Heritage Tour gains insight into the history of the hinterland
  • Saturday 26 February 2011

Sunshine Coast Councillor Anna Grosskreutz and the Cultural Heritage & Collections team have just completed a tour to see the hinterland region’s museums and heritage sites in action.

The tour formed part of Cr Grosskreutz’s role as Sunshine Coast Council’s Cultural and Heritage Portfolio holder.

On the agenda for the team’s second tour of the region were Kenilworth, Peachester, Landsborough and Maleny (Pattemore House and Maleny Historical Society).

Cr Grosskreutz said the purpose of the heritage tours were to visit the museums and historical societies across the region and meet with volunteers to understand their aims, priorities, and needs and how council can support them.

"The tours provide an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the scope of our heritage sites’ collections and to chat one-on-one with the volunteers and management committees about council's initiatives across the region," she said.

"As well as seeing all the great work being done, I also gained some insight into the challenges facing this sector, and what assistance they may need.

"The main needs are increasing awareness and visitation to community museums by locals and tourists and creating a regional supportive network for volunteers who are the heart of the heritage sector on the Sunshine Coast."

Cr Grosskreutz chairs a Cultural Heritage Reference Group charged with providing a reference point for council on issues facing the heritage sector and make recommendations on potential priorities for allocation of levy funds and how it will be spent across the Coast.

Council’s Heritage Levy Policy requires that funds will be used specifically for facilities, programs, projects and activities concerned with the preservation and promotion of the region’s history and cultural heritage. Council’s Community Grants has a category that encourages applications for projects that enhance an understanding of, and interest in, the region’s heritage and social history.

The previous heritage tour was held in August 2010. The tour visited Nambour and District Historical Museum, Buderim Historical Society and Pioneer Cottage, Eumundi Museum, Mill Place Precinct in Cooroy which includes the Butter Factory Arts Centre, and the Noosa Museum.