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Talking Point: Cultural voice for Tasmania’s World Heritage


Lee, E and Hamilton, F, Talking Point: Cultural voice for Tasmania's World Heritage, The Mercury, Newscorp Australia, Hobart, Tasmania, 16 July 2016 (2016) [Newspaper Article]

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UNESCO’S World Heritage Committee has given its support to the federal and state government decisions that the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area country is to be jointly managed with Aboriginal people, stating that the agreement is "exemplary".

The World Heritage Committee, in its annual meeting in Turkey, has required that a detailed cultural values assessment be undertaken over the next two years and that Tasmanian Aboriginal people be heavily involved in the Tourism Master Plan. However, the time gap between the cultural values assessment and the application of those findings for a Tourism Master Plan needs to be addressed.

What is of particular concern, and noted by the World Heritage Committee at the same meeting in regards to Canada’s First Nations people, is the trend towards "Disneyfication" and the distortion of genuine traditions by contemporary groups for "therapeutic purposes" masquerading as tourism.

Item Details

Item Type:Newspaper Article
Keywords:TWWHA, Tasmania, Indigenous, heritage
Research Division:History and Archaeology
Research Group:Curatorial and Related Studies
Research Field:Heritage and Cultural Conservation
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Heritage
Objective Field:Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage
UTAS Author:Lee, E (Dr Emma Lee)
ID Code:113904
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2017-01-26
Last Modified:2017-04-11

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