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e-BULLETIN No. 132 – 6 December 2014


Hon Editor, Dr Ruth S. Kerr




1) Green Army project applications


2) National Trust's Heritage Festival 2015


3) Sydney's abandoned railway tunnels


4) New publication : Conserving cultural landscapes


5) G20 and the history of Queensland defences against threats of Russian invasion



1) Green Army project applications


The Green Army is a hands-on, practical, grassroots environmental action programme that supports local environment and heritage conservation projects across Australia.

Round 2 is currently open. The Australian Government is providing additional opportunities for projects beginning in the 2014/15 financial year for community organisations, environment groups and local councils to apply for Green Army projects in their region.


Applications open Wednesday 12 November 2014

Applications close 2.00pm AEDT (Canberra time) Tuesday 9 December 2014


What projects are eligible?

Projects must have a clear environment or heritage conservation focus and offer participants valuable practical experience, while supporting a safe work experience. Projects will be guided by local community needs and contribute to Australia’s national and international environmental priorities and obligations. A full list of eligible activities is provided in the Green Army Round 2 Project Guidelines 2014-15.

To be eligible for this round, projects must be ready to commence between 1 January 2015 and 30 June 2015.
Applicants who were unsuccessful through Round 1 may re-apply under this round.

While it is encouraged that potential applicants discuss their project ideas with one or more of the appointed Service Providers, applicants are welcome to apply even if they are not working with or consulting a Service Provider.




(Source: - 3 December 2014)



2) National Trust's Heritage Festival 2015


The National Trust’s Heritage Festival has been showcasing some of Australia’s best heritage events across the country for 35 years. These events celebrate our heritage and the stories and customs that have created our communities and shaped our towns and cities.

The Heritage Festival is the longest running community festival in Australia, and the National Trust is receiving registrations by 12 December 2014 for the 2015 festival. The theme next year centres on Conflict and Compassion, and can be interpreted to cover anything from the ANZACs to Australia’s Indigenous past. The theme encourages embrace of all Australian culture - from endurance and positivity, to overcoming hardships as a country.

Registration by 12th December will ensure inclusion in the free events listing guide which details the celebration around the nation, state by state and region by region. The Festival has been made possible through the support of the Office of Environment & Heritage New South Wales and the Australian Government.

For more information visit the National Trust Heritage Festival website:


(Source: Australia ICOMOS Email News 660 – 28 November 2014)



3) Sydney's abandoned railway tunnels


This article on abandoned railway tunnels will interest many historical society members and broader networks.

It has come from The Ideas Network on ABC Radio.


(Source: Andrew Davies – Online Producer – ABC RN - email – 17 November 2014)



4) New publication : Conserving cultural landscapes


Conserving Cultural Landscapes – Challenges and New Directions
Edited by Ken Taylor, Archer St. Clair, Nora J. Mitchell


New approaches to both cultural landscapes and historic urban landscapes increasingly recognize the need to guide future change, rather than simply protecting the fabric of the past. Challenging traditional notions of historic preservation, Conserving Cultural Landscapes takes a dynamic multifaceted approach to conservation. It builds on the premise that a successful approach to urban and cultural landscape conservation recognizes cultural as well as natural values, sustains traditional connections to place, and engages people in stewardship where they live and work. It brings together academics within the humanities and humanistic social sciences, conservation and preservation professionals, practitioners, and stakeholders to rethink the meaning and practice of cultural heritage conservation, encourage international cooperation, and stimulate collaborative research and scholarship.

To purchase a copy, click


(Source: Australia ICOMOS E-News No 661 – 5 December 2014)



5) G20 and the history of Queensland defences against threats of Russian invasion


During the G20 meeting in brisbane, Australia had four RAN frigates and an RAAF long range P3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft monitoring four Russian naval ships as they headed southward in international waters in the Coral Sea. Cook Shire Mayor, Peter Scott, has highlighted Cooktown’s role in defending Queensland against rumoured Russian invasion in the 1880s. On 10 April 1885 Cooktown Municipal Council resolved to ask the Queensland Premier for funds to obtain arms, ammunition and a competent officer to defend the area against the Russian threat. In 1887 a large cannon was sent together with three cannon balls, two rifles and an officer. The cannon was installed on the bank of the Endeavour River in Cooktown and has remained there ever since. On the 13th November Mr Chris Vella and Cr Scott fired a cannon in practice. The Queensland colonial government installed defences at various other coastal sites including Thursday Island, Townsville and Fort Lytton  in Brisbane in response to the perceived Russian threat.

(Source: Australian 14 November 2014 p.3 including two photographs)