Expressions of interest sought for Chairperson of the interim Aboriginal Heritage Council Fri 10 August 2012 Brian Wightman Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage The Tasmanian Government has called for expressions of interest for people interested in taking on the position of Chairperson of the interim Aboriginal Heritage Council (AHC). The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Brian Wightman, said the Chairperson would play a critical role in helping to establish the new body. "The interim council will give Aboriginal people the chance to exercise their skills and to gain further experience in the practical protection and management of their heritage," Mr Wightman said. "The body will provide advice and recommendations on Aboriginal heritage matters such as permits, policies, standards and criteria. "It will operate within the current Aboriginal Relics Act 1975 and its recommendations will be made directly to the Minister." Mr Wightman also noted that the Chairperson and the interim AHC would play an important part in the ongoing consultation process to develop the new legislation. "We're expecting to consult on proposed new Aboriginal heritage legislation later this year, and the Council's role in that legislation is pivotal," he said. "The trialling of an AHC in the lead up to implementation of the new legislation will provide both the Government and the Aboriginal community with insight into how such a Council could best operate. "The new Aboriginal Heritage legislation will aim to improve the protection and management of Aboriginal heritage, while also providing clarity for landowners and developers. "Significantly, it will give the Aboriginal community an integral role in the management of their heritage." Applications for the position close on Friday 31 August 2012.