Thursday, December 14, 2017

New office bearers for heritage committee

David Lee December 7, 2016

AT ITS November meeting, Greater Shepparton City Council’s Heritage Advisory Committee elected office bearers for 2016-2017.

The chairperson will be Geoff Maynard (Toolamba and District Community Plan Steering Committee), deputy chairperson will be Marj Earl (Katandra and District History Group) and the secretary will be Anne Tyson (Merrigum and District Historical Society).

The committee meets monthly and, through discussion and local knowledge, provides expert advice to council on cultural heritage matters, and works to raise awareness of the municipality’s unique local heritage and ensure that such heritage is conserved and preserved.

The committee is involved in a number of major projects within council. The biennial Greater Shepparton Cultural Heritage Awards were established a few years ago to recognise achievements such as good conservation of heritage buildings and places, adaptive reuse of heritage buildings and places, valuable publications about local heritage, good signage of heritage places, and valuable events relating to Greater Shepparton’s varied heritage. There is also a student award, and one to cover any other contribution to heritage in the municipality.

The awards alternate with a public lecture, now known as the Bruce Wilson Heritage Lecture in honour of Bruce’s immense contribution to the area’s history and heritage. Sub-committees have also been established with issues being investigated including developing links with tertiary institutions, strengthening links between tourism and the region’s unique cultural heritage, and researching options, including possible financial incentives, for encouraging land owners to undertake conservation works to places of heritage significance.

Nominations are still welcome for the 2017 Cultural Heritage Awards and can be submitted up to December 9 via council’s website, or in hard copy (forms at the Council Offices and at Shepparton, Mooroopna and Tatura Libraries, or phone 5832 9730 for a form).

Members of the public are welcome to contact the Committee on 5832 9730 with any suggestions or information relating to the heritage of the municipality.