KEEP Victoria Beautiful has announced Coal Creek Community Park and Museum as the winner of the Cultural Heritage Award in the Keep Victoria Beautiful 2017 Tidy Towns – Sustainable Communities Awards, at an event held in Horsham on Saturday.
Running in Victoria since 1983, the Tidy Towns program sets out to recognise the hard work undertaken by individuals and groups in rural communities, and share these best practices and ideas broadly to continue to improve Victoria’s vibrant rural towns.
Victorian Tidy Towns judge Terry O’Brien said “The Macqueen’s Barber Shop project successfully tells a significant local story reflective of Korumburra’s early settler’s resilience.”
Keep Victoria Beautiful CEO Sabina Wills said the re-exhibition and refurbishment project has brought together many community members from all age groups and demographics, sharing a common goal “to be proud of their local history”.
This project was completed in partnership with the Korumburra District Historical society (KDHS) and Coal Creek Community Park and Museum (CCCPM) after the KDHS found an old article in their archives relating to Lachie Macqueen and his family.
Shirley Holland from the KDHS spent three years researching the families amazing story.
Not only Lachie’s but the fact that seven of his eight children served in World War II, and all returned home.
Sharing resources and information with KDHS to complete the project, Coal Creek volunteers and staff finalised the project to museum standards. Improving signage and interpretation in the museum, the project has told a locally significant story reflective of our early settler’s resilience.
The reestablishment of Macqueen’s Barbers Shop was completed last year.
The town of Korumburra was also shortlisted for the overall Tidy Town award.
This year, Beechworth was the overall winner of the Keep Victoria Beautiful 2017 Tidy Towns – Sustainable Communities Awards.
The prestigious Dame Phyllis Frost Award, which recognises outstanding achievements of an individual in community participation and environmental protection, was presented to Anne Wilson who is a valued member of the Beechworth Community and has been an active part of the Tidy Towns community since 2007.
This year the program received more than 70 applications from across councils, shires, community groups, schools and individuals.