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2020 Advocacy Statements

Juukan Gorge, WA
22 July 2020
RHSV’s Submission to the Inquiry into the destruction of 46,000 year old caves at the Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara region of Western Australia

Click above to read our submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the destruction of the 46,000-year-old caves at the Juukan Gorge. We argue that it demonstrates profound failings in the legislation to protect Australia’s heritage, not only in WA, but also in the Commonwealth, which was missing in action.

Commonwealth Environment Minister Sussan Ley justified doing nothing on the grounds that there was no application for protection, but it emerges today that when the traditional owners of the Shenhua Watermark site on the Liverpool Plains did apply for protections, the Minister refused to grant protection, allowing an open-cut coalmine to proceed. This highlights the need for ‘an independent compliance and enforcement regulator’, as called for by the Review into the EBPC Act.

Federation Square

 RHSV Heritage Committee joined the campaign to protect Federation Square.

8 Aug 2018         RHSV statement on Heritage Protection for Federation Square

15 Dec 2018       RHSV submission to the Heritage Council about Federation Square

12 Feb 2019       RHSV submission to Heritage Victoria regarding Federation Square and the Apple Flagship Store

5 April 2019        Federation Square saved

Historic Shopping Strips

29 May 2019     Submission to Heritage Council of Victoria regarding planned amendments to the City of Yarra to design and development overlays covering historic strip of shopping centre

 4 Dec 2018.     RHSV logged objections to planning amendments which threaten the heritage fabric of North Fitzroy Queens Parade shopping strip

4 Dec 2020.      RHSV logged a submission to the Yarra Planning Amendment C269 rewrite of local policies


2019 Advocacy Statements

May 2019         RHSV survey of Victorian Historical Societies regarding local heritage protection 

16 Sep 2019         RHSV wrote a statement protesting the loss of trees on the Midlands Highway

2018 Advocacy Statements

19 Jun 2018         RHSV submission to Heritage Victoria on Porter Prefabricated Iron Store, Fitzroy North

21 Aug 2018         RHSV statement on grounds 340-342 High Street, Northcote/VCAT Ref P1435/2018

21 Aug 2018         RHSV supports Melbourne Planning Scheme Amendments C327 and C328 Hoddle Grid Review

23 Oct 2018         RHSV supports three virtual planning scheme amendments

2017 Advocacy Statements

23 Oct 2017         RHSV submission to Heritage Victoria: Queen Victoria Market Development

15 Sep 2017         RHSV submission on Sarah Sands Hotel, 29 Sydney Road, Brunswick

10 Aug 2017         RHSV submission on Robur Tea House, 28 Clarendon Street, Southbank

8 Feb  2017         RHSV submission Point Nepean National Park Draft Master Plan

31 Jan 2017         RHSV response to proposed demolition of Great Western Hotel, King Street.

31 Jan 2017         System Garden at the University of Melbourne

2016 Advocacy Statements

Nov 2016        RHSV response to revision of the Heritage Act 1995 

28 Oct 2016        RHSV statement on the demolition of the Corkman Hotel (Former Carlton Inn)

5 Dec 2018        Corkman Hotel developers/demolishers get their way

2 June 2019       Ian Wright’s letter to the Editor, The Age, explains the real problem with the Corkman cowboys

2015 Advocacy Statements

Oct 2015       RHSV submission in response to the VEAC draft proposal paper

25 Aug 2015       RHSV submission on the review of the Heritage Act 1995

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