Bathurst council to present inaugural Chifley Heritage Award

CHIFLEY AWARD: Bathurst mayor Graeme Hanger (centre) with Iain McPherson and Fran White from the National Trust's Bathurst branch. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK
CHIFLEY AWARD: Bathurst mayor Graeme Hanger (centre) with Iain McPherson and Fran White from the National Trust's Bathurst branch. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

A NEW award to recognise Bathurst’s heritage champions will be presented for the first time this year.

The inaugural Chifley Heritage Award will be presented in conjunction with the Bathurst Macquarie Heritage Medal during Heritage Week in May.

While the Macquarie medal, now in its the third year, draws entries from across Australia and the world, the Chifley award will target local projects.

National Trust Bathurst branch chairman Iain McPherson said they would be seeking nominations from all areas of heritage – building and places, natural heritage, people and objects, and their stories.

He said the award was not just about buildings.

“This has been under consideration over the last few months and it is opportune now to work with council so the awards can be presented at a dinner on Saturday, May 6 at the first event of Heritage Week,” Mr McPherson said.

“It provides an opportunity for those with an interest in supporting heritage in the Bathurst community to come to the dinner and celebrate the work of some outstanding individuals and groups.

“We are looking for nominations from people with completed heritage projects including building restorations, booklets, heritage objects or events.”

Mayor Graeme Hanger said the Chifley award would go to someone committed to “protecting, enhancing and promoting” the unique heritage of the Bathurst region.

“This is a natural extension of the Bathurst Macquarie Heritage Medal which recognises excellence in heritage in its many forms at a national level and its role in shaping our cultural identity,” he said.

“It is recognising the role played at a local level by the many dedicated and passionate organisations and individuals who are committed to preserving and interpreting the unique heritage of the Bathurst region.”

Nominations for the Chifley Heritage Award close on April 7.

For further information and nomination forms, email heritagebathurst@gmail.com.