Water infrastructure can be dramatically sited but often makes for contentious heritage. Pass through some of the most beautiful country in the south-west of Victoria, wonderfully refreshed in the last 18 months by drought-breaking rains. Approximately twelve major sites, along with many others from Geelong (Barwon Water and Fyansford) through to Warrnambool (Proudfoot’s Boathouse and Wannon Water) and Port Fairy (King George Square and the internationally significant battery and guns) and on to Tyrendarra, have been chosen to complement the conference themes of aquaculture, early exploration, transport and communication, industry, fresh and waste water infrastructure. The tour includes the sound and light show ‘Shipwrecked’ at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village. It also includes a very special visit to the Lake Condah fish and eel traps (weather permitting), part of the subtle and inspirational Budj Bim (Mount Eccles) cultural landscape that is under consideration for World Heritage nomination. The return journey includes the spectacular Great Ocean Road, Twelve Apostles and the majestic Cape Otway Lighthouse. So why not join the pre-conference tour?
Planning is well under way. Led by Dr Ursula De Jong, the tour will leave from outside the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) at 8.30 am on Tuesday 25 October and return to the same spot by 4.30 pm in time for the Australia ICOMOS AGM and Welcome Reception on the Polly Woodside on Thursday 27 October. The cost per person, twin share, is likely to be about $400 including travel, motel accommodation, most meals, tour notes and all entry fees. A single supplement will be available. The tour can only proceed with a sufficient number of registrations but numbers are strictly limited. The conference committee is asking for expressions of interest to assist with planning.
A final decision on whether the tour can proceed will be made by Wednesday 7 October.
|The above text and photographs are extracted from Hermes, the Heritage Victoria Database. The Victorian Heritage Council is a conference sponsor.|