Archive for December 2013

Parramatta Female Factory

The UNESCO World Heritage Serial listing of 11 Australian convict sites has a highly disturbing omission, the Parramatta Female Factory (PFF). The PFF was the first purpose built complex of buildings for convict women constructed in 1821 along with the adjacent Roman Catholic Orphanage School (RCOS).

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State of Australian Cities Conference 2013

At the recent State of Australian Cities Conference held in Sydney (26 to 29 November 2013), I gave a talk based on my paper which was co-authored with Dr Robert Freestone from UNSW about attitudes and perceptions of the NSW heritage management system.

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Planning Bills are Passed and then Withdrawn

After three readings and fifty-one amendments, the NSW Planning Bill and Planning Administration Bill were passed by the Legislative Council on Wednesday evening, 27 November 2013 and then withdrawn the very next day as a result of advice the government received from the development lobby

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The National Trust is Pleased

The National Trust has announced that the NSW Planning Bills will be brought back for consideration in February, 2014. This follows a number of amendments in the Legislative Council.

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