Australia cultural built heritage:Stakeholders' perceived conservation barriers and motivations

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Stakeholders are recognised as drivers of effective conservation of cultural built heritage. Yet, as stakeholders have eclectic views in terms of their interest in, knowledge of and perceptions about the management of historic fabric, their practices are often diverse. The objective of this paper is to gain an understanding of the stakeholders’ views drawn from relevant professional field on the issues that act as barriers to conservation and identify the factors that motivate built heritage management in Australia. Using a qualitative research design, two focus groups were conducted in Queensland and New South Wales with purposely selected key informants (N = 14) working in the Australian heritage sector. The study presents stakeholders’ interest in managing built heritage and the perceptions concerning the application of conservation policy and practices in the Australian built heritage sector, as influenced by the interdisciplinary backgrounds of participants. The paper contributes to an in-depth understanding of the conservation barriers and motivators and their implications for policy and practices in the management of Australian built heritage. The study is based on the perceptions of key informants with diverse interests and knowledge about the conservation of cultural built heritage; this makes the research analysis and implications inclusive and influential from both theoretical and practical points of view.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-173
Number of pages13
JournalPacific Rim Property Research Journal
Issue number2
Early online date14 Mar 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventAnnual Pacific Rim Real Estate Society Conference - University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, Australia
Duration: 17 Jan 201620 Jan 2016
Conference number: 22nd


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