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Nominations close: Bathurst Macquarie Heritage Medal
Mon March 12
Nominations are now open for the Bathurst Region Heritage Awards as part of the Bathurst Macquarie Heritage Medal program.
The awards recognise local projects that protect, enhance and promote the unique heritage of the Bathurst region and are a partnership project between the National Trust (Bathurst & District Branch) and Bathurst Regional Council. The Chifley Award will be awarded to the most outstanding contribution to the built, natural or cultural heritage of the Bathurst region. Nominations close Monday 12 March 2018.
Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said the Bathurst Macquarie Heritage Medal is a prestigious annually awarded prize acknowledging the significant contribution of an individual to the protection, promotion and enhancement of Australia’s heritage; where heritage refers to natural, built, social or cultural heritage.
“The award was introduced in 2015 as a legacy event of the city’s Bicentenary and celebrates the protection, enhancement and promotion of Australia’s heritage and helps raise awareness about the immense value of celebrating and acknowledging the people, places and events that have shaped us today,” he said.
“By creating the award in the city’s 200th year, and marking our place as Australia’s oldest inland European settlement, Bathurst is also staking its claim on the importance of history and heritage.”
The award has been presented each year since, honouring champions of heritage from a variety of fields.
The 2015 winner was Duncan Marshall a heritage conservation consultant; in
2016 the honour was bestowed on Prof. Robyn Sloggett AM from Melbourne University’s Grimwade Centre for her work in heritage conservation while
2017 winner Dr Scott Robertson received the award for his commitment to the promotion and enhancement of Australia’s twentieth century modern heritage.
The Bathurst Macquarie Heritage Medal is awarded at a dinner in Bathurst in May, to co-incide with the city’s Proclamation Day celebrations, the day Governor Lachlan Macquarie proclaimed the site for the settlement of Bathurst.
In 2018, the awards night will once again include a celebration of local heritage with the announcement of Bathurst Region Heritage Awards.
These awards include The Chifley Award, which is awarded to a project that demonstrates the most outstanding contribution to the built, natural or cultural heritage of the Bathurst region.
The local heritage awards are run in conjunction with the Bathurst and District Branch of the National Trust.
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