North Wangaratta cultural heritage project the best
NORTH Wangaratta’s Historic Storyboard Trail was judged the best cultural heritage project in the state at the recent Keeping Victoria Beautiful (KVB) Tidy Towns Awards.
The five storyboards are located in four strategic sites along the Murray to Mountain Rail Trail from Reedy Creek to Bowser and celebrate and preserve the rich indigenous culture and European settlement for residents and visitors.
KVB judge Brian Winch said the trail and storyboards epitomised what cultural heritage was all about.
“What appealed to me was to hear about a town like Bowser that I wasn’t even aware had existed,” he said
“To learn about the railway station, the community, everything that went on there in the past – in another 20 or 30 years no-one would have known about it.
“Reminding people how important the area was is what cultural heritage is all about.”
Mr Winch said it was also significant that so many people had been involved in the project and there was such diligent research.
“I understand the data gathering, the design and the manufacture was all done locally.
“I hope they continue their work,” he said. “I had great pleasure being there.” North Wangaratta Community Group secretary Marg Pullen said the award was unexpected but an exciting thrill for the group.
“It was wonderful to receive such recognition for such a unique project,” Ms Pullen said.
The group is already discussing ideas about what to do next including for the Rural City of Wangaratta’s rural place making project.
The awards were presented at George Kerford Hotel, Mayday Hills in Beechworth on October 13.
HIGH PRAISE: North Wangaratta Community Group secretary Marg Pullen and committee member Mary Caruso receive the award from Keeping Victoria Beautiful (KVB) board member Enzo Bruscella.