What support is there for owners?


Principal, Ashley Built Heritage, Sydney, NSW

Geoff Ashley is a graduate of architecture with over three decades experience as a heritage consultant in both the public and private sectors and in several states. Geoff has extensive experience in researching and preparing conservation assessments and management plans for heritage places of all types around Australia and overseas, with a particular interest in vernacular buildings associated with landscape settings, such as homesteads, huts and shacks.


When he was with Context in Melbourne Geoff led the team that undertook the Living Heritage Project, in 2015 for Heritage Victoria that reported on 155 Victorian Heritage Register places that had previously been assessed as being in poor or very poor condition. This project is described as the case study in Geoff Ashley's talk at this conference 


The mixed metaphor in the title of this talk includes a building conservation metaphor to deliberately highlight the often poor physical condition in which our heritage places of state significance find ....

John McInerney is an Architect and Town Planner with special interests in transport and heritage.  Previous positions include Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney, National President of the Planning Institute of Australia, Manager of Planning for the City of Sydney and City of Melbourne. John’s interests have included developing his concept of “Sydney a City of Villages”


I believe a new driver, including financial support, to assist historic house owners can emerge from a renewed sense of “ localism “ in our communities. Local government, with all its faults, remains ....



Architect, Planner and former Lord Mayor of City of Sydney, Sydney, NSW




Conservation Architect, Adelaide, South Australia

Ms Elizabeth Vines is a conservation architect, and past President of Australian ICOMOS (2012 – 2015).  She was the heritage advisor in Victoria at Beechworth, Chiltern and Yackandandah in 1978 – and subsequently after moving to Sydney at Windsor and Richmond in 1982, then on relocation to Adelaide, the Heritage Advisor in Broken Hill from 1986 – 2017.   Her experience in Broken Hill has convinced her of the value of long term, positive change in a heritage city, by the provision of consistent heritage advice through a comprehensive heritage program.


She is an Adjunct Professor at the Cultural Heritage Centre Faculty of Arts, Deakin University, Melbourne and a visiting Professor at Hong Kong University where she teaches in the Architectural Conservation Program.  She is a partner in the firm McDougall & Vines, is now semi-retired, (based in Adelaide) and travels the globe regularly!


The first Australian Heritage Advisory Service was established in Maldon, Victoria in 1977, and following the success of this program, was  ....




Chair, Blooming Tasmania, Swanport, Tasmania

Jane has a background in teaching, counselling, community development and business.  She initiated the Creative Living Centre in Burnie in a response to the highest youth unemployment figures and the highest youth suicide statistics in the Southern Hemisphere.  The Creative Paper Mills (now The Makers in Burnie) was initially established through the Creative Living Centre as an employment opportunity for young people. 


Jane was involved in setting up a state funded community based Youth Alcohol & Drug Service in Burnie and a new model for youth shelters. She chaired the Burnie Business Enterprise Centre for four years and was an alderman in the Burnie City Council for five years. She was a Regional Director on the Tasmanian Employment Advisory Committee now known as Regional Development Australia.

Since 2003, she and her  husband have been setting up ‘The Village’ in Triabunna as a Centre of all age learning, mentoring and community enterprise that incorporate principles that empower and create optimism about the future.


Jane and her husband have have an established Bed and Breakfast business called Wind Song.

She is  currently Chair, Blooming Tasmania, which is a state wide not for profit organisation representing the Garden Industry and a key player in Tasmania's visitor market.


As a not for profit group, Blooming Tasmania has no financial resources of its own to back a festival of this scale so forming strategic partnerships and connecting with volunteers, local service providers and businesses is a key ....




Partner, GML Heritage, former Chair NSW Heritage Council Approvals Committee, Sydney, NSW

David Logan, GML Heritage Partner, has qualifications in architecture, heritage conservation and town planning and more than 30 years’ experience in heritage management in both the public and private sectors. David specialises in heritage related masterplanning and design projects, CBD development and the resolution of urban planning issues. He has led teams and been involved in an array of major development and urban renewal projects across Australia.

David was an appointed member of the Heritage Council of NSW from 2005 until 2013 and chaired the Council’s Approvals Committee as well as its Policy Committee. He is currently a member of the Heritage Council’s Technical Committee, the Parramatta Design Excellence Advisory Panel (former SEPP 65 Panel) and the Strathfield Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP). He is a former Vice President of Australia ICOMOS, and has been involved in the drafting of the Burra Charter.

Overseas work has included World Heritage monitoring, missions and advice for ICOMOS, UNESCO and the World Heritage Committee, workshop facilitation for the Getty Conservation Institute and various lecturing and training roles. David is an accredited trainer and facilitator in heritage management and is an independent ‘heritage expert’, recognised by government and the courts.


In previous roles before joining GML, David directed the conservation program in The Rocks, Sydney, and led the City of Sydney’s Development Assessment Unit.


Owners of heritage items and properties listed as part of a protected heritage conservation area often find the associated responsibilities frustrating and, at times, daunting. This might be due to ....





Chair, NSW Heritage Council, Sydney, NSW and Director of Urbis Heritage

Stephen Davies is one of the country’s most experienced and respected heritage consultants. He is Chair of the NSW Heritage Council, and a skilled negotiator who has a keen understanding of the political and administrative processes surrounding heritage matters.

Stephen joined Urbis in 2007 and is the foundation of our heritage consultancy. He leads a team that provide independent development and conservation advice as part of Urbis’ preparation of conservation management plans, heritage impact statements and demolition reports.

Stephen is particularly proud of his work resolving the heritage issues for One Central Park in Sydney’s Chippendale, and for Quay Quarter Sydney. He is an accredited environmental mediator and a member of the International Council on Monuments and Sites. He has also been an expert member of many government committees and boards.


Heritage listing is a process that has grown exponentially over the years. There are levels of listing from local to national and from statutory and non-statutory. The statutory differences ....




Vice President Australia ICOMOS. Co-ordinator AICOMOS Fabric Conservation Reference Group, Sydney, NSW

Mary Knaggs has over 30 years of experience across a broad range of heritage conservation issues in both private practice and with government. Mary is a heritage architect by training and her skills are in both creative heritage adaptation and fabric conservation. Mary also has a Masters in Museum Studies from the University of Sydney.


Mary is currently employed part time as a Senior Heritage Specialist with Urbis P/L in Sydney. Key projects include the heritage buildings in Sydney’s Quay Quarter and the proposed Cultural Centre adjacent to Parramatta Town Hall. Previously with the NSW Government Architects Office, Mary was the principal consultant for the façade conservation of Newcastle City Hall; the design of conservation, adaptation and interpretive works in Parramatta Park. Mary has also worked as a private heritage consultant in Tasmania and NSW and the NSW Heritage Office and the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority. Throughout her career Mary has specialised in being either the editor or author of strategic heritage guidelines, reports and manuals.

Mary has been part of the Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee for five years and in 2016 became Vice President. Mary represents Australia ICOMOS on issues concerning the Australian Heritage Quality Framework; the Heritage Toolkit and the Heroes of Traditional Trades Photographic Competition.


Australia ICOMOS is a national not for profit organisation representing those involved in the heritage industry from many backgrounds including the owners and operators of historic sites. It is part of the ....