Statement of Purposes:
The Dry Stone Walls Association of
Australia's aims to acknowledge, promote and celebrate the
historical and contemporary contribution of the construction
of dry stone walls in the shaping of Australia's physical
and cultural landscape.
Its purpose is to liaise with and influence relevant government
bodies and special interest groups in regards to the ongoing
protection, restoration, maintenance and promotion of Australia's
dry stone walls and thereby to:
- promote and assist the statutory protection of dry stone
walls of heritage significance
(yet to be determined) at local, state and national levels
- foster and assist the identification, recording and
classifying of Australia's dry stone walls that are socially,
culturally, architecturally or agriculturally important.
- promote good management of stone walls and in particular
encourage their continuing use by addressing the concerns,
issues and needs of farmers and property owners.
- influence and assist the establishment and maintenance
of a database of dry stone wallers currently practicing
the craft in Australia.
- advocate and assist the development and maintenance
of formal training, assessment and credentialling processes
- influence relevant training institutions to introduce
include and accredit the craft of dry stone walling as
part of their formal curricula.
- value and promote the dry stone skills and early settlement
endeavours of Australia's European migrants.
- acknowledge and promote the craft in the contemporary
context as viable and practical options in rural and urban
- encourage, promote and facilitate opportunities for
the commissioning of dry stone Sculptures
in private and public art applications.
- explore and influence the breadth of opportunities to
promote dry stone walls within local, national and international
cultural tourism industries
- foster and cultivate the promotion of dry stone walls
and the craft of dry stone walling as 'value adding' components
of other educative and leisure industries.
- affiliate, co-operate and exchange information with
similar or 'related' interest groups both within Australia