North Wangaratta cul­tural her­itage project the best

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - By SHANE DOUTHIE

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.

PHOTO: Erin Davis Hartwig - Beech­worth Pho­tog­ra­phers

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.

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