GALLE HERITAGE FOUNDATION ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

PART I

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE GALLE HERITAGE FOUNDATION

2. Establishment of the Galle Heritage Foundation.

3. Objects of the Foundation.

4. Powers of the Foundation.

5. Administration of Foundation vested in Board of Management.

6. Constitution of Board.

7. Power of the Chairman of the Board.

8. Staff of the Foundation.

9. Service to Foundation deemed to be service to the Government for the purpose of certain contract.

10. Appointment of public officers to the staff of the Foundation.

11. Seal of the Foundation.

PART II

FINANCE

12. Fund of the Foundation.

13. Audit of accounts of Foundation.

PART III

GENERAL

14. Powers of Minister in relation to the Foundation.

15. State land or building to be made available to the Foundation.

16. Foundation to submit a report of its activities.

17. Foundation deemed to be a scheduled institution within the meaning of the Bribery Act.

18. Members and employees of the Foundation deemed to be public servants.

19. Protection of action taken under this Act.

20. Regulations.

21. Sinhala text to prevail in case of inconsistency.

22. Interpretation.

7 of 1994.

AN ACT to prove for the establishment of foundation called the Galle Heritage Foundation, to specify its objects and powers, and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 26th April, 1994]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Galle Heritage Foundation Act.

PART I

Establishment of the Galle Heritage Foundation

2. Establishment of the Galle Heritage Foundation.

(1) There shall be establishment a Foundation which shall be called the "Galle Heritage Foundation” (hereinafter referred to as the "Foundation”).

(2) The Foundation shall, by the name assigned to it by subsection (1), be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal and may sue and be sued in such name.

3. Objects of the Foundation.

The objects of the Foundation shall be—

(a) to promote the preservation, conservation, and development, of the Galle Fort together with its historic hinterland, as a historic city centre and as an area of archaeological interest;

(b) subject to the provision of written law, to acquire, hold, maintain and dispose of, any immovable and movable property within the Galle Fort and its historic hinterland which has historical, cultural or aesthetic value;

(c) to promote interest among the residents of the Galle Fort in the preservation of the houses, buildings and other property within the said Fort and its historic hinterland and to educate such residents, on the conservation and preservation of the said Fort and its historic hinterland and on the historical, cultural, archaeological and aesthetic aspects of the said Fort and its historic hinterland and to reconstruct, renovate, conserve, upgrade, restore, and find new uses for, the houses and buildings, in the said Fort and its historic hinterland;

(d) to provide access to, and facilities for, the enjoyment of the Galle Fort and its historic hinterland;

(e) to promote the general welfare of the residents of the Galle Fort and of its historic hinterland; and

(f) to do all such other acts or things as may be necessary for the accomplishment of all or any of the above objects.

4. Powers of the Foundation.

Subject to the provisions of section 14, the Foundation shall have the following powers—

(a) to acquire and hold property, movable or immovable, which may become vested in it under this Act or by virtue of any purchase, grant, gift, testamentary disposition or otherwise, and subject to any trusts attaching to such property, to sell, mortgage, lease, exchange or otherwise dispose of the same;

(b) to erect, or cause to be erected, any building or structure on any land belonging to the Foundation, and to manage, maintain, repair, renovate, restore and conserve, any historic, cultural, or archaeological building or structure or monuments vested in, or held by, the Foundation subject to any obligation, by way of trust or otherwise, attaching to such property;

(c) to act as trustees in respect of any property within the Galle Fort and its historic hinterland, for the government or any individual or incorporate or unincorporate body;

(d) to enter into and perform, all such contracts as may be necessary for the exercise of its powers or the performance of its duties;

(e) to receive or collect gifts, grants, or donations, in cash or land from local or foreign sources;

(f) to undertake and to fund, research into the history of the Galle Fort and its historic hinterland and to publish the results of such research;

(g) to maintain, improve, repair and develop, public amenities within the Galle Fort and its historic hinterland, subject to the directions of the Department of Archaeology, the Urban Development Authority, the Galle Municipal Council, the Department of Coast Conservation and of the Ceylon Tourist Board;

(h) to make, draw, accept, endorse, negotiate, buy, sell and issue, bills of exchange, cheques, promissory notes and other negotiable instruments and to open and maintain, current, savings, and deposit accounts in any bank or banks;

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