Council launches guide to heritage places and sites
  • Wednesday 24 February 2016
Our heritage, our stories, Discovery Guide, aboriginal sites, historic sites, museums, heritage places, historical societies, research collectionHeritage network representatives today joined council for the launch of Our heritage, our stories Discovery Guide which invites the community to immerse themselves in our region’s rich heritage.

The easy-to-use, pocket-sized 68-page guide includes information on the Coast’s aboriginal sites, historic sites, museums and heritage places, and historical societies and research collection.

There’s a handy fold-out map as well as details on parking, toilets, meals, tea and coffee facilities, disabled access, fees and websites where you can find out more.

It’s now available from council’s customer service centres, libraries and gallery.

Council CEO Michael Whittaker said heritage was an important asset of the Sunshine Coast region and for this reason the Cultural Heritage Levy was introduced in 2009 to provide ongoing funds towards a range of heritage-related initiatives.

“One of those initiatives is council’s Heritage Discovery Guide to raise awareness of the value of our local heritage,” Mr Whittaker said.

“The guide invites people to visit and immerse themselves in the region’s many heritage sites and experience the region’s rich history.

“It acknowledges heritage holds great value as it provides a shared understanding of who we are, where we came from and informs where we are going.

“Council’s Sunshine Coast Heritage Plan also provides a holistic framework for the identification, conservation and management of the region’s heritage until 2020 and aims to cover all aspects of the Sunshine Coast’s cultural and natural heritage.

“By protecting heritage, we can conserve the things that have helped shape the Sunshine Coast’s community of communities. We can also ensure that our stories, traditions and places continue to be celebrated and experienced by future generations.”

Director of Community Services Coralie Nichols said through the Discovery Guide, council aimed to encourage the community to understand the places, stories, people and things from our past.

“The contribution of community groups to heritage conservation is significant across the Sunshine Coast region, with community museums, historical societies and friends groups each undertaking their own initiatives to support heritage conservation on the Sunshine Coast,” she said.

“The guide will take people on a journey from Eumundi in the north to Caloundra in the south and of course over the beautiful ranges to the Hinterland historic sites.

“Residents and visitors will experience Aboriginal sites which provide an important connection to previous generations living traditionally in this region and to the many historic sites that are possible due to hundreds of passionate volunteers.”

The Heritage Discovery Guide is a must-have when people attend the following upcoming heritage events:

  • The Heritage Discovery Showcase from 10am to 3pm on Sunday, March 20 at the School of Arts Hall, Eumundi. The showcase is an opportunity for the heritage industry to come together in one location and showcase the places and stories that make our region special to the community; and 
  • The Heritage Discovery Weekend on April 30 and May 1. This weekend will again shine the spotlight on some of our region’s fascinating museums and heritage places – this time the community can enjoy a fascinating heritage trail by visiting as many of the participating heritage sites as possible.

View an electronic copy of the Heritage Discover Guide and find out more information of the Heritage Discovery events.

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