Legislative protection for heritage places has been in place in South Australia for more than 50 years. State and local heritage registers ensure that a degree of protection is provided to preserve and protect our heritage places. In total there are more than 19,000 places listed across South Australia.
In August last year the state Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure released an eight-page discussion paper that threatened to upset the entire system of local heritage protection. The National Trust objected not only to the provocative content, but to the ridiculously brief 4-week period allowed for public consultation. Under pressure the department extended the deadline by four weeks. By 7 October nearly 200 submissions had been received from councils, residents’ societies, National Trust branches and individuals. The unintended result was the largest survey of public opinion on heritage ever conducted in this state. Apart from showing overwhelming community support for local heritage, the consultation generated a public record of historic significance.
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