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Seminar program Friday 30 March 2012

Hi there, the 2012 HHN seminar is being held at beautiful historic Murrurundi in the upper Hunter valley. Our sponsor is Upper Hunter Shire Council. The day rate for members is free while the day rate for non-member is $35 payable on the day (at registration).

Please RSVP by Thursday 22 March to

Hope to see you there – Sarah 🙂

Murrarundi Self-guided walking tour brochure 

Hunter Heritage Network Seminar at Murrurundi 30 March 2012

Murrarundi Four Bridges Self-guided Walking tour


AGM 5 December 2011

Monday 5 December is our annual general meeting, Auchmuty Library, University of Newcastle. If you want, you can have a debate, provide your thoughts and vision, or just have a vent with your colleagues. We all do it.

Take a look at the Agenda; President’s report; and financial statement below.

Financial Statement 2011_2011

AGM 2010_2011 President report

AGM Agenda_051211_AGM 2010_2011-1-1

Minutes (Draft) HHN AGM 2011 (These minutes are draft until adoption at AGM 7 December 2012)

Newcastle as a Museum

New thinking on Newcastle’s open air museum

At the Hunter Heritage Network seminar on 30 September 2011, Dr Nancy Cushing revisited her paper on the City of Newcastle as an open air museum.

Read the paper Nancy Cushing paper_Newcastle as a museum revisited.

We thank Dr Cushing for allowing us to publish this paper on our Blog. Dr Cushing welcomes comments too so be sure to find her email address within the paper.

A heritage rail line is transformed into a great new use

The former New Redhead colliery railway - finally completed as the Fernleigh track. A heritage asset is re-purposed and re-used once again

From the City of Newcastle website we are thrilled to report on the following community event –

Dust off you bike or get your walking shoes on – the Fernleigh Track is finished! Celebrate the completion of the 15km shared pathway from Adamstown to Belmont by walking or riding the track. The join in the family fun at Liles Oval, Redhead where there will be loads of free activities. •face painting •temporary tattoos •amusement rides •displays •giveaways •great local entertainment

You can grab a sausage sandwich BBQ, take in a historical photo display. We will be rocked by Anna’s School of music, pepped up by Cardiff Northlakes Brass Band, serenaded by the Redhead Infants singing group, and you will be jigging along with the Clan McEwan Pipe Band and dancers. There will be plenty of interactive activities to take part in – there is the bike chase game, soccer clinic, cricket clinic, and jungle sports obstacle course.

When: Saturday 2 April Time: 10am – 2pm Where: Liles Oval, Cowlishaw Street, Redhead

Ed’s note – The City of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Council have finally completed the re-generation of the New Redhead colliery railway. At 15kms in length the outcome is proof that a strategic and integrated approach to comnuity assets across council borders is really essential. The history of the track is obvious and retained into the experience. Well done eveyone who was involved in this adaptive re-use project.

Before - the disused rail line at the Fernleigh Loop. Semaphore signals in the background
After - the way is paved for walkers and cyclists to enjoy this wonderful community asset

Annual Seminar Friday 30 September 2011

This year our annual seminar is being hosted by the University of Newcastle’s Cultural Collections and is being held at the Auchmuty Library on Friday 30 September 2011.

Put this in your diaries so you don’t miss it. This will be a full day and will include a site visit to the historic mining township of Minmi, currently the subject of a Coal & Allied Part 3A Application for 3000 house lots. We are also considering a trip to Catherine Hill Bay to take in the view of the historic village before it changes forever. This is still to be worked out so anyone who has a burning desire to visit the place with the Network, please provide your feedback as soon as possible so we can organise it.

The Board is very excited about the program this year, given the big focus on conservation projects in the Hunter at the current time.
Stay tuned for a final agenda but at this stage we are focussing on ourselves! What we do, what we are going to do (including an update from each of us on the projects funded under the $2mill Hunter heritage program), and the ongoing debate about heavy industry in the region – coal mining and its impact. Sue Jackson-Stepowski will be making a special presentation about industrial heritage in Germany, and other matters. We will also look at case studies on the recently expanded housing Codes SEPP.
For those who can’t be physically present, the venue offers Video Conference Facilities. Please contact me personally to make arrangements if you wish to use these. Sessions may also be blogged to the Hunter Heritage Network weblog.
The Hunter Heritage Network is a professional forum for heritage issues in the Hunter Region. Our mission is to support professional development in the conservation sector throughout the Hunter region by offering a meaningful program of seminars and training; and to provide essential networking opportunities so that we can be increasingly effective in our work.

Should you wish to discuss with me my number is 0413 736 223.

All the best
Sarah Cameron
President and Public Officer
Hunter Heritage Network Inc.

We at the Network love this colour scheme

Hunter Heritage Network’s position on the proposed removal of Wambo from SHR

The HHN is opposed to the removal of Wambo Homestead from the State Heritage Register. The owner of the item, Peabody Coal, has made an application to the NSW Heritage Council pursuant to Section 38 of the Heritage Act that the complex be removed. Peabody Coal’s central argument is that long-term conservation is unecessary, and that the Company, which  happens to be a large publicly listed mining company, faces financial hardship if it is not removed.

We hold that removing the 1830s Wambo complex from the SHR on the basis of finanical hardship threatens the integrity of the State Heritage Register and the Heritage Act. The Network is concerned that it sets a worrying precedent as all owners of heritage items would be entitled to claim finanical hardship in the form of foregone development opportunities.

To read our  Submission on Wambo Homestead 091110, please click here.

You can also read the exhibition documents and other reports relating to the proposal at the Heritage Branch website. 

Sarah Cameron