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Museums are the "prop depart-
ments of our culture" and need
to be enlivened, rather than
preserved, Jon Hawkes said.
Mr Hawkes is the resident cultural
analyst with the culture development
network of Victoria and he joined
three Marion City Council members
for a panel debate on the theme
Culture: an Essential Ingredient for
a Sustainable Future? in Adelaide on
The debate was held in the new
Royal Institute of Australia (RiAus).
Mr Hawkes argued culture was as
important for Australia as any other
issue, including climate change and
the economic crisis.
"Culture is one of the domains in
which we live. We live in an economy,
we live in a society and we live in a
culture. In that sense culture is part of
our human behaviours," he said.
Policy-making and culture are
interlinked because of this, but it was
still important to be careful about
Jon Hawkes outside the South Australian Museum.
Photo: Kate Elmes
division with the
Ms Reinhold has worked in
the finance broking industry
since 1997 in various positions,
including loans consultant,
administrator, customer service
manager, business development
manager, trainer and industry
examiner for such companies as
Macquarie Bank, Century 21 and
the Australian Finance Group.
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takes up the role
after about 30 years of experi-
ence with NAB.
He was most recently the
SA associate director of
In his new position Mr Mertin
will head a team of banking
specialists dealing in strategy,
finance, risk management and
working capital management.
is one of Ms D'Adorante's
She has green star accredita-
tion with 10 years' experience in
the design sector.
Ms D'Adorante has worked
with Hames Sharley for two
years and most recently
headed its interior design
Corporate section at Morphetville racecourse
4: Lyn Gould (Workspace); Trevor Gould (Workspace); Heather Chambers (Laminex) and
Justin Laminex (Laminex)
5: Tony Davison (Channel 7 Adelaide); Matt Benson (CEO Sturt Football club); Mark Haysman
(CEO Port Power) and Andrew McEvoy (SA Tourism)
6: Gary Copeland (Hedges Asset Planning); Anastasia Mavrin (ING) and Graeme Hedges
(Hedges Asset Planning)
7: David Cavuoto, Mark Aldridge, Alistair Walker and Robbie Yecchiotti (all CMI Toyota)
8: The view from the corporate area
Knight Frank Melbourne Cup lunch at the Adelaide
1: Peter Feeney (BankWest); Kylie Wood (Isis Projects)
and Alex Cook (Isis Projects)
2: The Knight Frank Gala begins
3: Tom Waltham (Capital United) and Tim Mableson
how governments dealt with cultural
issues, Mr Hawkes said.
"Culture is always there, it's just
that it's not recognised and that's
when dangerous things like compla-
cency happen," he said.
Spaces, like museums, help keep
cultural awareness high in the public's
"A society can only have fruitful
conversations if there is public space
in which those conversations can
happen in an enjoyable way," he said.
Mr Hawkes said it was vital to
provide forums for people to tell their
stories and discuss the future without
the aggression often associated with
politics. Creating these opportunities
also helped cultural ideas feed up from
a community level, rather than be
dictated at a policy level.
The danger with museums, in
particular, was treating them as a
place for preservation, rather than a
place for learning.
"To remain vibrant the collections
in museums need to have stories
told around them all the time. If that
doesn't happen they just become
tokens," he said.
The Marion City Council has a
strong interest in cultural develop-
ment. It was represented at the talk by
Marg Edgecombe, Suzy Stiles and Joe
Noone who outlined how some of Mr
Hawkes' ideas had been used in the
cultural development of the Marion
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