The APT Australasia Chapter is comprised of members of the Association for Preservation Technology International (APT International) currently resident in Australia, New Zealand, Asia or the Pacific.
The APT Australasia Chapter was formally constituted in 2004 (as the APT Australia Chapter) after operating informally since 1989, under the guidance of Donald Ellsmore. The Chapter was renamed the APT Australasia Chapter with an expanded regional coverage in 2010.
Currently, the leadership of the APT Australasia Chapter comprises:
Convenor: Dr Donald Ellsmore, FAPT (Melbourne, Australia)
Co-convenor: David West (Sydney, Australia)
Co-convenor: Bill Jordan (Newcastle, Australia)
Co-convenor: Ian Bowman (Wellington, New Zealand)
The aims of the APT Australasia Chapter are as follows:
- To raise the profile of conservation (preservation) technology in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Pacific
- To foster training and professional education opportunities in conservation (preservation) technology in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Pacific
- To increase the international awareness and spread of APT International activities
- To increase Australasian participation in APT International activities
- To increase Australasian membership of APT International
- To encourage and support the formation of new APT Chapters throughout Asia
Today the APT Australasia Chapter operates largely as a “virtual chapter” through email correspondence and this web presence. The APT Australasia Chapter also organises:
- Seminars or workshops on conservation technology topics, usually in conjunction with other conservation groups, such as Australia ICOMOS, DOCOMOMO Australia, National Trusts, Heritage Victoria, Heritage Branch / NSW Dept of Planning, Historic Houses Trust of NSW.
- Informal talks by local and visiting conservation practitioners.
- The Longford Academy at Brickendon and Woolmers Estates in Tasmania – a self-funded hands-on collaborative learning activity over five days, focussing on conservation issues at these two World Heritage listed properties.
- Support for capacity building training in the World Heritage listed Georgetown, Malaysia.
Membership of the APT Australasia Chapter is automatic for all members of APT International who reside in Australia, New Zealand, Asia or the Pacific. There are no additional membership fees.
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