Leader in heritage conservation architecture in Australia and president of Docomomo Australia Dr Scott Robertson was awarded this year’s Bathurst Macquarie Heritage Medal.
Well known for his relentless passion, willingness to lead and dedication to volunteering through the foundation of Docomomo Australia, Dr Robertson has committed his lifetime work to the promotion and enhancement of Australia’s twentieth century modern heritage.
The medal is a nationally recognised annual prize of $25,000 to an individual who demonstrates a significant contribution to the protection or promotion of Australia’s built, social, cultural or environmental heritage.
Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM announced Dr Robertson as winner of the prestigious $25,000 national prize at a dinner at Carrington House in Bathurst on Saturday night.
“This award enables those individuals who have been recognised with the opportunity to share their passion and commitment broader afield and in taking the Bathurst Macquarie name with them, further spreading the reputation this city has for valuing and promoting its unique heritage,” he said.
“We congratulate Dr Robertson and wish him well in his future research and work highlighting some of Australia’s more recent people, places and events and look forward to utilising his incredible knowledge and expertise in our city over the next year.”
Dr Robertson has been specifically acknowledged for authoring the listing of more than 100 areas of heritage significance and specifically his studies on WW1 and WW2 sites and on Inter-War Housing in NSW for the NSW Heritage Office and the National Trust.
The inaugural Chifley Award, the major award of the newly introduced Bathurst Region Heritage Awards was also presented on Saturday night, with the award
presented to Dr David Goldney and Greening Bathurst.
Dr Goldney, in association with Greening Bathurst, created Cox’s Road Dreaming; a project that comprises a guide book and set of maps that tells the story of Australia’s first inland European ‘road’, built by William Cox linking Macquarie’s Flag Staff at Bathurst to Emu Ford on the Nepean River.
Dr Goldney said Greening Bathurst is a small organisation and it was a colossal team effort to make it happen.
“Without that support group it [the project] would never of come to fruition,” he said.
About the Bathurst Macquarie Heritage Medal
The Bathurst Macquarie Heritage Medal is a nationally recognised annual prize awarding $25,000 to an individual who demonstrates a significant contribution to the protection or promotion of Australia’s built, social, cultural or environmental heritage outside their day to day role.
The Bathurst Macquarie Heritage Medal was conceived by Bathurst Regional Council during the Bathurst’s bicentenary year in 2015 and continues to be administered and coordinated by the Council.
As Australia’s oldest inland European settlement on the mainland, Bathurst is home to a range of built and environmental heritage sites and social and cultural lived experiences. Through the Council and community Bathurst is committed to valuing the protection of its heritage and promoting this value to a national audience through the recognition of individuals who demonstrate their commitment to Australia’s heritage.
The inaugural award in 2015 drew a high caliber of nominees, with a short list chosen for a judging process in March and the Medal award ceremony held in May, with Duncan Marshall announced as the first winner of the Bathurst Macquarie Heritage Medal.
The medal award was designed to celebrate all elements of heritage: built, social, cultural and environmental.
1. The goanna is the totem of the local Wiradyuri people and is used to represent cultural heritage
2. The Bathurst’s historic Court House’s roof is used to represent built and social heritage
3. The leaves of the Ribbon Gum tree, found in the region, is used to represent environmental heritage
4. The bird image is indicative of the black-shouldered kite, a common bird across Australia, representing environmental heritage