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Table of Contents
Message from the Chairperson 1 The Heritage Act and the role of Council 2
Council Members 3
Meetings 6 Assessment and Declaration 7
Work Approvals 11
Conservation and Management 12
Policy and Strategy 14
Message from the Chairperson
I have great pleasure in presenting the fourth Annual Report of the Heritage Council.
2015-16 was a year of change for the Heritage Council. On 1 October 2015, a new Council was appointed by the Minister which gave us many new faces around the table. I was privileged to be appointed as Chairperson.
I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the members of the former Council who were not appointed to the new Council. All of them were hard-working and conscientious members who made a substantial contribution to heritage management in the Northern Territory.
I would like to particularly thank the outgoing Chairperson, Dr Brian Reid, who after many years of dedicated service on the Council (including three years as Chairperson) decided not to seek reappointment to the Council.
Council was busier than ever in 2015-16. It met formally four times as required by the Heritage Act, and also met many times out of session, in order to ensure that day to day matters were dealt with in a timely fashion.
There were six additions to the NT Heritage Register in 2015-16. It is notable that the newly listed places were in diverse locations around the Territory. As a long-time resident of Alice Springs, I am pleased with this result. I think it is very important that we ensure that the unique heritage that exists in regional parts of the Territory is conserved and celebrated.
In April 2016 it was my pleasure to attend, for the first time, the annual meeting of the Heritage Chairs and Officials of Australia and New Zealand. I was impressed by the
thought-provoking agenda, and appreciated the chance to meet like-minded people from all over Australia and New Zealand, and to exchange ideas.
Attending such meetings always reminds me of how important it is to keep one’s eye on the
‘big picture’, and to not be constantly caught up dealing with day to day matters. To that end, I am pleased to report that at its last meeting of the year in June 2016, Council resolved to establish a ‘policy and procedures’ committee. One of the important tasks for 2016-17 will be to use the work of this committee to ensure that as the Heritage Council moves ahead with its important work, that it makes decisions within a sound, transparent policy framework.
MR WAYNE KRAFT
The Heritage Act and the role of Council
The object of the Heritage Act is to provide for the conservation of the Northern Territory’s cultural and natural heritage.
The Act is broad in its scope. It automatically protects all Aboriginal and Macassan archaeological places and objects, and has the capacity to automatically protect other classes of places.
The Heritage Act commenced on 1 October 2012.
The functions of the Heritage Council are set out in Section 125 of the Act, and are:
(a) to assess the heritage significance of places and objects;
(b) to recommend to the Minister the declaration of places and objects to be heritage places and objects;
(c) to recommend to the Minister the revocation of the declaration for heritage places and objects;
(d) to advise the Minister on the conservation, use and management of heritage places and objects;
(e) to advise the Minister about the carrying out of work on a heritage place or object and to decide applications for work approvals other than applications for major work;
(f) to promote, as it considers appropriate, the public use and enjoyment of heritage places and objects in a way that is consistent with the conservation of the heritage significance of the places and objects;
(g) to facilitate public education and programs about the Territory’s cultural and natural heritage;
(h) to advise the Minister on financial incentives or concessions for heritage agreements (either in general or on particular agreements);
(i) to advise the Minister on matters affecting the Territory’s cultural and natural heritage;
The Heritage Act provides for a Council of eleven members. One is the nominee of the Chief Executive of the Department of Lands, Planning and the Environment; the others are appointed by the Minister. There are nominees from four organisations.
The following members served up until 30 September 2015:
Dr Brian Reid - Chairperson Dr Graeme Suckling
Mr David Curtis Dr Samantha Wells Mr Michael Owen Mr Richard Luxton
The following members were appointed from 1 October 2015, some having served on the previous Council:
Mr Wayne Kraft (Chairperson)
Wayne lives in Alice Springs and for many years was the owner of the iconic Overlanders Steakhouse. A resident of the NT for over 40 years, he has also lived and worked in Tennant Creek, Darwin and Barrow Creek. He is a past Board Member (and Chairman) of the Board of the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT.
Mr Roger Steele (Deputy Chairperson)
Roger Steele has been a resident of the NT since 1948. Roger worked in the pastoral industry, then as an insurance agent and manager.
He served in the first Northern Territory Legislative Assembly, holding various Ministerial roles. He was Speaker of the Assembly from 1984 to 1986. Roger founded the Gregory National Park, and has a keen interest in outback Australia and public affairs.
Ms Elizabeth Close
Elizabeth is the Director of the National Trust of Australia (Northern Territory), and is the National Trust’s nominee on the Heritage
Council. With a background in history, education and museums, she holds a Masters degree in Cultural Heritage, and is a professional member of ICOMOS.
Mr Allan Garraway
Allan has a background in accounting and commerce, and is the nominee of the Property Council of Australia (Northern Territory). He has a particular interest in appropriate development in the Darwin CBD.
Mr Steven Hennessy
Steven is the nominee of the Local Government Association of the Northern Territory. Steven has been in Timber Creek since 2005, and is currently Mayor of the Victoria Daly Shire. He has taken a keen interest in the conservation of the Timber Creek Police Museum.
Ms Allison Bitar
Allison is an Anthropologist Project Officer at the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority and is the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority’s nominee on the Heritage Council. Allison has a background in
indigenous heritage conservation, town planning and policy.
Mr Roger Harris
Roger has been a Director of Alice Springs Commercial Broadcasters (ASCB) and Coastal Broadcasters since 1989, and has been General Manager of ASCB since 1991.He has a background in retail and Broadcast Engineering.
Council Members 2015/16
Mr Alexander Nelson
Alex is a lifetime resident of Alice Springs with experience in primary industry research, politics and the media. He has a keen interest in the contemporary history of Central Australia.
Mr Frank Ahmat
Frank is a long time Territorian. He worked for the public service for 43 years. He comes from a long time Territory family, is a well- known sportsman and has been on various sporting club boards and committees.
Mr Daniel Measures
Daniel is a lifetime resident of Alice Springs and Tennant Creek where he has experience in media and the establishment, management and implementation of the Barkly Work Camp under the ‘New Era in Corrections’. He has an avid interest in the general history of Central Australia and the Barkly Region.
Professor MaryAnn Bin-Sallik (nominee of the Chief Executive) MaryAnn is a Territorian and Emeritus Professor at Charles Darwin University. She holds both a Master’s Degree and Doctorate from Harvard University and is a respected academic both nationally and internationally who specializes in Indigenous cultures, histories and heritage. She is also a former nurse with seventeen years’ ex- perience working in Darwin and various remote Territory locations.
Council is required under the terms of the Heritage Act to meet at least four times per year.
In 2015-16 Council met four times, as follows:
•21 August 2015
•4 December 2015
•4 March 2016
•3 June 2016
Council also met ‘out of session’ on the following dates:
•23 September 2015
•22 October 2015
•13 November 2015
•8 January 2016
•15 March 2016
•30 March 2016
•11 April 2016
•21 April 2016
•4 May 2016
•11 May 2016
Assessment and Declaration
The heritage listing process starts with someone nominating a place or object for heritage listing.
The Council received nominations for eight places and two objects during the year, as follows:
•Tennant Creek Flight Service Office
•WWII Steam Locomotive Servicing Facility, Adelaide River
•Diesel Locomotive NSU63 (object)
•Ross Smith Memorial
•44 Smith Street Darwin
•Remains of Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero Japanese Naval Fighter Plane (object)
•Old Jay Creek Settlement
•12 Schultze Street Larrakeyah
•7 Mile Aerodrome
Council accepted all of these nominations. Council also nominated the following two places and one object of its own volition:
•Chain Calibration Site, Alice Springs
•Glen Helen Meat House (object)
Once it has accepted a nomination, Council must apply the heritage assessment criteria set out in the Act, in order to determine whether the place is of heritage significance.
The heritage assessment criteria for a place or object are set out in section 11 of the Heritage Act, and are as follows:
(a) whether it is important to the course, or pattern, of the Territory’s cultural or natural history;
(b) whether it possesses uncommon, rare or endangered aspects of the Territory’s cultural or natural history.
(c) whether it has potential to yield information that will contribute to an understanding of the Territory’s cultural or natural history;
(d) whether it is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a class of cultural or natural places or environments;
(e) whether it is important in exhibiting particular aesthetic characteristics;
(f) whether it is important in demonstrating a high degree of creative or technical achievement during a particular period;
(g) whether it has a strong or special association with a particular community or cultural group for social, cultural or spiritual reasons, including the significance of a place to Aboriginal people as part of their continuing and developing cultural traditions;
(h) whether it has a special association with the life or works of a person, or group of persons, of importance in the Territory’s history.
The Council assessed the significance of seven places and three objects, as follows:
•WWII Steam Locomotive Servicing Facility, Adelaide River
•Diesel Locomotive NSU63 (object)
•Chain Calibration Site, Alice Springs
•Mitsubishi Zero BII-124 (object)
•Ross Smith Memorial
Declared heritage places and objects
Once Council has completed the assessment process, it has to decide whether or not the place or object is significant. If so, then the Council invites submissions as to whether the place or object should be permanently declared as a heritage place or heritage object.
After considering all the submissions made, the Council is then required to make a recommendation to the Minister. The Minister has the final decision as to whether a place or object is permanently declared as a heritage place or object.
In 2015-16, five places were permanently declared as heritage places, and one object as a heritage object:
•Little Flower Mission and Cemetery
•Catalina 1, Darwin Harbour
•Old Postmaster’s Residence, Tennant Creek
•Old Mount Riddock Homestead (object)
•Yuendumu Iron Building
•Roper River Police Station Refusals
In 2015-16, the Minister refused to declare four places as heritage places, and one object as a heritage object:
•Catalinas 2 and 3, Darwin Harbour
•The Memorial to the visit of the Kaiwo Maru (object)
•Twin Gums Site near Alice Springs
•Kulaluk Lease Area Revocations
The Minister did not revoke the declaration of any places or objects in 2015-16.
The State of the Register
The NT Heritage Register now has a total of 296 places and objects that have been declared as heritage places and objects since the commencement of the Heritage Conservation Act in 1991.
Under the transitional provisions of the new Heritage Act, all places and objects declared under the old Act have the same status under the new Act. A complete list of all declared places and objects as at 30 June 2016 is provided at Appendix One.
Mt Riddock Homestead
Iron Building, Yuendumu Roper River Police Station
Little Flower Mission
The Heritage Council gave permission for the following work to proceed, on the basis that it was minor work:
Name of Place Nature of Work Date of Decision
Owen Springs Stockyards Reconstruction 3 September 2015
Katherine Railway Bridge New flood markers 21 September 2015
Heavitree Gap Police Station Misc conservation works and new air
conditioning 21 September 2015
Adelaide River Railway Station New fence 15 December 2015
Jones Store New fence 15 December 2015
Myilly Point Amenities block in ‘Stahl Garden’ 15 December 2015
Kulaluk Lease Area New fence 7 April 2016
5 x sites in the Wellington Ranges Excavation for research purposes 30 April 2016 Adelaide River Railway Precinct Reconstruction of historical pumphouse 30 April 2016 Totem Theatre Works to improve stormwater drainage and
improve access 30 April 2016
Hermannsburg – Kata Anga Tearooms New deck 30 April 2016
Former Commonwealth Bank, Darwin Extend existing decks, new awnings 30 April 2016
Adelaide River War Cemetery New fence 19 May 2016
The Heritage Council made recommendations to the Minister in relation to the following work (considered to be major work), under the terms of the Heritage Act:
Name of Place Nature of Work Council’s
Recommendation Minister’s Decision
80 Hartley Street, Alice
Springs New townhouses to rear Approve Approved
5 October 2015 Alice Springs Telegraph
Station New toilet facilities Approve Approved
30 October 2015 Sue Wah Chin Building Internal alterations Approve with conditions Approved
18 March 2016
Conservation and Management
NT Heritage Grants Program
Owners of heritage places not in Government hands are eligible for assistance under the NT Heritage Grants Program (NTHGP).
The Heritage Council’s role is to assess applications received under the NTHGP, and to make recommendations to the Minister about funding.
In 2015-16, a total of 22 projects were funded to a value of $271 725 as follows:
Organisation Project Funding
Alice Springs Town Council Totem Theatre Conservation and Management Plan $ 5 000 Central Australian Aviation Museum Concrete Floor of Hangar to house Heron Aircraft $ 18 450
Central Land Council Conserving Tempe Downs Homestead Stage 3 $ 25 500
Centrecorp Aboriginal Investment
Corporation Re-instate front fencing and garden 75 Hartley Street Alice
Springs $ 11 475
City of Darwin Pee Wee Camp Public Access Restoration Project $ 10 000
Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation Macassan Stone Picture Signage Replacement $ 1 000 Fannie Bay History and Heritage Society Wings across the World: Remembering the 1919 Great Air Race $ 800 Finke River Mission Services Roofing Repairs at Hermannsburg Historic Precinct $ 15 000 Friends of the North Australia Railway Inc Relocation of 1892 Steam Locomotive NFB88 Katherine $ 18 000 Friends of the North Australia Railway Inc Dresser for the 1889 Adelaide River Railway Refreshment
Rooms $ 12 500
Genealogical Society of the Northern
Territory Inc Adelaide River Pioneer Cemetery Bronze Plaque $ 2 500
Gurindji Aboriginal Corporation Wave Hill Walk Off Route Interpretive Signage $ 15 000 Hamilton Downs Youth Camp
Association Inc. Repairs and Maintenance Meat House - Hamilton Downs Youth
Camp $ 30 000
National Trust Australia (NT) Fencing Jones Store at Newcastle Waters $ 15 000
National Trust Australia (NT) Goyder’s Day 2016 $ 3 500
National Trust Australia (NT) Katherine Heritage Festival 2016 $ 1 500
National Trust Australia (NT) Alice Springs Heritage Festival 2016 $ 6 000
National Trust Australia (NT) Darwin Heritage Festival 2016 $ 6 000
National Trust Australia (NT) Painting of Burnett House Myilly Point $ 30 000
Conservation Program for Government-owned Heritage Assets
The Conservation Program for Government-owned Heritage Assets had a budget of $675 000 in 2015-16.
The implementation of the Program is an operational matter for the Department of Lands, Planning and the Environment. Council is involved when work approvals are required, and is provided with an annual update on work completed under the Program.
Town Hall Ruins, Darwin
Policy and Strategy
The annual meeting of the Heritage Chairs and Officials of Australia and New Zealand (HCOANZ) was held in Brisbane from 3 – 5 April 2016. Chairperson Wayne Kraft attended, along with Michael Wells (Director Heritage Branch).
On Monday 4 April 2016, there was an ‘officials only’ meeting, dealing mainly with operational issues including:
•Australian Heritage Strategy
•State of the Environment Report
•Heritage Revolving Fund (WA)
On Tuesday 5 April 2016, there was a Chairs’ Forum, with the agenda set by the host Chair. This part of the Meeting was intended to be more strategic, and to promote the exchange of ideas. There was an emphasis on new technology, with information provided about:
•‘Fort Lytton at Night’
•360 degree cameras
There was a separate session on heritage tourism, and later the Chairs received a ‘report back’ from the Officials Meeting the day before, and discussed the Australian Heritage Strategy.
On 3 June 2016, Council resolved to establish a ‘policy and
procedures’ committee. The stated purpose of the committee is “to review and/or implement the policies and procedures required to both legally and efficiently process all matters pertaining to the Heritage Council of the Northern Territory.”
Declared heritage places and objects as of 30 June 2016 (*indicates new listing this year)
Adelaide River Pioneer Cemetery
Adelaide River Railway Siding and Bridge
Adelaide River War Cemetery and Wartime Civilian Cemetery Administrator’s Office
Aileron Homestead Albert Namatjira’s House Albert Namatjira Memorial Alcoota Fossil Beds
Alice Springs General Cemetery Alice Springs Heritage Precinct Alice Springs Post Office (Former)
Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve Alice Well Police Station and Well
Anna’s Reservoir Conservation Reserve Angurugu Heritage Precinct
Angurugu Mission House No. 2
Anthony Lagoon; Davey Paxman Steam Engine; 1906 and 1945 Cattle Dips; and Police Tracker’s Quarters and Gaol.
Anzac Hill Memorial
Araluen Homestead Precinct Avon Downs Homestead
Bamboo Creek Tin Mine
Banka Banka mudbrick homestead Barrow Creek Hotel
Barrow Creek Telegraph Station Batchelor Primary School (former) Beatrice Hill Well and Stone Wall fences Betty Bomber, Cox Peninsula
Boab Tree, Cavenagh Street, Darwin Bonney Well
Bonrook Station (Old) Booya (shipwreck)
Borroloola Police Station Museum Bowson’s Hut
Bradshaw’s Homestead Bradshaw’s Packhorse Cutting Brock’s Creek Cemetery
Brock’s Creek Chinatown and Temple Site
Brock’s Creek Township, Railway Siding and Military Detention Barracks
Bullita Station Homestead Precinct and Stockyard Bullock Creek Fossil Site
Burrundie Explosives Magazine Butterfly Gorge
B-24D Liberator ‘Nothing Sacred’
B24-J Liberator Aircraft Wreck Site
‘Catalina 1’, Darwin Harbour*
‘Catalina 4’, East Arm
‘Catalina 5’, East Arm
‘Catalina 6’, East Arm
Cape Don Lighthouse Complex
Catholic Church Precinct, Alice Springs Chambers Pillar Historical Reserve Channel Island Leprosarium and Reefs Charlie Rye’s House, Alice Springs Charlotte Waters Telegraph Station ruins Christ Church Cathedral Heritage Precinct Christ the King Church and Sidney Williams Hut Climbing Dune, Jessie Gap Locality
Daly River Copper Mine and Graves Daly Waters Aviation Complex
Darwin Botanic Gardens Darwin Cenotaph
Defence 16 Mile Camp, Lambrick Avenue Degaussing Range, Darwin Harbour Delissaville Cemetery
Djirurri Rock Shelter, Arnhem Land Driffield Mine Site
Drovers Rest Boab Precinct
East Point Fortifications
88 Mile Burrell Creek WWII Chemical Warfare Storage and Maintenance Depot and Camp Site
Eldo Rocket Shelters Elsey Memorial Cemetery Emungalan Cemetery
Emungalan Wheel Rim Shrinkage Pit Escape Cliffs
Ewaninga Conservation Reserve
Fannie Bay Gaol Fenton Airfield
Fergusson River Overland Telegraph Line Pylons and Oppenheimer Poles
Fergusson River Railway Bridge and Boiler Flying Fox, Daly Waters
Flynn’s Farm Fogg Dam
Former Reserve Bank
Fort Wellington, Cobourg Peninsula Francis Bay Explosives Complex
Frew Ponds Overland Telegraph Line Memorial Reserve Frog Hollow
Gardens Road Cemetery Ghan’s Bore
Goolam Rasool Nazar’s grave Alice Springs Government Battery and Cyanide Works, Arltunga Government House
Gregory’s Tree Grove Hill Hotel
Gurindji Wave Hill Walk Off Route
Hamilton Downs Station (Old) Hartley Street School (Old)
Harts Range Mica Mining Complex
Heavitree Gap Police Station Historic Reserve Heenan Building
Helen Springs Quarry (Kurutiti)
Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve Hermannsburg Cemetery (Old)
Hermannsburg Historic Village Higgins Theatre
Hope Inlet Archaeological Sites Hore’s Homestead
Hughes Avenue Hunter House
Illamurta Springs Conservation Reserve
John Flynn Memorial Church, Alice Springs John Flynn’s Grave Historical Reserve John William Ogilvie Bennett Memorial*
Katherine Overland Telegraph Pylons Katherine Railway Precinct
Kintore Caves Nature Reserve Knott’s Crossing
Koolendong Waterhole Boabs
Little Flower Mission and Cemetery*
Lot 5601 Town of Darwin (Qantas Hangar)
Lots 7733-7736 Town of Alice Springs (Railway Cottages) Ludmilla Saltpan
Lutheran Church (Old) Lyons Cottage - BAT House
MacClark (Acacia peuce) Conservation Reserve Manbulloo Airfield and Abattoir
Maranboy Mining Precinct Mastertons Cave and Garden McLachlan’s Tree
Methodist Manse (Former) Milingimbi Mud Brick Houses
Milkwood Tree corner Woods and Foelsche Street Mt Riddock Cemetery
Mt Riddock Homestead (Old) Munmarlary Homestead Murranji Track
Myilly Point Precinct Myrtle Villa Date Palm
Naval Oil Tunnels (No.s 5 & 6) Navy Victualling Yards
N’Dhala Gorge Nature Park Neutral Junction Homestead (Old) Newcastle Waters Township
NF5 Locomotive, NABP13 Carriage, and Ghan Washing and Maintenance Shed, Pine Creek
Noltenius Billabong and Grave
North Australia Railway Corridor - The Narrows North Australia Railway remnants at Pine Creek 9 Aust. Advanced Ordnance Depot
1960’s “TJ” series Bedford Truck
Observation Post, Sandy Creek O’Keeffe House
Old Admiralty House
Old Andado Station Old Batchelor Hospital
Old MacDonald Downs Homestead Old Mount Riddock Homestead (object)*
Old Owen Springs Homestead Complex Old Postmaster’s Residence, Tennant Creek*
Olive Pink Botanic Parks
Original Glen Helen Homestead Ruins
Palmerston Cemetery Peel’s Well
Pine Creek Bakery
Pine Creek Butchery (Old)
Pine Creek Post and Office Repeater Station Pine Creek Railway Precinct
Pitchi Richi Sanctuary
Quarantine Anti-Aircraft Battery Site
RAAF Explosives Storage Area (Former) Remnant No. 6 Oil Tank
Repeater Station Alice Springs (Former)
Robert Czako Mural on the wall of Saint Mary’s Chapel Alice Springs Roper River Overland Telegraph Construction Depot
Ross River Homestead Rumbalara Ochre Mine
Rum Jungle Mine Manager’s House
Rum Jungle Single Women’s Quarters, Batchelor Ryan Well Reserve
St Barbara’s Church, Batchelor Sandfly Steam Locomotive
Seven Mile Aerodrome, Alice Springs Silver Bullets (old Timber Creek School) Smith Point Beacon
Smith Street Stone Kerb and Milkwood Trees Snake Creek Armament Depot
Southport Cemetery and Former Southport Police Station & Telegraph Station site
Spencer Hill WWII Sites Spencer Hill Seismic Vault Springhill Battery
Springvale Homestead Complex SS Ellengowan
State Square Banyan Tree Steam Pump House Stella Maris Hostel Stone Hut (Old) Strauss Airstrip
Stuart Memorial Cemetery Stuart Town Gaol
Sue Wah Chin Building 17 Shepherd Street
Tennant Creek Hospital Outpatients Department Tennant Creek Telegraph Station
The Residency, Alice Springs
Timber Creek Police Station Precinct
Tnorala (Gosse Bluff) Conservation Reserve Totem Theatre, Alice Springs
Town Hall Ruins Tree of Knowledge
Trestle Bridge and NAR (North Australian Railway) Corridor Katherine Tunck’s Store (Former)
Twelve Mile Chinatown (Settlement and Battery)
Ucharonidge Station Union Camp
VH-CLW Heron Aircraft*
Victoria Settlement Historical Reserve Virginia Townsite Survey Markers
Warloch Ponds Road Bridge Warloch Ponds NAR Bridge Warruwi Church
Well (48 Bath Street, Alice Springs) Westpac Bank
Wimmera Home, VRD
Winnecke Goldfields ‘Cemetery’
Wishart Siding and Fettler’s Mess Woolngi Mine and Settlement
WWII Hughes Airfield
WWII K5 Anti-Aircraft Gun Battery Site
WWII Larrimah Telephone Repeater Station and Powerhouse WWII Observation Posts, Casuarina Coastal Reserve
WWII RAAF Ops Room WWII Shipwrecks
WWII RAAF No.1 Medical Receiving Station WWII Sidney Williams Hut, Stuart Park
WWII Strauss Airfield Anti Aircraft Gun Emplacement
WWII Pell Airfield A4RSU Workshop Site and Main Camp Site WWII Noonamah Railway Siding and Stores Depot
WWII Noonamah Oval and Cricket Pitch WWII Winnellie Camp
Wurrwurrwuy Stone Pictures
Yuendumu Iron Building*