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Heritage award nominations open next week

July 14, 2023 7:04 am in by

Nominations for this year’s $1,500 Fergus Thomson OAM Heritage Award open on Monday (July 17).

The award recognises individuals, groups or organisations making a significant contribution to promotion, management, or conservation of the Eurobodalla shire’s heritage.

Previous award winners include the Moruya Antique Tractor and Machinery Association, long-time member of the Moruya & District Historical Society Shirley Jurmann, and local military historian, Gary Traynor.

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Eurobodalla Council’s manager of strategic planning Elizabeth Rankin said nominees must have completed their project in the last two years.

“They may have restored a historic building, written a historical book or created a film on Eurobodalla’s cultural heritage. The important element is a contribution to knowledge and awareness of the shire’s heritage,” Ms Rankin said.

Fergus Thomson was Eurobodalla’s first popularly elected mayor and remained a councillor until his passing in 2015. Throughout, he was a passionate advocate for the protection of culture and country, with deep ties to the local Aboriginal community.

“This heritage award recognises Mr Thomson’s legacy while bringing well-deserved recognition to others working to promote our shire’s rich history,” Ms Rankin said.

Nominations for the award close at 4pm on Friday 11 August 2023.

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For more information on the award and nominations, visit the heritage award webpage or contact Council’s strategic planning team on 4474 1000.

Image: Eurobodalla Shire Council

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