I wonder how many "official" channels we can find to confirm submitted nomination dossiers?
Both UK Nominations have been confirmed reasonably "officially"!- Flow Country
- by the Web site of the bid
- with a photo of the Minister receiving the nomination to pass on! - Gracehill
. Officially by the N Ireland gov department
(Interesting that the Scottish devolved equivalent department- the "Culture and Major Events Directorate" hasn't issued a release for its "Flow country", whilst NI, which is supposed to be "without a government!" because of the "Protocol" and other issues, has done so for Gracehill! The devolved Scottish adminstration is possibly still working out which of its members should be descibed as "he" and which "she"- so can't deal with other minor matters!)
I think it is still "expected" that UK's DCMS will issue an "official" press briefing from "the Top" sometime - their tardiness will not surprise @Liam
- there has been yet ANOTHER reorganisation of that department and another new "minister" for part of it since we wrote about it around a week ago!!!. Lacking any other official news at that time I e-mailed the Gracehill contact a few days ago to check that the Nomination had indeed been deposited and was told that they were awaiting something official before putting it up on their own Web site - the NI department press release seems to have fulfilled that requirement - here it is put up yesterday on Moravian.org
( I should commend Gracehill for their courtesy in replying to my e-mail out of the blue to them with a very nice response. A few weeks ago I sent an e-mail to the Mairie de Vézelay to try to bottom the issue about that second nominated area - response to date - Zilch!!! Perhaps they don't reply to e-mails coming from outside the EU - "quarantined for inspection" etc etc... or perhaps French bureaucracy can be as tardy and disorganised as that of UK??)Murujuga
There seems a potential issue regarding preservation in/around the area regarding this nomination - "Indigenous groups say decision to nominate Murujuga cultural area is 'deeply hypocritical' because of government support for industrial projects in the area..........Campaign group Friends of Australian Rock Art (Fara) said industrial expansion could derail the world heritage application at the final hurdle"
It will be interesting to see how much ICOMOS makes of the issue and whther the government has done enough t preseve the nominated OUV even if it hasn't satisfied all the locals.