Guardians of heritage
Awards confirm it is in good hands
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.”
AWARD WINNING: Welcome to the Paragon Theatre, a great place for special events.