Airservices recognises its responsibility to protect the value of Australia’s natural and cultural heritage in sites under its ownership and control, in keeping with its existing environmental commitments.
Under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, Airservices is required to identify places that are likely to have Commonwealth heritage values, as listed in the Commonwealth Heritage criteria.
Airservices has released its updated Heritage Strategy 2018-2020, to demonstrate how the organisation is meeting its heritage obligations under the EPBC Act. The organisation also keeps a publicly-accessible heritage register identifying equipment or sites under Airservices ownership or control that have potential or known Commonwealth heritage value. These include air traffic control towers, navigation aids and former communications facilities.
Airservices currently sponsors the Civil Aviation Historical Society, which runs the Airways Museum at Essendon Airport. For many years, Airservices has collected and preserved a range of equipment related to its business such as air traffic control consoles, radomes, fire trucks and navigation aids. This collection is managed and preserved in the Airways Museum and, while largely historical in content, it houses equipment that may help illustrate Commonwealth heritage values of Airservices places.
To improve public access to Australia’s aviation history and contribute to its conservation, Airservices has joined with University of Canberra in a project called Connecting the Nation: Australia’s Aviation Heritage. This project will bring together dispersed sources of aviation history into a single, digital portal.