Auckland Council’s Parks, Recreation and Heritage Forum this afternoon recommended setting up a Heritage Advisory Panel.
Forum Chair Cr Sandra Coney describes the move as major step forward towards reinforcing the protection of our built and cultural heritage as a priority in the new Auckland.
“The advisory panel demonstrates the determination of the council to work cooperatively with the community and use their local knowledge and expertise as we work to protect and celebrate our heritage,” says Cr Coney.
The panel will provide external advice to the council on heritage as well as working with the new Auckland Urban Design Panel.
Margot McRae of Devonport Heritage said “It certainly shows the Council is serious about heritage protection. However it all depends on the calibre of the people on the panel. It will be a waste of time if the members are yes-people who are in the pockets of planning staff.”
The proposal follows the establishment of similar forums to support Auckland’s business and rural sectors.
The panel will include technical experts as well as community and stakeholder representatives from across the Auckland regional.
The proposal will enable the council to promote a more efficient integrated approach to managing Auckland’s historic heritage.
The Mayor says the forum reinforces the importance of heritage in the new Auckland. “This is a bold move as we work towards my vision of Auckland as the world’s most liveable city,” says Len Brown.
“When it comes to heritage, we must not repeat the mistakes of the past.”
The work of the forum will be reviewed in 12 months.