The Hunter Heritage Network was formed in 1999 as a member based group of people with a vision for conserving the Hunter’s heritage through professional development, education, promotion and networking. The HHN now has over 50 core members representing local government, cultural heritage practitioners and professionals, town planners, the development industry, the educational sector and community.
The Hunter Heritage Network has adopted three inter-related principles -
- The network is committed to advocating for the importance of heritage to the Hunter region;
- The network is committed to raising awareness of the significant economic and social benefits that the heritage sector brings to the communities of the Hunter, and
- The values of the network are based on the principles of the Burra Charter of Australia ICOMOS.
The mission of the Network is to develop an effective and professional heritage industry that value adds to the economic resilience of the region, and takes an active role in promoting the economic and social value of heritage conservation.
Our vision is that the region’s heritage will contribute significantly to the Hunter economy, and attract investment within the region as a value-adding component of tourism, the building industry, and the education sector. A central component of our vision is that heritage will continue to contribute to the region’s economic vibrancy and strengthen economic diversity in the region. Our thinking is available here: Strategic Mapping.
In achieving this vision, our strategy is to empower our members through learning opportunities, workshops and seminars, advocacy, award events, networking, and through support and kinship with our members. We will exchange ideas, share information, and learn from our experiences. We will link with organisations such as the University of Newcastle and the Hunter Institute of TAFE, ensuring our network benefits from fresh ideas and academic rigour. We will continue to partner with the NSW Heritage Branch of the Office of Environment and Heritage, in achieving the goals of the NSW State Heritage Strategy.
Our governance is democratic and member-centered, so we embrace new people and new ideas. The Network was incorporated in 2006 as a not-for-profit association and we hold an annual AGM on the first Monday in December – providing opportunities for all financial members to be involved in the direction and management of the network.
We are funded by member subscription and we are under-written by the Department of Environment and Heritage when we have a shortfall. We rely heavily on volunteer efforts to conduct the business of the Network and all of our Board members donate their expertise and time to the HHN. We are an Affiliated member of the Royal Australian Historical Society.
Professional recognition & expertise
We are recognised by the Planning Institute of Australia (NSW Division). Members of PIA earn credit points for accreditation.
Our members have expertise in the following fields:
- Adaptive reuse of heritage buildings
- Structural Engineering
- Conservation geology
- Conservation of timber road bridges
- Rural conservation
- Materials science
- Museum management and small keeping places
- Urban design
- Industrial history and archaeology
- Indigenous heritage
- Local history