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Gold Coast history and heritage

Discover how the City of Gold Coast is working to conserve and celebrate the rich and unique heritage of the Gold Coast.

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Heritage awards and recognition

City of Gold Coast has been honoured by a variety of organisations for its work towards conserving Gold Coast's cultural heritage.

The year 2012 was a particularly successful year with the City and its community partners receiving five National Trust (Queensland) Heritage Awards. This success built on work done in previous years and reflects the growing awareness and interest in conserving and celebrating Gold Coast's cultural heritage, both within the local community and further afield.

These are achievements of which our community can be proud. View a summary of our awards below.

2015

National Trust of Queensland Heritage Awards 2015 – Agency Conservation Programs

  • National Trust Queensland Heritage Awards - Silver (Agency Conservation Programs) for our Mudgeeraba Heritage Walk and Education Pack.
  • High Commendation for Heritage Unit projects 2014-2015 – includes the following projects.

Conservation Management Plans

  • Southport Sea Wall, Gold Coast: A Conservation Management Plan, May 2015
  • Schmidt Farmhouse & Outbuildings, Worongary, Gold Coast: A Conservation Management Plan, April 2015
  • Preece House Conservation Management Plan, Bischof Pioneer Park, Nerang Qld, June 2015
  • Maid of Sker Conservation Management Plan, April 2015
  • Former Coolangatta State School, Kirra Hill, Conservation Management Plan Update, May 2015.

Interpretation and promotion

  • Mudgeeraba Heritage Walk
  • Mudgeeraba Heritage Walk Education Pack
  • Pacific Cable signage, Main Beach, Gold Coast
  • Oral history legacies project.

Conservation Works

  • Kirra Hill air raid trench re-discovery, Stage 1.

2014

National Trust of Queensland Heritage Awards 2014 – Governor’s Heritage Award for local heritage projects

  • Silver for the Australian South Sea Islander 150 Years project (ASSI 150). This was a collaborative regional, local and state government project delivered in 2013 to commemorate 150 years since the first arrival of indentured South Sea Islanders to the region to work on cotton and sugar plantations.
  • Silver for Journeys to Sugaropolis. Produced as part of the ASSI 150 project, this historical exhibition looked at the Australian South Sea Islander contribution to the development of the city and adjacent parts of Logan and the Tweed. This region was once referred to as Sugaropolis, where Australia’s sugar industry began on the backs of indentured South Sea Islander labourers. The exhibition told the story of these people and their descendants, from the 1860s through to contemporary times.
  • Silver for The Perfect Fit. This exhibition, accompanying booklet and videos explores the beginnings of cultural diversity on the Gold Coast by looking at our first multicultural entrepreneurs. In the 50s, 60s and 70s the Gold Coast was a series of small towns, with Surfers Paradise as the centre of tourist development. It was growing quickly and it offered many opportunities for those with entrepreneurial vision. The Perfect Fit exhibition runs until December 2014.
  • High Commendation for Heritage Gold – Heritage Open Day program 2014. The series covered the Coast and gave residents and visitors a peek into our pioneering past. Local museums opened their doors for a series of free heritage events providing residents with a guided view into the rich history of the Gold Coast.
  • High Commendations for Conservation Management Plans were awarded for the heritage-listed Preece House, Nerang and former Benowa Post Office, Benowa.

2013

National Trust of Queensland Heritage Awards 2013 – Governor’s Heritage Award for local heritage projects

  • Silver award for the Hot Dogs & Meat Pies - World War II on the Gold Coast exhibition
  • Silver award for the Chesters Road Banana Packing Shed Cultural Heritage Management Plan
  • Gold award for the Cultural Heritage Program of Work.

2012

  • National Trust Queensland Heritage Awards – Silver (Governor's Heritage Award for local heritage projects) for the Queensland Heritage Planners and Officers Conference hosted by the City during May 2012.
  • National Trust Queensland Heritage Awards – Silver (Governor's Heritage Award for local heritage projects) for the Local Educators Bus Tour held during May 2012, facilitated by the City and hosted by the local museums of the Gold Coast.
  • National Trust Queensland Heritage Awards – High Commendation (Governor's Heritage Award for local heritage projects) for the well-researched and thorough Conservation Management Plan, Hardy's House, Hinterland Regional Park, Mudgeeraba. The report, commissioned by the City, was prepared by Andrew Ladlay Architects.
  • National Trust Queensland Heritage Awards – High Commendation (Governor's Heritage Award for local heritage projects) for the Gold Coast Heritage newsletter and Heritage Register brochure. Both are prepared internally by the City and widely distributed within the community.
  • National Trust Queensland Heritage Awards – High Commendation (Governor's Heritage Award for local heritage projects) for the popular Gold Coast Heritage Expo and Fair 2012 held at Evandale Parklands on 12 May 2012. This event attracted over 40 community exhibitors and was supported by live entertainment and a variety of public talks about Gold Coast heritage.

2011

  • National Trust Queensland Heritage Awards – Silver (Governor's Heritage Award for local heritage projects) for the adaptive reuse of former school buildings at Kirra Hill Community and Cultural Centre, a project that involved sound conservation practice which has been well executed.
  • National Trust Queensland Heritage Awards – Silver (Governor's Heritage Award for local heritage projects) for the well-researched and thorough Conservation Management Plan, Rosser's House, Benowa.

2010

  • National Trust Queensland Heritage Awards – Silver (for excellence in heritage conservation works or action) for the book Now and Then – a Gold Coast journey from the past to the present.
  • Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology – won best poster competition for Developing the list; portrait of a local government archaeologist at the 2010 AHSA Conference.

2009

  • Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology - won best poster competition for the Old Southport Sea Wall Dig at the 2009 ASHA international conference.

2008

  • National Trust Queensland Heritage Awards - Gold (for excellence in heritage conservation works or action) for Highway Heritage Oral History Project.

2005

  • National Trust Queensland Heritage Awards - Gold (for excellence in heritage conservation works or action) for the Former Tallebudgera Post Office.
  • Australian Property Awards - Local Government Property Award for the Former Tallebudgera Post Office.

1997

  • Royal Australian Planning Institute Inc Queensland Division - Certificate of Merit in Urban Planning Achievement, Awards for Excellence for Gold Coast Urban Heritage and Character Study.

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