Australian Heritage Council
Join in the celebrations for Australian Heritage Week 2012
17 April 2012
The Australian Heritage Council is encouraging communities to participate in Australian Heritage Week, running from Saturday 14 April to Sunday 22 April this year.
Chair of the Australian Heritage Council, Professor Carmen Lawrence said that community and government organisations are hosting more than 400 individual heritage events over the coming weeks.
Australian Heritage Week is a national celebration of our unique historic, Indigenous and natural heritage, and captures many events being showcased by heritage festivals in all states and territories around this period.
“There are events to suit all, from activities to keep the kids entertained in the school holidays to art exhibitions and open days at historic sites. Many of these celebrations are part of heritage festivals being held around the country,” Professor Lawrence said.
“Tonight I am attending the Western Australian Heritage Awards. These awards honour significant achievements in the promotion and conservation of Western Australia’s rich cultural heritage.
“Visitors to Rottnest Island near Perth on will be able to learn about traditional materials used by the Noongar people by making taap—a bush knife—using the resin from a Balga bush.
“And more than 30 events are planned in Melbourne, including an opportunity to visit the clubrooms of one the oldest Aussie Rules football clubs in Victoria, the Port Melbourne Borough.
“In New South Wales, many activities are planned to celebrate Sutherland’s heritage including a free concert and free horse and carriage rides.
“All of these events and more can be found on the Australian Heritage Week website.
Australian Heritage Week is an important time for communities to share in the celebration of their heritage and reflect on the stories and places that have shaped Australia's diverse identity.
“It is also a time to acknowledge the many people who work tirelessly to protect and manage our heritage.” Professor Lawrence said.
To find details of all of these events and many more visit the Australian Heritage Week website at www.heritage-week.govspace.gov.au