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Conference explores Western Australia’s sacred heritage

Apr 12, 2018
photo pf cathedral in Geraldton  Photo of gates to Soldiers Park in Collie  
  • 'Sacred Heritage' conference explores both historic and Aboriginal heritage
  • Church authorities are major owners of heritage places 

More than 70 history and heritage professionals, tradespeople and volunteers from around Australia will gather today in Geraldton for the 2018 Regional Heritage Conference.

This year's 'Sacred Heritage' theme explores historic and Aboriginal heritage, and will deliver practical guidance on the care, interpretation, activation and appropriate sustainable use of Western Australia's sacred heritage.

The theme was nominated to reflect the large number of churches and related places included in State and local heritage listings, resulting in the main church authorities being major institutional owners of heritage places.

It also provides an opportunity to explore some of the less familiar territories of heritage including places connected with ritual or rites; burial grounds and memorials; places for reflection or contemplation; or any other site with which we connect on a spiritual level.

The two-day conference offers a program of complementary activities including a 60 kilometre contemplative walk from Northampton to Geraldton, a stone repair workshop, and a behind the scenes tour of New Norcia.

Comments attributed to Heritage Minister David Templeman:

"In a changing world, we look to our heritage as a place of stability and comfort, yet we often face the challenge of finding ways to celebrate heritage places while planning for their future.

"For some places, there is recognition that past traditions and use have dwindled and will be maintained only through written record and on-site interpretation.

"The adaptive re-use and transformation of a place for new purpose and contemporary use will ensure its ongoing care and maintenance.

"The incorporation of Aboriginal heritage into the conference program echoes the State Government's inclusive approach to heritage by bringing both arms of heritage together within the new Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage."

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