Entries open for heritage award

19 July 2021

Nominations are open for the Fergus Thomson OAM Heritage Award, which recognises projects contributing to the community’s appreciation and awareness of the Eurobodalla’s heritage.

The annual award honours the former shire mayor, the late Fergus Thomson OAM, who had a strong commitment to the preservation of the cultural heritage of the region.

Mr Thomson was Eurobodalla’s first popularly-elected mayor and remained a councillor until his passing in 2015. He was devoted to serving the Eurobodalla, had a deep connection to the Aboriginal community and was a passionate advocate for the protection of culture and country.

Eurobodalla Council’s strategic planner for heritage, Steve Halicki, said the award was the perfect way to honour Mr Thomson, who gave so much to the community.

“We want to continue Fergus’s legacy while at the same time giving some well-deserved recognition to others working to preserve and promote Eurobodalla’s cultural heritage,” he said.

“The award offers a $1,500 prize to local individuals, groups or organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to our appreciation and awareness of the rich heritage of the Eurobodalla Shire, just as Fergus did.”

The Moruya Antique Tractor and Machinery Association won the inaugural 2020 award in recognition of its outstanding efforts in bringing the shire’s agricultural and industrial stories to a wider audience.

Mr Halicki said to be considered in 2021 projects must have been completed in the past two years.

“Nominees may have restored a historic building, written a historical book, made a blog or even created a film,” he said.

“The important element is the contribution to our awareness and knowledge of the Eurobodalla's heritage.”

Nominations for the award close Wednesday 29 September 2021.

Enter online or contact Council’s strategic planner for heritage Steve Halicki on 4474 1324.