December 19, 2019 - New heritage grant to help protect Cassowary Coast history
A new heritage grant awarded to the Cassowary Coast will help protect the region’s history, with the funding of a series of one-day workshops to be held in Innisfail next year.
The workshops, intended for staff and volunteers in museums and galleries across the Cassowary Coast and neighbouring regions, would help with improved techniques to handle and store valuable artefacts and memorabilia.
Councillor Mark Nolan, of the Cassowary Coast Regional Council said that many items of historical interest were vulnerable to tropical humidity, wild weather events and other threats.
“The Cassowary Coast region is fortunate to have a number of community-based groups that work actively to preserve the region’s history,” Cr Nolan said.
“However these local groups often face the same challenges in maintaining collections, record-keeping standards and countering the effects of extreme climatic conditions.
“There are many risk factors that can damage or destroy items over time, and we want to make sure our history is preserved for future generations.”
Cr Nolan said that the Cassowary Coast Local History Symposium workshops would be held by Queensland Museum staff, and tailored to the needs and capabilities of small, regional libraries, galleries and museums.
The sessions, to be held at the Innisfail library, would cover disaster preparedness and response, exhibition display and object handling, collection policies and collection recording, and how to share and promote exhibitions and displays.
The Community Heritage Grant for the workshops has been provided by the National Library of Australia.