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A night of fun, frolics, food and fine wine
Built Heritage in Adelaide Seen From Flinders University City Campus
Our heritage is increasingly under threat in recent times. Our environmental heritage from the Great Australian Bight to the Barrier Reef is in danger from commercial interests. Our built heritage in Adelaide is frequently lost to property developers. And the cultural heritage of indigenous people is threatened by mining interests and the proposed nuclear waste dump.
It's easy to feel helpless in the face of such heritage vandalism. Fortunately organisations such as the National Trust of South Australia (NTSA) are vocal on many heritage issues, while the Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) monitors government policy and helps community groups to deal with legal issues.
Have We Lost Our Way With Built Heritage? Following the Mount Torrens Heritage Trail
Sadly government funding for the Environmental Defenders Office ended in 2013, and it now relies largely on the community for financial support. Despite a number of fundraising events, EDO services in Adelaide have needed to be cut.
You and your friends are invited to help support the EDO at a Heritage Hypothetical on Thursday August 18 2016, a fun night of intrigue and debate spiced with some tasty nibbles and fine wines.
A hypothetical is an imaginary situation or proposition which simulates a real event. Often used to evaluate the likely results of a course of action, hypotheticals were popularised by the ABC TV series Geoffrey Robertson's Hypotheticals.
Event Based on Geoffrey Robertson Hypotheticals, is Moderated by Brian Hayes QC (Image: SBS)
The Heritage Hypothetical is based loosely on the Geoffrey Robertson hypotheticals. Join a panel including an MP, environmentalist, environmental lawyer and historian/planner who will be quizzed by moderator Brian Hayes QC about different scenarios involving natural and built heritage. None of the panelists have any idea what is going to happen. Mr Hayes QC proposes to postulate in totally informative and provocative manner in his not-to-be divulged approach on the topic: Natural and Built Heritage – Worth Defending?
Brian Hayes is well qualified to moderate the Heritage Hypothetical. He is an expert in planning and environment law, and has lectured for decades on the topic. He has also been a principal in major reviews of environmental, heritage and land use planning, and has acted as a consultant to federal, state and local governments. Above all Brian's keen intelligence and quick wit will guarantee an entertaining evening as he steers the panellists along a labyrinthine path for the Heritage Hypothetical.
Artworks For Sale at the Art Auction After the Heritage Hypothetical (Image Supplied)
The evening will be a night of fun and pleasure though, not dry discussion of legal issues. Come along and have a complimentary welcome drink, followed by delicious refreshments including eastern European delicacies, gluten free options, and terribly healthy food and wine provided by Koppamurra Wines.
An art auction will also be held at the Heritage Hypothetical, where a selection of donated artworks will be auctioned to benefit the Environmental Defenders Office. A veil of secrecy (or is it a smoke screen?) prevents me disclosing what will be auctioned, but I have included a couple of preview photos of the artworks.
This is an event for people passionate about heritage, and others who don't know anything about history, but want a bit of fun. In short, a provocative debate, a smorgasbord of food and drinks, socialising, and a chance to bid for an eclectic mix of art. Why pay thousands to attend some political party's fundraiser when for just $20 you can rub shoulders with far more influential people?
Artwork for Sale to Support the Environmental Defenders Office (Image Supplied
The Heritage Hypothetical is being held at Flinders University City Campus, and from the venue you'll be able to gaze out at the wonderful built heritage surrounding you in Victoria Square. You will receive a complimentary wine, beer or soft drink on arrival, and a tempting array of nibbles to graze upon will ensure that you don't suffer too much from over exuberance at the bar.
After Brian Hayes QC conducts his informative and playful hypothetical debate with parliamentarian Mark Parnell, lawyer David Cole, planner/historian Dr Iris Iwanicki and environmental policy maker/lecturer Kathryn Bellette, you will get a chance to expand your art collection.