Guardians of her­itage

Awards con­firm it is in good hands

Isis Town and Country - - News - By JODIE DIXON

HELD in part­ner­ship with the Queens­land Her­itage Coun­cil and QUT, this year’s Na­tional Trust Her­itage Awards will mark 40 years of cel­e­brat­ing out­stand­ing achieve­ments in cul­tural her­itage.

Na­tional Trust CEO Jonathan Fisher said the first Queens­land Her­itage Award, the John Herbert Award, was re­ceived on Septem­ber 29, 1975, by the Goondi­windi Town Coun­cil for “a mer­i­to­ri­ous restora­tion” of the Goondi­windi Cus­toms House.

“Forty years later the Her­itage Awards are at­tended by more than 200 peo­ple cel­e­brat­ing the valu­able work done in her­itage across Queens­land each year,” Mr Fisher said.

There were 40 cer­tifi­cates awarded to projects from all around Queens­land, from Cooktown to Coolan­gatta, Clon­curry to Coronet Court.

The five cat­e­gories in­cluded:

Con­ser­va­tion plan­ning – recog­nis­ing the valu­able con­tri­bu­tion of own­ers, clients, con­sul­tants, com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and mem­bers of the public.

In­ter­pre­ta­tion and pro­mo­tion – pre­sented to projects that demon­strate ex­cel­lence in the in­ter­pre­ta­tion and pro­mo­tion of Queens­land’s history and cul­tural her­itage.

Con­ser­va­tion works – recog­nis­ing the valu­able con­tri­bu­tion of own­ers, con­sul­tants, builders and trades­peo­ple.

Agency con­ser­va­tion pro­grams – pre­sented to gov­ern­ment agen­cies and gov­ern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions at any level that demon­strates ex­cel­lence in plan­ning, con­ser­va­tion, in­ter­pre­ta­tion and pro­mo­tion of her­itage.

Achieve­ment awards – recog­nis­ing life­time achieve­ment, the achieve­ment of young peo­ple, and that of vol­un­teers or vol­un­teer groups.

The over­all win­ner – The John Herbert Me­mo­rial Award – for the most out­stand­ing en­try this year is awarded to Queens­land Schools Her­itage Strat­egy.

One hun­dred and seven schools were iden­ti­fied as sig­nif­i­cant and nom­i­nated to the Queens­land Her­itage Register.

His Ex­cel­lency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Gover­nor of Queens­land pre­sented the awards.

Re­cip­i­ents from all over Queens­land gath­ered at Old Gov­ern­ment House QUT in Bris­bane on Thurs­day, Au­gust 20, to ac­cept their awards.

The Paragon Theatre won sil­ver at this year’s awards in Bris­bane.

The award was for con­ser­va­tion works.

Nigel and Marissa Craft are the cur­rent own­ers of the Paragon Theatre and are ex­cited about win­ning sil­ver.

“It has been a long strug­gle and this award makes it worth­while,” Mrs Craft said.

“I en­cour­age the com­mu­nity to come to the Paragon and en­joy what we have on of­fer.”

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

AWARD WIN­NING: Welcome to the Paragon Theatre, a great place for spe­cial events.

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