A forum on conserving Geraldton’s heritage will be held at Geraldton Regional Library this Wednesday at 6pm.
Speakers will include National Trust CEO Tom Perrigo, City councillor Neil Bennett, Aboriginal community representative Wayne McDonald, prominent local historian and curator Gary Martin and senior environment and sustainability officer Robyn Nicholas.
The “It’s Time to Talk About Heritage” forum, moderated by Geraldton Newspapers editor Alex McKinnon, will go beyond museums and look at buildings, places, culture and stories related to the heritage of the region.
There will be brief presentations and an open discussion on ideas/desires/likes and dislikes for heritage.
People will be asked to write down top 10 ‘wants’ for the next five years and then asked to take part in prioritising the top five aims for heritage in the City in the next five years. All community members are encouraged to attend.
Those unable to attend can provide input into the strategy via an online survey.
Anyone interested in attending the community forum please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 9321 6088.
The forum is sponsored by the Geraldton Guardian.
The City of Greater Geraldton will also host heritage workshops in partnership with the National Trust of Australia, which is developing a heritage strategy for the City.
The strategy will be prepared by the National Trust and the City and be presented to the council for endorsement.
A range of community stakeholders and representatives from the various regional progress associations will attend individual workshops with the National Trust.
These are designed to seek consultation on heritage matters and invite suggestions for the direction of the heritage strategy.