Nod to Vil­lage peo­ple

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - TRIS­TAN WHEELER

The Friends of Don­nelly Vil­lage Inc group has received a com­men­da­tion at the 2020 Western Australian Heritage Awards.

The group was a fi­nal­ist in the con­tri­bu­tion by a com­mu­nity-based or­gan­i­sa­tion cat­e­gory, which was won jointly by the Gold­fields Abo­rig­i­nal Lan­guages Cen­tre and the Lock Hos­pi­tal Work­ing Group.

Group pres­i­dent Michael Spight said they were proud to re­ceive the com­men­da­tion.

“It was re­ally pleas­ing to be recog­nised in what was clearly a very strong pool of con­tenders,” he said.

“I think we did well to get a com­men­da­tion, there is some re­ally good work hap­pen­ing out in the com­mu­nity.”

Mr Spight said the rest of 2020 would see ex­hibits at the vil­lage’s museum up­dated with ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion and arte­facts do­nated to the group, the production of video vi­gnettes us­ing recorded in­ter­views, and the restora­tion of the Jack’s shack build­ing.

“Go­ing into the fu­ture, what we want to try and do is make sure that his­tory and sense of com­mu­nity doesn’t get lost,” he said.

“It is a magic lit­tle place to go and stay; every time time you go there you learn some­thing new or find some­thing dif­fer­ent.”

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