The newly appointed members of Toowoomba’s Heritage Advisory Committee (HAC) agree that new ideas are required to make the Toowoomba region’s unique cultural heritage available to a wider audience.
Earlier this month local heritage enthusiasts, who make up the new HAC, met for the first time to discuss the way forward for promoting heritage in the region alongside council’s Heritage Advisor, architect Stephanie Keays, Planning and Development Services portfolio leader Cr Peter Marks and Cultural and Heritage portfolio leader Cr Ros Scotney.
The HAC members bring diverse backgrounds and experience to the group. They are:
Eleanor Cullen, a member of the Toowoomba Historical Society and the National Trust of Queensland, in her second HAC term. Mrs Cullen has worked on heritage plaques, walking tours, postcards, brochures and liaised with indigenous elders to recognise indigenous heritage places.
Chris Gay, architect and current director of ELIA, has served as the Chair of the Australian Institute of Architects for the Darling Downs region and is a winner of a Royal Australian Institute of Architects Award in 2005.
Tracey Hoolachan, a working member of the Clifton and District Historical Society and a regular volunteer at the Clifton Museum undertaking restoration works.
Vincent Little, a foundation member of the Toowoomba Region Cultural and Heritage Network Committee, has been actively involved in preserving the history and heritage of Toowoomba Ambulance for the past 15 years.
Faye Meyers, a resident who lives in a home built in 1912, was a Director of Nursing for Blue Care in Pittsworth for 28 years. This is her second HAC term.
Donna Moodie, a descendent of the Kammillaroi/Gammillraay/Goomeri nation of people, also has English, Scottish and Welsh ancestry and is currently a board member of the Queensland Museum’s Cobb and Co Campus Management Committee.
Patrick Murphy, a recently retired teacher has also been involved in the Darling Downs and Veteran Vintage Motor Club, the Toowoomba Jazz Society and the Toowoomba Choral Society.
Penni Tudor, a member of the National Trust of England and Ireland and English Heritage, has been a member of the National Trust of Queensland since 2005 and has significant involvement in the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.
Anne Turner has worked for the National Trust in Perth and travelled throughout Australia before deciding to settle in Toowoomba.
Committee members were selected for their experience and above all, an understanding of the characteristics and value of the Toowoomba region’s heritage homes, parks and special places.
Cultural and Heritage portfolio leader Cr Ros Scotney said it was exciting to see the enthusiasm during the first HAC meeting.
“The new HAC members bring years of combined experience and have already offered several suggestions about new projects and plans. They’re positive about achieving great things for our community.
“All HAC members are committed to meeting regularly, to discuss and work on how to preserve and promote our beautiful homes, tree-lined streets, parks and gardens and special places; all unique hallmarks of our region,” Cr Scotney said.
Back row (L-R) Patrick Murphy, Chris Gay, Anthony Simmons, Stephanie Keays, Vincent Little, Cr Ros Scotney, Cr Peter Marks
Front row (L-R) Penni Tudor, Eleanor Cullen, Ann Turner, Tracey Hoolachan.