Ministry of culture pursues heritage law

By Mike Puia

THE Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MCT) is pursuing a heritage law for the country.

Director of the National Museum, Tony Heorake, confirmed this when appearing before the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) last week.

Mr Heorake said they are working on the National Heritage bill that would cover all heritage aspects of the country including history, culture, environment and so forth.

He said the Attorney General’s chamber has prepared a bill.

Heorake said they are currently finalising the draft bill and as soon as they are done with it, they will take the bill out for consultation with stakeholders.

He said this is one of the two exciting programs his department is working on.

The other is the plan to build a museum dedicated for locals who involved in World War II as scouts and coast watchers.

Heorake said they are teaming with the British High Commission Office here on this “exciting project”.

He said the British High Commission office has provided money toward this project.

Currently, Heorake said they are working on the concept plan. An architectural plan will be developed based on this concept plan.

The site where the auditorium building at the national museum sits is been earmarked for this proposed museum building.

The director of museum said this museum will be the place that tells the stories of local scouts and coast watchers and their contribution to the Second World War.

He said their involvement in the war is now become part of the country’s heritage.

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