Following a call for submissions in the 2020 Review of the World Heritage Management Plan by Heritage Victoria, the Royal Society of Victoria provided input on 27 July 2020. Sadly, this submission has not featured in the subsequent report, nor has it been acknowledged via other channels when queried, so we are reproducing it here for general consideration. As with heritage programs the world over, there is a significant gap between the aspirations of a precinct-based conservation strategy and the means to enable it. We have submitted a proposed instrument to address the resourcing gap for consideration and further discussion with government colleagues. The Society has given long consideration to the establishment of a Victorian Government hypothecated trust for the precinct, which would build a fund to both conserve and activate the heritage-listed buildings and grounds in the whole precinct, including our own. We have recommended that such a trust be established, and here outline how this might be enabled.
The Society’s governing Council has supported the Burke & Wills Historical Society’s bid to have the memorial moved into the Golden Mile, on our land at the corner of Exhibition and Victoria, opposite the Exhibition gardens, and we presented our position to the Future Melbourne Committee last night.