Heritage is not just about old buildings. It is about our natural, cultural and built treasures that have made, and continue to make, a unique contribution to who we are and where we live. These have been handed to us by previous generations, and it’s our responsibility to safeguard them for future generations.
Earlier this year, in Newcastle, there was outrage when it was revealed that the construction of a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet in the city had destroyed a site containing over 5000 items of Indigenous cultural significance – which should have made it one of Australia’s most significant Aboriginal Heritage sites.
David is working to prevent similar disasters and protect Indigenous and European heritage sites by placing the onus of proof on the on developers to establish that their development does not damage local amenity, heritage, environment, transport and infrastructure facilities.
He is also campaigning to mandate the adaptive re-use of heritage buildings, ensuring they remain a vibrant part of their community.