritage values of the KAVHA site are conserved.

·                 Activities and actions that may impact on significant heritage fabric will be avoided.

 

·                 Fabric conservation will respect the historic layering of individual buildings, structures and ruins.

 

·                 The authenticity and integrity of historic buildings, structures and objects will be conserved to enhance the appreciation and understanding of heritage values.

·                 Remaining unaltered original finishes and materials will be preserved and not changed.

 

·                 Conservation works will be prioritised to address unstable or deteriorated fabric first.

 

·                 Accurate records of all physical works within the KAVHA site will be maintained and updated as required, both digitally and in hard copy.

·                 Required approvals, including planning approval from the Norfolk Island administration, will be obtained prior to commencement of works within the KAVHA site.

·                 Intrusive and incompatible fabric will be removed as and when appropriate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

8.3.2  Maintenance

 

·                 Cyclical maintenance of significant buildings, structures and ruins will be undertaken as a normal part of day-to-day KAVHA site management.

·                 Modern materials will be avoided where they may be likely to impact upon or cause damage to significant original fabric.

·                 If damage to significant fabric occurs during works, work in the area will cease and appropriate advice will be sought.

·                 Consultation and cooperation will occur with landholders to facilitate appropriate maintenance of significant buildings and features on freehold and leasehold land.

8.3.3  Buildings

 

·                 Buildings that are currently in government ownership will remain in public ownership.

 

·                 Any new work to significant buildings will be readily identifiable as new work, but not designed or selected so as to dominate original fabric.

·                 Adaptation works will not significantly impact on heritage values.

 

·                 Historic buildings will be actively and appropriately used, where possible.

 

·                 Continuing, altering or reinstating a significant use is appropriate and may proceed, subject to balancing any consequent adverse impact on significant historic fabric.

·                 The external configuration and significant internal spaces of significant buildings will be retained and internal spaces restored to earlier layouts, where practicable and appropriate (eg removal of intrusive modern partitions).

·                 Traditional building materials and techniques will be used where possible to retain the handmade individual characteristics of each building.

·                 The physical conservation and presentation of buildings will have regard to all significant heritage values and attributes of the place, including those that contribute to Outstanding Universal Value, but also those associated with Pitcairner history and heritage.

·                 Public buildings will be adaptively reused, rather than left vacant, to enhance and transmit heritage values.

 

 

 


8.3.4  Ruins

 

·                Ruins will be conserved, managed and interpreted in accordance with the principles and approach in Ruins: A guide to conservation and management.

·                Reconstruction and restoration of ruins will be avoided unless essential for physical conservation or approved interpretation programs.

·                Standing ruins will be interpreted using devices that are designed to make them ‘come alive again’ so as to enhance visitor appreciation, enjoyment and understanding, and avoid significant physical impacts or reconstruction.

·                Consideration will be given to removing areas of grass, or other minor works projects, which may reveal the historic layout and form of the gaol but will not adversely impact on significant heritage values.

8.3.5  Cemetery

 

·                The headstones and gravesites within the cemetery will be conserved.

 

·                A prioritised program of cemetery conservation works will be prepared.

 

·                Appropriate professional advice will be sought to guide and supervise conservation and management.

·                Family history research focused on the cemetery will be promoted and encouraged.

 

·                Existing graves and burial sites (both marked and unmarked) will continue to be identified on a plan which includes information provided through research.

 

 

 

 


 

8.3.6  Other Structures

 

·                 Other historic structures—including dams, bridges, seawalls, roads, culverts and drainage systems

will be conserved and managed as part of the cultural heritage fabric of the KAVHA site.

 

·                 A conservation policy will be prepared for individual significant historic structures within the KAVHA site.

 

·                 All works to significant historic structures will be consistent with the principles and practices of the Burra Charter.

·                 Original fabric will be retained, repaired and stabilised, in preference to the introduction of replacement fabric.

8.3.7  Movable Items

 

·                 Movable items that reflect the significant values of the KAVHA site, and which provide sources of historical evidence, will be identified and documented.

·                 Movable items in public ownership will be managed as part of the cultural heritage fabric of the KAVHA site, recognising the different ownership and management arrangements for the existing collections (Norfolk Island Museum Trust, KAVHA and HMS Sirius), and that some movable items which relate to the KAVHA site may be held off site and/or in other public and private collections.

·                 An inventory, condition and significance assessment will be prepared for the KAVHA site’s movable heritage in public ownership.

·                 Movable items in public ownership will be securely stored, displayed appropriately and accessible as reference points for people to foster and maintain traditional skills and cultural practices.

·                 Movable items from HMS Sirius and HMAV Bounty will be recognised as part of the KAVHA site story.

·                 Movable items in public ownership will be used to tell the stories of people and places in and associated with the KAVHA site, to strengthen interpretation and visitor engagement.

 

 


8.4            Archaeology

The  archaeological  resources  of  the  KAVHA  site  will  be  managed  to  retain  their  cultural heritage values and realise their research potential.

8.4.1  Conservation of the Resource

 

·                Archaeological sites and features will be identified, protected and conserved. These include relics, ruins and standing structures, as well as subsurface deposits and artefacts.

·                An integrated Archaeological Zoning Plan will be prepared for the KAVHA site, incorporating the existing CAD plan and other data, to document known and predicted areas of archaeological sensitivity and known disturbed areas. This plan will be updated as new information becomes available.

·                Damage or intervention to archaeological sites will be avoided and any impact will be strictly managed through approved works only, in conjunction with archaeological supervision.

·                New development, works and maintenance activities which involve substantial ground disturbance will be preceded by a site specific assessment of archaeological sensitivity (informed by the Archaeological Zoning Plan).

·                New development, works and maintenance will be designed and managed to avoid or minimise impact on archaeological resources. This will include a willingness to make changes during works when archaeological features are encountered.

·                Impact on archaeological resources will be taken into account in assessing the overall heritage and environmental impacts of development and works proposals.

·                A Code of Practice will be developed for archaeological investigations at the KAVHA site.

 

·                Advice and assistance will be provided to landholders regarding archaeological resources, issues and requirements, in appropriate circumstances.

8.4.2  Pre-Colonial

 

·                Archaeological investigation and research into potential Polynesian occupation of the KAVHA site will be encouraged.

·                Pre-colonial sites will be accorded the same level of protection and management as historical archaeological sites.

·                Pre-colonial archaeological sites and stories will be included in the KAVHA site interpretation.

 


 

8.4.3  Colonial and Post-Colonial Archaeology

 

·                 Colonial and post-colonial archaeological research projects will be encouraged.

 

·                 All colonial and post-colonial archaeological research projects will be preceded by the preparation of a thorough archaeological assessment which gathers and considers information already available from previous research or documentary sources.

·                 Colonial and post-colonial archaeological sites and stories will be included in the KAVHA site interpretation.

8.4.4  Artefacts

 

·                 Archaeological artefacts will be managed as part of the authentic significant fabric and movable heritage of the KAVHA site.

·                 Excavated artefacts will be analysed, catalogued and physically conserved, consistent with best practice museum standards.

·                 Budgets for archaeological investigations (whether undertaken in conjunction with works or as research projects) will include upfront budgetary provisions for artefact analysis, cataloguing, conservation and long-term curation.

8.4.5  Research

 

·                 Archaeological research will be encouraged and facilitated, with preference given to projects that contribute to current heritage management or interpretation needs and priorities.

·                 All archaeological research projects will be approved and undertaken in accordance with an archaeological research design which sets out an agreed methodology and demonstrates how the proposed research will benefit current and future generations.

8.4.6  Archaeological Records

 

·                 Comprehensive archival records, including text, photographs and sketches, will be made in all cases where archaeological features or deposits are disturbed.

·                 Archaeological investigations (whether undertaken in conjunction with works or as research projects) will include the preparation of post-investigation reports, including comprehensive research archives of all relevant records, responses to research design questions and recommendations for future archaeological heritage management. All investigations will be carried out according to an approved specific research design and methodology.

·                 Information gained from archaeological activities will be made available to the KAVHA Manager and integrated into site management inventories and other resources.

 


8.5            Living Cultural Traditions and Community Connections

Knowledge and living cultural traditions will be respected and celebrated as an integral and significant aspect of the KAVHA site’s heritage value.

8.5.1  Cultural Traditions

 

·                 The distinctive culture and traditions of the Norfolk Island community will be acknowledged in a manner that is inclusive of different people, perspectives and practices.

·                 The cultural interests and needs of the Norfolk Island community, as a whole or in part, will be respected and accommodated.

·                 The use of Norf’k language will be supported in a manner which is respectful to the entire Norfolk Island community.

·                 The revival of cultural traditions and traditional practices associated with the site and its movable heritage collections will be encouraged.

·                 Expression of traditional skills will be actively supported. Such skills may include, for example, the harvesting and weaving of flax and reeds, collecting and cooking traditional foods, seamanship in the unloading of ships, and traditional building techniques.

·                 Norfolk Islander traditions, stories and cultural activities may be shared with visitors to the site where Norfolk Islanders agree that this is appropriate. Visitors will be asked to respect the privacy of some Norfolk Islander events such as funerals and commemorations.

8.5.2  Traditional and Community Uses

 

·                 The Norfolk Island community will continue to have free access and use of public areas of the KAVHA site to encourage and support traditional cultural practices. It is acknowledged that uses may change over time as Norfolk Island culture changes.

·                 Traditional uses of the KAVHA site will continue into the future where these uses can be identified as part of the culture and traditions of Norfolk Islanders. Traditional uses may include recreation, sports, religious, residential, administration, legal, governance, and other land and sea uses.

·                 Where an existing long-term use is no long compatible with the heritage or environmental values of the space within which it occurs, or where the space is not able to accommodate the changing needs of that use without compromising the heritage values of that space, relocation of the use may occur. Prior to relocation, the traditional aspects of the use will be documented.

·                 The reintroduction or revival of traditional uses and activities will be based on prior research and community consultation.

·                 The public open space at the KAVHA site will continue to be available for Norfolk Islanders to visit free of charge.

·                 Contemporary community uses at the KAVHA site including sport, active and passive recreation, relaxation, picnicking, launching vessels, religious activities, musical events and the arts will be supported and encouraged.

·                 Use of the KAVHA site for private family events being held by Norfolk Islanders will be encouraged.

 

·                 A community based program will be developed to help re-engage disaffected Norfolk Island community members with the KAVHA site.

·                 Research into and documentation of the cultural landscape history of KAVHA will be supported with the aim of understanding change over time.


 

·                 The KAVHA site will be recognised as a commemorative landscape where the contribution of Norfolk Island to the defence of the Australian nation is remembered, in keeping with other heritage values of the KAVHA site.

8.5.3  Specific Uses

 

·                 The KAVHA site will continue to be available to the Norfolk Island community for significant celebrations and commemorations, such as the Anniversary (Bounty) Day re-enactment, picnic and cricket match, Foundation Day, Australia Day, ANZAC Day and Thanksgiving.

·                 The cemetery will continue to be used for burials. Research into and documentation of the location of previous and new burials will be supported.

·                 The sustainable agricultural use of the private land within the KAVHA site will be encouraged and supported, especially where such use assists in interpreting the phases of settlement and helps protect the heritage values.

·                 Traditional agricultural and grazing uses on the public land areas of the KAVHA site, including the Common, may be continued, but need to be managed so there are no adverse impacts on heritage or environmental values.

·                 The significant traditional agricultural use of Watermill Valley, including the use of the dam, will be continued. The potential to reintroduce a wider range of agricultural and horticultural uses to interpret the historical landscape will be investigated but would need to be managed so there are no adverse impacts on heritage or environmental values.

8.5.4  The Continuation and Transmission of Values

 

·                 The World, National, Commonwealth and Norfolk Island heritage values of the KAVHA site will be communicated.

·                 The heritage values that the KAVHA site holds for the Norfolk Island community will be respected and supported, recognising that this place is part of the foundation story for the present-day Norfolk Island community. These values will be documented and taken into account in site management.

·                 Where identified heritage values appear to be in conflict, a process will be established to seek, wherever possible, the co-existence and therefore the retention of all values. This policy recognises that conflicting values may be expressed within the Norfolk Islander community or between World, National and Norfolk Island values.

·                 Knowledge about the history, traditions and cultural expressions associated with the community of Norfolk Island will be recorded and presented at the KAVHA site.

·                 The expression, sharing, continuation and transmission of cultural traditions and knowledge at the KAVHA site will be designed to benefit the Norfolk Island community.

 


8.6            Sustainable Development

The heritage values of the KAVHA site will be sustainably managed and utilised to meet the needs of present and future generations.

8.6.1  Ownership

 

·                 The natural and cultural heritage values of the KAVHA site will be protected across different ownerships, tenures and agencies.

·                 Government owned assets within the KAVHA site may be leased to a public or private entity or individual to accommodate a compatible use.

·                 The protection of heritage values, responsibility for maintenance, and limitations on modifications or use will be included in any lease or tenancy agreement for government owned land, sites or buildings, including garden areas and tree plantations.

·                 Privately owned land—containing significant heritage assets or land needed for KAVHA site operational purposes—which is offered for sale, should be purchased by the Commonwealth, subject to availability of funds.

8.6.2  Use

 

·                 Conservation of the heritage values of the KAVHA site will allow for compatible use of heritage buildings and the place itself.

·                 The KAVHA site will continue to be available for significant traditional uses and cultural traditions, community uses and other uses compatible with its heritage values. These uses include: long or short- term residential accommodation; government administration; community sporting, recreation and leisure activities and associated facilities; port functions and related facilities; museum facilities; tourist functions and activities; community ceremonies, festivals, commemorations, spiritual worship, burial services, processions and other community practices; and agricultural and cultural traditions.

·                 Uses that are an expression of the heritage values of the KAVHA site or that actively contribute to an understanding of its significance will be actively encouraged and supported, where resources permit.

·                 Uses and activities that lessen, obscure or confuse the heritage values or are unrelated to the KAVHA site will be discouraged.

·                 Interior spaces may be adapted, as required, to allow significant traditional uses and cultural traditions to continue, provided impact on other heritage values is minimised.

·                 Compatible uses within the KAVHA site are those that contribute to the conservation and transmission of the heritage values, involve no or minimal impact on any aspect of cultural significance and meet the following conditions: minimal requirement for excavation; fit the spaces and volumes available without alteration to significant fabric; do not require extensive new services; do not require large new structures; do not require overt or fixed advertising; do not conflict with significant existing uses; and do not overload structures.

8.6.3  New Buildings and Works

 

·                 Any proposals for new buildings within the KAVHA site will be referred to the Department of the Environment for assessment.

·                 New buildings and works may be constructed to accommodate compatible uses, continue a significant traditional use or as part of the conservation and/or interpretation of the KAVHA site, including visitor orientation.


 

·                 New buildings and works will not detract from the heritage values or character of the KAVHA site and its setting, nor disturb archaeological remains or significant underground features. New buildings or structures which have negative heritage impact will not be permitted.

·                 Design of any new buildings and works within the KAVHA site will be based on an understanding of the pattern of development and reflect the overall design concept of the KAVHA site and its townscape character.

·                 New buildings and works will be carefully designed and sited to ensure they are unobtrusive and consistent with the visual qualities of their setting.

·                 Subject to planning approval, small-scale residential, agricultural or tourist facilities may be built within area E and limited parts of areas M and N, provided that they are designed and sited to have no impact on significant views and vistas from the KAVHA site or from key viewing points.

·                 New buildings and works will be detailed with care and design excellence, use modern materials and techniques to distinguish new from old, be comparable to the old in quality, use the existing buildings and planning as a starting point for design, and address the existing built form in scale, massing, materials, colour and texture without mimicry or replication.

·                 Major new bridges, roads, slipways, piers or other major engineering structures will not be constructed within the KAVHA site. New culverts may be constructed provided that they do not impact on archaeological remains or other significant features.

·                 Any proposed new building that is outside the KAVHA site boundary, but which could impact on the heritage values of the KAVHA site (via works, view lines, runoff or any other matter), will be assessed for heritage impact as part of the development approval process.

8.6.4  Alterations, Additions and New Work to Significant Buildings and Structures

 

·                 Alterations and additions will generally be located within existing building envelopes. External additions may be considered provided they have historical precedent, result in minimal or no heritage impact, are not visually prominent, are distinguishable from original features, and are reversible.

·                 The design of new elements in existing buildings and structures will be based on an understanding of and respect for the existing construction, and will reflect the original design concept and spatial arrangements.

·                 New work to a significant building or structure will be used as an opportunity to enhance or recover heritage value.

·                 The spatial qualities of existing buildings and structures will be conserved by retaining existing configurations including large spaces, avoiding additions in halls and stairwells, utilising existing windows and doors, and using transparent materials, where necessary.

·                 Where a proposed new use requires major alteration to significant fabric, preference will be given to changing the use rather than the fabric; where the new use involves the reintroduction of a significant traditional use, consideration of the heritage values to be impacted by changing either the fabric or the use will be carefully analysed to seek the best solution.

8.6.5  Infrastructure and Services

 

·                 Infrastructure, facilities and services will support the use and enjoyment of the KAVHA site without damaging the heritage values.

·                 Existing roads, bridges and access routes will be conserved and may continue to be used. Weight limits or other measures may be used to protect significant bridges and culverts where necessary.


·                 Services infrastructure, particularly electricity, will be assessed and upgraded as necessary, consistent with conservation requirements, user needs and workplace health and safety considerations.

·                 New services will be carefully designed to avoid disturbing or damaging significant fabric and will be, where possible, installed in areas of reconstructed or new fabric, or in a manner which minimises damage to original fabric.

·                 Original design features such as roof vents and fanlights will be utilised to improve the internal environment of significant buildings, in preference to changes to original fabric or configurations, or the introduction of new services.

·                 Air-conditioning and other modern services will not be installed in areas of high significance or where they would be intrusive or impact on significant fabric.

8.6.6  Commercial Development

 

·                 No new large-scale commercial development will be permitted within the KAVHA site.

 

·                 Small-scale commercial development and activities associated with a compatible use, interpretation, or visitor orientation and services may be considered, subject to planning approval.

·                 Small-scale commercial activities essential to re-establishing or supporting compatible or traditional uses, including agriculture, will be encouraged.

·                 The re-introduction of cultural traditions and traditional uses and activities to the KAVHA site will be encouraged and may comprise commercial activities.

8.6.7  Approval Processes

 

·                 Heritage values will be protected by coordinated planning measures, regulations and heritage impact assessment processes.

·                 Government and private proponents will be required to make applications and referrals in accordance with both Australian and Norfolk Island legislation, including assessing heritage impact.

·                 Proposals which may have a significant impact will be subject to referral under the EPBC Act.

 

·                 Approval will  be required under Norfolk Island  statutes for change of use, development  and construction works.

·                 Any activity which is subject to an EPBC referral or requires planning and development applications will be assessed for compliance with this HMP.

·                 Government agencies involved in planning approvals will cooperate to achieve integrated processes and consistent outcomes.

·                 Guidelines which identify compatible uses and potential locations for new development within the KAVHA site will be prepared and made readily available.

·                 Information about the KAVHA site’s heritage significance and archaeological  potential will be incorporated into the Norfolk Island land information system.

·                 Heritage assessment tools which have been developed for the KAVHA site (such as historic plan overlays and databases/inventories) will  be made available  for use by applicants and in the planning assessment process.

·                 Information and advice about heritage values, application procedures and any technical requirements will be provided to applicants seeking development or use approvals.


 

8.6.8  Impact Assessment

 

·                 The heritage impact of development proposals, changes of use and the annual works program will be formally assessed.

·                 Options and potential for change to proposals will be considered to minimise identified adverse heritage impacts.

·                 Heritage impact assessment will include evaluation of the impact of proposals on significant views.

 

·                 The impact of minor works, including alterations, will be assessed to ensure that incremental change does not cause the gradual loss of heritage values.

·                 Excavation or other disturbance to the KAVHA site will be preceded by investigation to determine whether there could be adverse impact or whether technical advice or assistance is necessary.

8.6.9  Monitoring

 

·                 The condition of the heritage values, the state of preservation of the tangible and intangible attributes, and the impact of use will be monitored annually.

·                 Structures with known structural defects will be monitored as necessary, or according to engineering advice, so that any movement can be reported and addressed immediately.

·                 Stabilised ruins will be monitored annually.

 

·                 Structural timbers in occupied buildings will be monitored for defects (including borer damage and rot) whenever maintenance work is carried out, and at least every three years.

·                 Rainwater disposal systems will be inspected after severe storms and at least annually, with repairs or defects being addressed immediately.

·                 The results of monitoring will be reported to the KAVHA Advisory Committee annually with reports to consider and identify any decline of values or fabric condition or of overuse, as well as remedial measures.

 


8.7            Tourism

Tourism within the KAVHA site will be managed to provide visitor experiences that exceed expectations, minimise site impacts and deliver benefits for local people through collaborative partnerships with the tourism industry.

8.7.1  Sustainable Tourism

 

·                 Sustainable tourism at the KAVHA site will balance environmental, cultural, social and economic considerations, thereby meeting the needs of current generations without compromising the needs of future generations.

·                 Tourism at the KAVHA site will be recognised as an essential element of the Norfolk Island economy, as well as contributing to the long-term sustainability of the place itself and the local community.

·                 Tourism will be actively managed and encouraged within the KAVHA site as an integral aspect of its present and future conservation and management.

·                 Tourism within the KAVHA site will occur in a way which retains, recognises and interprets natural and cultural heritage values.

·                 Participants in the tourism industry at the KAVHA site will model best practice behaviours and practices.

 

·                 Cross promotion and tourism packages will be explored in collaboration with the other properties which are part of the Australian Convict Sites.

8.7.2  Visitor Experience

 

·                 Delivery of positive and engaging experiences, which meet or exceed visitor needs and expectations, will be a primary objective of tourism activity within the KAVHA site.

·                 Tourism at the KAVHA site will inform visitors about the heritage values of the place and its conservation.

·                 Appropriate visitor behaviour will be identified and encouraged for all visitors.

 

·                 Appropriate experiences will be offered to different tourism market segments, so that the full range of visitors will have a positive experience.

·                 Regular visitor evaluation will guide and inform the development of tourism products and experiences.

·                 Inclusion of the KAVHA site as part of the Great Norfolk Walk will be supported.

 

8.7.3  Conservation

 

·                 Requirements for conservation will take precedence over requirements for  tourism within the KAVHA site.

·                 Tourism activities will not cause physical damage to significant historic fabric.

 

·                 Tourism activities will not adversely affect the natural environment and will be managed to avoid wider environmental impacts (both on and off site), such as erosion or pollution.

·                 Tourism activities will respect and not hinder or impede  continuing cultural traditions. Where appropriate, cultural traditions will be included within tourism activities.

·                 Consideration of proposals for new tourism activities or facilities will be preceded by the evaluation of potential impact on natural or cultural heritage values.


 

8.7.4  Community Benefits

 

·                 Tourism within the KAVHA site will be managed as a Norfolk Island community resource.

 

·                 Tourism will deliver economic and social benefits to local people through specific partnership arrangements and wider community involvement.

·                 Tourism activities which support local traditions, and cultural expressions will be encouraged.

 

·                 Tourism activities which provide economic benefits for local people will be encouraged.

 

8.7.5  Communication of Heritage Values

 

·                 Tourism will have a vital, ongoing role in communicating the natural and cultural heritage values of the KAVHA site.

·                 The history and significance of the KAVHA site, including individual elements and related places, will be communicated to visitors, both on and off site.

·                 Primary research and historical evidence will inform and guide the development of tourism experiences.

·                 The tourism industry and KAVHA site management will collaborate to ensure that appropriate training and education is available for tourism industry personnel, and that heritage values and other relevant information are communicated to visitors in a coordinated, accurate and consistent manner.

·                 Cooperative opportunities for promotion of heritage values to visitor markets linked to other properties which are part of the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage property will be explored, as outlined in the Australian Convict Sites Strategic Management Framework.

8.7.6  Industry Partnership

 

·                 The tourism industry will be recognised as a key stakeholder in the conservation and management of the KAVHA site.

·                 The Australian Government and KAVHA Manager will participate in, and contribute to the strategic development of the tourism industry on Norfolk Island and the implementation of the Norfolk Island Strategic Plan, as part of their roles in the conservation and management of the KAVHA site.

·                 Tourism at the KAVHA site will be managed through a collaborative and consultative process involving KAVHA site management and local tourism industry representatives.

·                 Representatives from the tourism industry will be provided with opportunities to become actively involved through communication and collaboration.

·                 Representatives from the tourism industry will be consulted to identify their needs and opportunities.

 

·                 Participants in the tourism industry will be recognised as contributing partners in the conservation and management of the KAVHA site.

·                 Projects which concurrently benefit the KAVHA site and support tourism will be identified and accorded implementation priority.

·                 Provision will be made for a financial contribution towards the conservation and management of the KAVHA site from commercial tourism activities. These arrangements will be developed and introduced through a consultative process so as to minimise impact on the tourism industry and maximise the reinvestment potential of tourism into KAVHA in a sustainable manner for both heritage and tourism.

·                 Private community events (such as weddings) will be encouraged and financial contributions will only be sought on a cost recovery basis.


8.8           Education and Interpretation

Education and interpretation will stimulate, enchant and enrich visitor understanding and experience of the heritage values of the KAVHA site.

8.8.1  Education

 

·                All visitors will be educated regarding the natural and cultural heritage values of the KAVHA site.

 

·                Opportunities will be provided to the tourism industry to learn about the history and heritage values of the KAVHA site.

·                The local community and visitors to the Island will be encouraged to help conserve the values for current and future generations.

·                The Norfolk Island School will be encouraged to participate in excursions and other events at the KAVHA site to learn about the history and heritage values.

·                Educational kits and programs linked to the National Curriculum will be developed for the KAVHA site.

 

·                A children’s activity sheet will be developed for families with children that visit the KAVHA site.

 

·                Public events including seminars and talks will be offered periodically to educate and engage people about the history and significance of the KAVHA site.

·                KAVHA staff will identify opportunities to learn from the education programs and activities at other properties which are part of the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage property.

 

 

 

 

 


 

8.8.2  Interpretation

 

·                 The living history and heritage values of the KAVHA site will be transmitted to visitors.

 

·                 The local community will be encouraged to participate in the planning and delivery of interpretation activities on and off site.

·                 The KAVHA Interpretation Strategy will be reviewed and updated to align with this HMP, and expanded to become a project based Interpretation Plan.

·                 The KAVHA site will be branded and presented as one of the 11 places which comprise the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage property.

·                 A broader range of stories will be interpreted at the KAVHA site to ensure that the layered and living history of the site (including Pitcairn and Polynesian history and heritage) is transmitted.

·                 An updated series of visitor maps and brochures will be prepared for visitors.

 

·                 Wayfinding and interpretive signage along thematic walks will be improved.

 

·                 Consideration will be given to innovative forms of interpretation including installations, artworks and soundscapes.

·                 Consideration will be given to the development of a digital interpretive experience so as to reach a wider audience.

8.8.3  Museum

 

·                 The KAVHA Research Centre and Norfolk Island Museum will collaborate to present the values and stories of the KAVHA site, and will work towards an alignment of activities and processes.

·                 A strategic plan will be prepared to coordinate the research, curatorial and interpretative activities for the KAVHA site.

·                 The Norfolk Island Museum will engage with the KAVHA Manager to ensure clear and direct communication and coordination.

·                 The Norfolk Island Museum will seek opportunities to share resources to deliver improved visitor services.

·                 The Norfolk Island Museum will continue to receive sufficient funding to manage and deliver visitor services.

·                 Movable heritage and collections will be used to interpret and transmit the stories and values of the KAVHA site.

·                 KAVHA staff will actively shape and contribute to the interpretation and storytelling across the KAVHA site.

 


8.9            Governance and Capacity

Institutional arrangements will include the vision, leadership, expertise, organisational capacity and resources required to manage and conserve the natural and cultural values of the KAVHA site.

8.9.1  Management Structure

 

·                 One organisation, the Commonwealth as represented by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, will have overall responsibility for management of the KAVHA site. It will be informed by an Advisory Committee, comprised of community and expert members.

·                 The KAVHA site will have a simple management structure, with clarity in roles and appropriate delegations.

·                 The KAVHA Manager will be responsible for coordinating conservation and management activities across the entire KAVHA site, including Commonwealth lands, public reserves, and both freehold and leasehold private lands.

·                 The KAVHA Manager will have overall responsibility for the care, control, coordination and management of the KAVHA site, including contract management responsibilities, and will report to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

8.9.2  Intergovernmental Relationships and Roles

 

·                 Ultimate responsibility for the conservation and management of the KAVHA site vests in the Australian Government as a majority landowner and the relevant State Party to the World Heritage Convention. However, governance of the KAVHA site will include opportunities for participation by private landholders and the Norfolk Island community.

·                 The Australian Government will continue to contribute significant resources for the conservation and management of the KAVHA site. However, the Norfolk Island community may also contribute to the resourcing requirements.

·                 The institutional, resourcing and management arrangements for the KAVHA site will be set out in a written agreement between the Australian Government and the Norfolk Island administration.

·                 The Norfolk Island administration may contribute to the conservation and management of the KAVHA site through delivery of agreed services, maintenance and repairs.

·                 Cooperative opportunities will be explored with other properties which are part of the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage property through the Australian Convict Sites Steering Committee.

8.9.3  KAVHA Advisory Committee

 

·                 The KAVHA Advisory Committee was established to provide advice on the implementation of this HMP, including issues relating to heritage and collections management, public land management, cultural tourism, economic development and the cultural life of the Norfolk Island community.

·                 The KAVHA Advisory Committee will include a minimum of five members with no less than two Norfolk Island community members (including landholder representation), no less than two expert members (with skills in place management, heritage, cultural tourism and/or collections), and a senior Australian Government official as Chair.

·                 The Australian Government will identify annual priorities for the KAVHA Advisory Committee to consider, ensure that adequate opportunities are provided to consult with the Norfolk Island community, and report progress and achievements.

·                 The Australian Government will provide strategic advice to the KAVHA Manager on priority actions and funding priorities.


 

8.9.4  Institutional Capacity

 

·                 KAVHA will have access to professional and technical skills in cultural heritage site management.

 

·                 The KAVHA Manager will develop and foster a culture of collaboration, shared information, accountability and transparency.

·                 Staff positions and roles at the KAVHA site will be determined based on priorities for conservation, management and interpretation outlined in the Service Delivery Agreement between the Commonwealth and the Norfolk Island Regional Council or through arrangements with private contractors. The priorities will be based on expert advice and community consultation.

·                 KAVHA site personnel will be engaged based on skills and experience that are directly related to the requirements for conserving, managing and interpreting the site. Wherever possible, preference should be given to engaging local suppliers.

·                 Opportunities will be identified for KAVHA staff and private landholders to undertake relevant training and skills acquisition.

·                 Opportunities will be identified to facilitate the intergenerational transfer of traditional heritage skills.

 

·                 KAVHA site management will apply consistent rules for all staff and other stakeholders (including agencies, the tourism industry and landholders).

·                 The funding agreement will establish appropriate levels of delegation so as to empower and authorise KAVHA staff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


8.9.5  Funding

 

·                 As a majority landowner and the relevant State Party to the World Heritage Convention, the Australian Government has primary responsibility for funding the care, control and management of the KAVHA site.

·                 Capital and operational funding requirements for the KAVHA site will be determined based on priorities for conservation, management and interpretation.

·                 Operational and capital funding priorities will be determined annually by the Australian Government in consultation with the KAVHA Manager, KAVHA Advisory Committee, and landholder and wider community input, consistent with this HMP.

·                 Funding from additional resource streams will be actively pursued, including:

 

-      commercial income from appropriate new site uses;

 

-      contributions from tourism (determined consultatively with the Norfolk Island tourism industry);

 

-      access to additional grant funding;

 

-      philanthropy; and

 

-      sponsorship.

 

·                 Priority programs and projects at the KAVHA site will be prioritised according to:

 

-      requirements for safe working conditions and visitor safety;

 

-      conservation of World Heritage, National Heritage, Commonwealth Heritage and Norfolk Island values;

-      cyclical maintenance needs;

 

-      interpretation of World Heritage, National Heritage and Norfolk Island values;

 

-      visitor facilities; and

 

-      commercial opportunities.

 

·                 Opportunities will be pursued to support landholders with applications for funding assistance for private conservation projects.

8.9.6  Records and Inventories

 

·                 Existing archival records related to the KAVHA site will be retained, catalogued and conserved. As resources allow, existing hardcopy archival records will be transferred to electronic media.

·                 The existing heritage inventory for the KAVHA site will be reviewed and updated annually.

 

·                 Comprehensive archival records, including digital photographic records, will be made of changes to any building, ruin, work, site or landscape area.

·                 A schedule of traditional uses will be prepared for each building, ruin, work, site or landscape area.

 

·                 One centralised set of records will be maintained of all conservation and management decisions.

 

·                 Hardcopy records will be archived, curated and made available within the KAVHA site for legitimate management and research purposes.

·                 A central electronic repository will be established to contain:

 

-      all reports prepared on the KAVHA site;


 

-      historical images and historical reference material;

 

-      an inventory of site features; and

 

-      schedules of works undertaken and proposed, linked to the inventory of site features.

 

·                 The electronic repository will be made available online for management and research purposes.

 

8.9.7  Adoption and Status

 

·                 This HMP was approved by the interim KAVHA Steering Group and advice has been provided by the Minister for the Environment that it is consistent with World Heritage Principles under the EPBC Act.

·                 The principles and policies of the HMP will prevail over other KAVHA site management documents, including previous reports and non-statutory guidelines.

·                 This HMP will be the basis for evaluating proposed programs and actions at KAVHA.

 

8.9.8  Transition and Implementation

 

·                 The KAVHA Manager will prepare an implementation plan and provide regular reports to the Australian Government, KAVHA Advisory Committee and the community on the progress of actions identified in this HMP.

8.9.9  Review of the Heritage Management Plan

 

·                 Review of this HMP will commence in 2020. Changes to the site’s governance arrangements are expected to be ongoing during this time and will be reported on annually.

·                 The next review of the HMP will include community consultation and public exhibition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


8.10               Communication and Engagement

Effective  and  inclusive  communication  with  the  community  and  stakeholders  will  foster information sharing and support for a common vision for the conservation of the KAVHA site.

8.10.1  Participation

 

·                 Key stakeholders—individuals and organisations—will be identified and actively involved in the implementation of the HMP through effective processes of communication, involvement and collaboration.

·                 The issues on which the Norfolk Island community and other stakeholders will be engaged and methods for engagement will be identified and publicly documented.

·                 Stakeholders will be provided with opportunities to comment on proposed changes which affect the conservation and management of the KAVHA site.

·                 Opportunities will be pursued for Norfolk Islanders to contribute to KAVHA through volunteer involvement and partnerships between the KAVHA staff and the Norfolk Island School, as well as programs such as work experience, apprenticeships or internships.

8.10.2  Communication—Internal

 

·                 Clear and unambiguous two-way lines of internal communication and reporting will be established within the KAVHA site management organisation.

·                 Organisational and practical knowledge built up over time will be recognised, valued and documented to ensure its transmission to future staff, managers and advisors.

·                 An organisational culture of knowledge and information sharing will be fostered.

 

8.10.3  Communication—External

 

·                 A single point of contact will be established for the KAVHA site management organisation.

 

·                 An effective and ongoing external communication program will be established to ensure that those with an interest in the KAVHA site have access to information about the research, conservation, interpretation and management of the site, including the implementation of this HMP. It is expected that this will include:

-      re-establishment of a website;

 

-      links between the KAVHA site website and other relevant websites;

 

-      regular updates or bulletins;

 

-      social media;

 

-      media releases; and

 

-      news items and articles specifically for Norfolk Island media.

 

·                 Changes to the role, purpose and structure of KAVHA site management arising from this HMP will be widely communicated to ensure these changes are understood.

·                 Recognising the cultural importance of the Norf’k language, opportunities to build language use will be developed.

·                 Consultation will occur with the Council of Elders to establish an effective mechanism for their ongoing engagement regarding the KAVHA site.


 

·                 The KAVHA Manager and staff will actively communicate with the other properties which form part of the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage property so as to build a more outward-looking and engaged organisational culture.

·                 Information prepared to interpret or manage the KAVHA site will be culturally respectful, readily accessible and understandable by intended audiences.

8.10.4  Access to Information

 

·                 Information on management roles and responsibilities, and approval processes and guidelines will be documented for use by landholders, site tenants, tourist operators and others.

·                 The conservation and use requirements for tenanted government owned properties within the KAVHA site will be clearly defined and form part of each tenancy agreement.

·                 Landholders will have ready access to information about the history, heritage values and conservation needs of places within the KAVHA site.

·                 KAVHA staff will define opportunities for sharing information with other properties which are part of the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage property to improve access to and understanding of the history and significance of convictism.

8.10.5  Skills and Capacity

 

·                 KAVHA staff skills in community engagement, conflict resolution and consensus building will be enhanced through training and mentoring opportunities.

·                 A staff member will be designated with responsibilities for implementing the policies on communication and participation.

·                 Consideration will be given to sharing expertise and resources regarding conservation and management activities with other properties which are part of the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage property.

8.10.6  Conflict Resolution

 

·                 Conflict resolution, consensus building methods (such as fact-finding and option generation) and an external facilitator (where necessary) will be used to build solution-orientated thinking and work towards achieving a broad consensus internally (within the KAVHA site management) and externally (with the Norfolk Island community) on contentious and complex issues.