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Groom Needs to Halt Heritage Register Cuts

Andrea Dawkins

Andrea Dawkins  -  Thursday, 18 June 2015

Tags: Heritage

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Heritage spokesperson

Minister Groom once more tried to deny his plan to axe one third of the Heritage Register is coming apart at the seams in Question Time today.

The Manager of the Minister's so-called "Integrity Project" has resigned, sending a blistering email yesterday condemning the process as being 'politically motivated' and counter to 'good heritage management practice and due process'.  This is what the Greens and Tasmanians who are passionate about our built heritage have long suspected.

The departing Manager's final words confirm that Minister Groom's 'Integrity Project' is a numbers game - the removal of 1653 properties detailed in last year's State Budget.

Calling this an "Integrity Project" - while the project Manager has resigned citing internal obsessions with numbers over heritage value and making scathing observations about political and personal motive - makes a mockery of that title.

Minister Groom needs to  the honest criticisms of his former project manager and call a stop to it immediately to restore public confidence in heritage management.