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The Transformational Power of the HUL Approach: Lessons from Ballarat, Australia, 2012–2017

  • Susan FayadEmail author
  • Kristal Buckley
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Part of the Creativity, Heritage and the City book series (CHC, volume 2)

Abstract

This paper highlights the transformative power of the HUL approach by exploring its innovative application in the City of Ballarat, Australia, since 2012. Part of the global pilot phase for the HUL, Ballarat is notable for its mainstreaming of HUL principles by local government. This has had diverse and impressive outcomes – heritage and culture have completely permeated the city’s work; new community engagement models are being developed and implemented; and many more partners of all kinds are buying in to a bigger vision about culture and identity than before. A broader cultural shift can be observed in Ballarat, and HUL has been an ‘energiser’ for others to try new things. Ballarat’s experience not only highlights how local government practice can be transformed; it predicts transformational change at other levels of government and for heritage practice itself.

Keywords

Historic urban landscape Ballarat Urban conservation Heritage practice Local government Community engagement City management Sustainable development 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The list of people who have contributed to Ballarat’s HUL pilot program is extensive. We would like to acknowledge all those involved and make special mention of Dr. Ron van Oers and colleagues (WHITR-AP); Ballarat’s council officers, councillors and local community members; researchers at Federation University Australia and Deakin University and Dr. Malcolm Borg (UNGCCP); contributing consultants; Francesco Bandarin and colleagues (UNESCO); Dr. Ana Pereira Roders (Eindhoven University of Technology); and Prof. Michael Turner (Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design).

Dr. Steven Cooke (Deakin University) has formed the third member of the continuing research collaboration between Deakin University and the City of Ballarat and has contributed to the reflections that are presented in this paper.

We gratefully acknowledge Dr. Malcolm Borg’s generosity to include his research in this chapter.

Finally, we would like to affectionately thank our fellow ‘HULigans’ who give more of themselves than anyone can imagine to operationalise the HUL approach – they’ve shared lessons and cheered on Ballarat’s efforts from all around the world – you know who you are!

Dedication

The authors would like to dedicate this paper to Dr. Ron van Oers decd. Ron is the sole reason that Ballarat was welcomed into an international pilot program where he gave freely to the city, passionate guidance and, personally, valued friendship. His influence is evident throughout all of Ballarat’s work. We know that we are not alone in hoping that we can carry on his substantial legacy into the future as we are sure he would have hoped.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.City of BallaratBallaratAustralia
  2. 2.Deakin UniversityBurwoodAustralia

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