Pol­icy to pre­serve his­tory

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - ■ Ali­cia Perera

The Shire of Ash­bur­ton has in­tro­duced a pol­icy to en­cour­age and bet­ter co-or­di­nate the preser­va­tion of lo­cal his­tory in towns across the area.

The coun­cil car­ried Coun­cil­lor Peter Foster’s mo­tion to de­velop its first lo­cal his­tory pol­icy at the last coun­cil meet­ing.

Shire of Ash­bur­ton pres­i­dent Kerry White said his­tor­i­cal preser­va­tion was a lo­cal coun­cil re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“The col­lec­tion and re­ten­tion of his­tor­i­cal items is an im­por­tant part of preserving a lo­ca­tion’s his­tor­i­cal cul­ture,” she said.

She said the new Ash­bur­ton pol­icy would in­volve the coun­cil tak­ing a “sup­port­ive” more than “di­rect ac­tion” role.

Cur­rently, dif­fer­ent towns in Ash­bur­ton look af­ter their own lo­cal his­tory and have vastly dif­fer­ent ap­proaches.

Onslow mu­seum trea­surer Dawn McAullay said res­i­dents cared about preserving lo­cal his­tory.

“We’ve got lots of things, be­cause Onslow was the port for the district in the good old days … there is a rich his­tory in the mu­seum,” she said.

She agreed there was a need for other Ash­bur­ton towns to have their lo­cal his­tory recog­nised in the same way.

Pic­ture: Dawn McAullay

The old Onslow wool ramp.

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