Letter | Be among friends and help preserve research station

HERITAGE: Some of the buildings at the former Bathurst Agricultural Research Station. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 092016cagstat9
HERITAGE: Some of the buildings at the former Bathurst Agricultural Research Station. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 092016cagstat9

AS some Bathurst residents know, several interested persons have been working together over the last four years to protect, conserve and acknowledge the history and heritage of the former Bathurst Agricultural Research Station.

This has been undertaken in a number of ways, including listing of the entire site on the National Trust Register; conducting a Petition of Concern with 196 signatures; heritage listing of the entire Research Station site in Bathurst Regional Council's LEP; and obtaining interest from some 75 persons to establish a Friends Group at last year's Heritage Trades Trail.

The Steering Committee, formed in 2017, is now pleased to inform Bathurst residents that the group, Friends of Bathurst Agricultural Research Station Inc., has recently been registered through NSW Fair Trading.

The objects of the Friends Group are:

1. To preserve, adapt and re-purpose for future generations the historical precinct known as Bathurst Agricultural Research Station, formerly Bathurst Experiment Farm.

2. To retain the site's heritage, infrastructure and agricultural history, buildings and plantings.

3. To establish, unique to the Bathurst Region, a botanic garden, an agricultural museum and education centre.

The Steering Committee would welcome the interest and collaboration of Bathurst residents in the future preservation, adaptation and re-purposing of the former Bathurst Agricultural Research Station.

Christine Perrers, secretary, Friends of Bathurst Agricultural Research Station Inc.