GOONOO Goonoo Station was a fitting setting for the 2018 Tamworth Regional Heritage Awards, which were announced at a luncheon on Friday.
The historical station, lovingly restored by the Haggarty family, who were honoured with a special award for Significant Contribution to National Heritage.
Tamworth councillor Juanita Wilson said the event recognised the outstanding commitment and contribution to heritage conservation in the Tamworth region.
“The awards recognised those who have been dedicated to honouring our region’s heritage and their contribution is what helps keep the story of Tamworth’s history alive,” Cr Wilson said.
Goonoo Goonoo Station owner and guest speak Simon Haggarty spoke in depth about the trials and tribulations of such a large-scale project.
See the full list of winners below.
2018 Tamworth Regional Heritage Award winners
Conservation (Built Heritage) – Commercial
Winner: Shearer Arcade, 395-401 Peel Street, Tamworth
Highly commended: 73 Queen Street, Barraba
Conservation (Built Heritage) – Community
Winner: Calala Cottage, 142 Denison Street, Tamworth
Special mention: Old Primitive Methodist Church, 82 Jenkins Street, Nundle
Conservation (Built Heritage) - Residential
Winner: Lot A King George V Avenue, Tamworth
Highly commended: 604 Duncans Creek Road, Duncans Creek
Joint winner: The Mechanics Institute, Williamsburg, 87-93 Brisbane Street, Tamworth
Joint winner: The Retreat Theatre, Megabites Café, 63 Bridge Street, Tamworth
Research and Investigation/Analysis
Joint winner: Tamworth identities, Tamworth and District Family History Group
Joint winner: Calala House, the town house of Philip Gidley King
Highly commended: Hanging Rock historic storyboard, Hanging Rock
Special mention: My Story - Nundle oral history project
Education, Interpretation and Community Engagement
Winner: Oxley Scenic Lookout Kamilaroi/Gomeroi country storyboard
Highly commended: Marius Street Powerstation display, Tamworth Powerstation Museum
Significant Contribution to National Heritage
Winner: The Haggarty family, Goonoo Goonoo Station
Warren Newman Memorial Award for Contribution to Heritage within the Region
Winner: Leonard Waters, Len Waters Aboriginal cultural tour
Highly commended: Harry and Robyn Fletcher, Manellae collectables