First Keynote Speakers Announced

Closing keynote presentation: Heritage & Community – A Retrospective

Don Godden And Sharon Veale In Conversation With Jane Alexander

We are thrilled and excited to announce that Don Godden and Sharon Veale will be joining us to close the conference. This heritage retrospective will feature three passionate advocates and heritage experts discussing heritage, community, advocacy and involvement.

Join our three closing keynote speakers as they settle in and meander through the early days of the heritage industry and the National Trust, discuss how the community drove the growth of heritage protection in Australia, ponder why this involvement has changed and how we have gone from no heritage protection through to the days of strong protection to a current environment of weak legislation and little community involvement.

Essentially, this conversation will look at where we have come from and what we need the potential future for heritage to look like.

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The Speakers

Don Godden

Don Godden has dedicated much of his life to the preservation of the historic record of NSW, and was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to the community through assessment and conservation of significant buildings and machinery and membership of historic preservation organisations.

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Sharon Veale

Sharon Veale is Chief Executive Officer and Principal at GML Heritage. She brings a wealth of expertise and over 15 years’ experience in Aboriginal and historic cultural heritage assessment, management and conservation for public and private sector clients.

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Jane Alexander

Jane Alexander is a heritage advocate with more than 15 years’ experience in private and community practice. Jane has worked on heritage properties, cultural landscapes and archaeological sites across Australia’s east coast, in both historic and indigenous heritage.

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