Tamworth Heritage Festival hopes to capture young audience with new and old local treasures

WHAT IS IT: Councillor Juanita Wilson with a "mystery object" from one of Tamworth's museums which will be on display in Ray Walsh House throughout the heritage festival. Photo: Peter Hardin 160317PHA029
WHAT IS IT: Councillor Juanita Wilson with a "mystery object" from one of Tamworth's museums which will be on display in Ray Walsh House throughout the heritage festival. Photo: Peter Hardin 160317PHA029

THIS year’s heritage festival will be giving a voice to the past with a comprehensive lineup of fresh events highlighting Tamworth’s history.

Councillor Juanita Wilson said the community’s involvement has only strengthened on the back of the inaugural festival.

This year’s program will include insight into local Aboriginal history including an event at Boundary Rock, near Daruka and Stories Under the Stars led by Len Waters, while the newly-restored Goonoo Goonoo Station will also be featured.

“Our towns are really built on the past. They’re built on the ethos of the people who went before us,” Cr Wilson said. “We not only need to acknowledge it. We need to share it.”

Cr Wilson was keen to build on strong interest in the festival shown by the region’s younger generation.

“I’m surprised how many young people are so interested and actually feed back things they know,” she said.

The festival runs from April 15 to 29 with event information available at www.destinationtamworth.com.au/heritagefestival.