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Council shuffles to improve heritage protection

To say the Auckland Council doesn’t always get it right when it comes to protecting our heritage buildings isn’t presumptuous. You need only look at the furor that broke out earlier this year when Turua Street’s Spanish style Art Deco cottages were demolished despite massive protests and court appeals. But now the Council is seeking expressions of interest for its new Heritage Advisory Panel which the Council says will provide independent advice on heritage issues to council decision makers. 

The panel, to be made up of community representatives and professionals from across the region, is the latest move by the Council to protect built heritage, and joins the establishment a $10million fund to buy at-risk heritage buildings for redevelopment and resale. 

Chair of Auckland Council's Parks, Recreation and Heritage Forum, Councillor Sandra Coney, will chair the new panel in the establishment phase. 

"The panel will raise the profile of heritage in Auckland. It will also bring fresh eyes to heritage management in the council by highlighting heritage issues, advising on heritage policy and working with the successful Urban Design Panel." 

More info, terms of reference and an application pack can be obtained through the Auckland Council website HERE.