Few entries for heritage

CHILDREN made up the majority of entries in this year’s Cumberland Local Heritage Award program, with three of the other categories attracting just five entries between them.

However Cumberland general manager Hamish McNulty says there are no plans to change to scope of the awards program.
“The Cumberland Heritage Committee will consider how the program can promoted more broadly to increase the number of entries next year,” he said.
Known as Keeper of the Stone, the Children’s Heritage Award is a colouring-in competition for children from Kindergarten to Year 4 and this year, 87 entries were received from students at four schools – Amity College, Sacred Hearth Primary School, St Peter Chanel Primary School and Widemere Public School.
The artwork competition, which has separate primary and high school divisions, attracted entries from eight students from Amity, St Peter Chanel and Westmead Christian Grammar School, while the writing competition for primary school students in Years 5 and 6, received four entries.
By comparison two entries were received in both the Best Maintained Heritage Property and HistoResearch: Researching Our Local History Categories, and there was just one entry for the Restoration and Development (including adaptive reuse) Award.
The winners of the six categories for this year’s awards were determined at the Cumberland Heritage Committee’s July 2 meeting and endorsed by the council last week.
Book vouchers valued from $100 to $400 are prizes in the three children’s awards categories, while the HistoResearch winner’s prize is valued at $1,000 and the winners of the other two categories each receive bronze plaques, with the total cost including next month’s presentation ceremony, approximately $6,800.