First drafted in , the Burra Charter turns forty this year. It has been a remarkably influential and enduring heritage charter, both in Australia and internationally. Will the Burra Charter inspire or restrain conservation in the future? The Burra Charter has been applied not just to buildings but to city landmarks, memorials, trees , gardens, parks , historic and archeological sites and countless urban, suburban and regional places across Australia. Photo: Jacqui Barker Flinders Street Station in Melbourne constructed and listed on the Victorian Heritage Register has undergone numerous conservation works. Photo: Kieren Andrews The s: time for an Australian heritage charter.

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It is not a legal requirement to adopt the Burra Charter guidelines, however they are well entrenched in policy. The Burra Charter defines the basic principles and procedures to be followed in the conservation of heritage places.

It does not prescribe the techniques to be used or the manner in which a heritage place should be cared for. These principles and procedures can be applied to a monument, building, garden, shell midden, rock art site, road, mining or archaeological site, or to a whole region. The Burra Charter advocates a cautious approach to changing a place. Only the work necessary to repair and secure and to make it function is recommended so the history of the place can continue to be recognised.

Note: The above information is taken from the brochure by M. Click here to view form. Acknowledgement of Country The Department for Environment and Water acknowledges Aboriginal people as the First Peoples and Nations of the lands and waters we live and work upon and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge and respect the deep spiritual connection and the relationship that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to Country. The Department works in partnership with the First Peoples of South Australia and supports their Nations to take a leading role in caring for their Country.

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The main body of copper ore formed between two geological faults in broken dolomite rocks. The malachite and azurite were formed from copper sulphide minerals, by a process known as " secondary enrichment ". This process took millions of years to convert the low grade copper sulphide ore, which was probably created to millions of years ago during the last period of vulcanism near Burra. From at least the collection of townships near the mine became referred to as "The Burra". The name Burra Burra has been asserted to have come from numerous sources.


Forty years of the Burra Charter and Australia’s heritage vision

Values-Based Management and the Burra Charter: , , Richard Mackay The Burra Charter offers a framework for heritage management in which multiple—sometimes conflicting—heritage and other values can be understood and explicitly addressed. The Burra Charter has been amended in and in response to developing practice and awareness of intangible attributes and the legitimate expectations of associated communities. Three Sydney-area case studies are presented, which have contrasting values and heritage outcomes—Luna Park, a s amusement park; the BIG DIG archaeological site in The Rocks; and a suburban land development at East Leppington—illustrating a shift in heritage management models from traditional fabric-centered approaches toward more holistic and innovative conservation solutions. Values-based heritage management provides a basis for good decision making for cultural heritage places. This approach makes it possible to discern relative priorities such as an overarching objective to retain important attributes while responding to applicable site constraints, resource limitations, or statutory requirements. One of the key factors in the success of the charter, which has been widely used in Australia and internationally, is that its core values-based premise has proven to be extremely flexible and applicable to a broad range of places and changing circumstances. The Charter of Athens incorporated seminal concepts, including the need for expertise and critique, the appropriateness of modern materials, importance of the setting, and statutory protection, but it had a strong focus on architecture, archaeology, and the fabric of historic monuments.


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