Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area Advisory Committee

The Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area (KAVHA) Advisory Committee provides expert and community input to the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications to guide management of KAVHA including advice on:

  • best practice techniques to conserve the existing fabric and heritage objects present on the site
  • actions that will protect and present, with authenticity, the rich and interwoven natural and cultural landscape of KAVHA
  • strategies to achieve effective governance and good management
  • opportunities to improve tourism use and the financial sustainability of the site
  • approaches for facilitating enduring community partnerships.

The KAVHA Advisory Committee is chaired by the Administrator of Norfolk Island, Mr Eric Hutchinson, with the following five members:

  • Mr David (Dids) Evans of Norfolk Island is a landholder within KAVHA with experience in working and living on the site. Dids has a strong interest and considerable experience in conservation and major heritage restoration and renovation work. He is an active member of the Norfolk Island community and is a member of the Norfolk Island Council of Elders, the Norfolk Island Country Music Association, and a former member of the Norfolk Island Legislative Assembly. Dids is recognised internationally for his strong commitment to Norfolk Island culture.
  • Mr Duncan Evans is a Norfolk Islander of Pitcairn descent. Duncan is a local business operator with extensive experience, and interest in, commerce, tourism, marketing and economic development. Duncan is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Norfolk Island, and most recently a member of the (former) Norfolk Island Advisory Council. Duncan brings extensive experience and an ability to contribute to a sustainable environmental and economic future for KAVHA.
  • Dr Jane Harrington has more than 25 years" experience in cultural heritage management and is currently the Director of Conservation and Infrastructure at the Port Arthur Historic Site. Jane's academic and professional background encompasses anthropology and archaeology, including doctoral research undertaken in management issues and communities at World Heritage sites. Jane is a member of the Australian Heritage Council and a past president of Australia ICOMOS.
  • Ms Susan Prior is a professional freelance writer and editor, former employee of Norfolk Island Regional Council, and initiator of the informal Norfolk Island Digital Commuters group. Susan has a passion for our natural world and history, and a desire to improve visitor experiences and the way information about KAVHA is communicated.
  • Mr Kevin Sumption PSM is the Director of the Australian National Maritime Museum and has been an executive member on the boards for the Powerhouse Museum, Museums and Galleries NSW and Royal Museums Greenwich in London. Kevin has extensive experience in museum curation, collection management, tourism and associated business management with a focus on digital curatorship and community outreach services.


  • Advisory Committee communique—9 August 2019 PDF: 228 KB