Managing the Coastal Heritage of Australia

by Peter Cullen, Canberra Coll of Advanced Education, Belconnen, Australia,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


The concept of heritage spaces as a part of open-space systems has been evolving in Australia over the last 15 years. This paper overviews the main approaches that have been developed and identifies key problems that have become evident in the identification, planning and management of the coastal heritage and that must be resolved if management is to ensure the maintenance of the coastal resource. Experience with heritage conservation have shown there are many dimensions to the heritage concept. The major ones of relevance to coastal management are: archeological heritage - aboriginal middens & sites; biological heritage - species, communities, ecosystems; cultural heritage - recreation spaces, access; historical heritage - sites of historical importance; scientific heritage - geological, biological; and visual heritage - cliffs, wetlands, beaches, lagoons, dunes.

Subject Headings: Wetlands (coastal) | Biological processes | Historic sites | Resource management | Maintenance | Water-based recreation | Coastal management | Ecosystems | Australia

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