Tuesday 14 July, 2015
Learning to manage the downside of World Heritage: case study of George Town, Penang
presented by Peter Romey
In July 2008, UNESCO awarded World Heritage status to George Town and Melaka in Malaysia. George Town is considered to be of outstanding universal significance for its original urban morphology, architectural variety and a multiethnic, multicultural community. Raising the bar for the management of these two very important sites, the listing has had many positive effects. However, it has enhanced George Town’s attractiveness for new development, and already resulted in a massive increase in property values, resulting in the displacement of many of the traditional activities. Those charged with the responsibility for its conservation will need to respond to these challenges.
The talk will consider challenges facing the George Town World Heritage area, and some of the measures that the local community has already implemented, as well as describe recent initiatives supported by AusHeritage to enhance local heritage expertise in managing future development.
Peter Romey has been working in heritage conservation for more than 25 years, both as a consultant and in government. He is a Partner at Godden Mackay Logan, Australia’s largest independent heritage consultancy and from 1999 to 2006 was the Director of Conservation and Infrastructure at the Port Arthur Historic Site.
Tuesday 14 July, 2015 at 5.30 p.m. at the Junior Medical Officer's House conference room (rear of the house), Port Arthur Historic Site
For more information call 6251 2324
Port Arthur Talks leaflet - Peter Romey