Sunshine Coast Cultural Heritage Reference Group members announced
  • Friday 24 September 2010

Sunshine Coast Council’s Cultural and Heritage Portfolio councillor Anna Grosskreutz today announced members selected to form the Sunshine Coast Cultural Heritage Reference Group.

The reference group will provide strategic advice on how the $720,000 generated by the new Heritage Levy will be spent across the Coast. Their focus will be on raising the profile of cultural heritage throughout the region and supporting the development of a regional network of individuals, organisations and museums in the heritage sector.

Members selected for the group include representatives of council, historical societies, cultural and heritage groups and associations, business, tourism and the community.

Cr Grosskreutz said the diversity of skills and experience of those nominated made the selection process of the reference group extremely challenging.

“Congratulations to the members of the Sunshine Coast Cultural Heritage Reference Group and thank you to everyone who nominated. Deciding the members from the extensive number of quality nominations was a difficult task.

“We are now looking forward to utilising the diverse mix of skills, knowledge and experience of the group as we work together to develop sustainable and strategic priorities for cultural heritage across the region.”

The Sunshine Coast Cultural Heritage Reference Group held its inaugural meeting last Thursday 16 September. Members of the group include:

- Clive Plater - Eve Fesl
- Lenore Meldrum - Jeanette Alfredson
- Judy Powell - Wendy Dixon
- Greg Roberts - Shaun Walsh
- Roger Todd - Lyndon Davis
- Helen Page - Ann Ross
- Kate Greenwood

Reference group members will hold their voluntary positions for 12 months, after which time they will be able to re-apply for the position.

As part of her new role as Cultural Heritage Reference Group Chair, Cr Grosskreutz last month completed her first heritage tour of the region’s cultural heritage sites. Her tour took in the Nambour and District Historical Museum, Buderim Historical Society, Discover Eumundi Museum, Cooroora Historical Society, Noosa Museum and the Cooroy Mill Precinct.

October will be a dynamic month for cultural heritage initiatives across the Sunshine Coast, commencing with Up the Coast, Our Stories Our Collections: Sunshine Coast Heritage Collections exhibition open at the Butter Factory Arts Centre, Cooroy from 1 October.