Heritage sites can be at risk through a lack of recognition and legal protection or from neglect through unsuitable use. The National Trust campaigns strongly for formal recognition of heritage sites to ensure that they are protected for the future.
At present, formal heritage listing provides the first line of defence for protecting our heritage sites. The sites listed below are ones we believe require greater recognition and statutory protection. Do you know any other heritage sites that should be listed for formal heritage protection. You can nominate sites for consideration through this website.
A number of sites recently proposed for heritage listing in the City of Adelaide have been declined by the Minister for Planning, inlcuding
former Adelaide Cordial Factory on Currie Street
Shop and dwelling at 103 Hindley Street
Former Orient Hotel on Gawler Place
Dun and Bradstreet Building on North Terrace
Star Grocery on Hindley Street
You can see all these sites on a Google Map. Use the Street view option to view each site.
The preservation of heritage is so important for the future understanding by our children and our children’s children of where we came from that it is crucial for all levels of goverbment to not only support but also have to have policies that will ensure a rational and sensible economic approach. In The United Kingdom heritage is funded from the earnings of lotteries which has resulted in supporting not only the preservation of historic sites but supported a vibrant tourism industry. Why do Australian governments persist with denying the support for heritage but do nothing to curb the rampant promotion of betting on sport and the proliferation of lotteries that pay out huge amounts of money for no discernable benifit to the community. It would take little “rearranging of the deck chairs” of the titanic amounts of money that flow through lotteries and betting industry to come up with a formula that would support the funding of heritage. This would take away the burden that all governments perceive heritage to be and put the emphasis and the funding of heritage front and centre in the eyes of the public without being a burden on anyone!
Thanks George, we couldn’t agree more. The UK and Western Australia are great examples of where Lotteries funding has been used to support culture and heritage. Sadly, in South Australia, the Lotteries Commission has now been sold off, so it’s less likely than ever to happen here. Let’s hope there is some good news for heritage in tomorrow’s State Budget.