Listing on the State Heritage Register 2000
"There are two reasons why establishing something similar for Haberfield is rapidly becoming a matter of urgent concern.
The first is that Haberfield’s long-standing protection (such as it is) by way of listing on the Register of the National Estate is vulnerable as a result of the dilution of the Australian Heritage Commission in the recent Commonwealth Biodiversity and Environment Protection Act 1999. Unless its own State steps in, there is a real risk its heritage status could revert to that of “just another suburb” – ie none.
"The second reason is that of timing. Next year is not just the Centenary of Federation, but the Centenary of Haberfield – the Federation Suburb. Its foundation in 1901 gives Haberfield not just national, but international significance. In comparison, Hampstead Garden Suburb started in 1906, and Colonel Light Gardens planned in 1914, but not started until 1922-24."
Extract from letter to Dr.Refshauge MLA seeking assistance for listing of Haberfield on the State Heritage Register. August 2000.
Submission to Heritage Strategy Review 2012
“As civic exemplar and custodian, the Commonwealth has a duty of care in heritage issues to put people before economics, because the people are the real owners of Commonwealth property - and the inheritors.”
Schofield Review theme quote– extract from submission to the Committee of Review, Commonwealth Owned Heritage Properties by the Haberfield Assoc, Oct 1995."
The above quote is included here, not only as introduction to The Haberfield Association (Habas) but also to highlight our credentials for comments on heritage as a matter of national concern. We are a respected Community Group, established in 1980 and since then have been working continuously for Haberfield as a both Conservation Area, and as a 1901 Garden Suburb of international significance, to foster community spirit (this being an intrinsic part of Garden Suburb philosophy) and to support the people who live here.
Extract from submission to the Heritage Strategy Review. June 2012