Australian Heritage Council
Inaugural winner of the Sharon Sullivan National Heritage award announced
21 May 2013
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Adjunct Professor Sharon Sullivan AO, Adjunct Professor Richard Mackay AM and Chair of the Australian Heritage Council, Professor Carmen Lawrence
The Australian Heritage Council today announced Adjunct Professor Richard Mackay AM as the first recipient of the Sharon Sullivan National Heritage Award, recognising an individual’s outstanding and long term contribution to Australia’s national heritage.
The Chair of the Australian Heritage Council, Professor Carmen Lawrence, announced the winner of the inaugural award today in association with the 76th meeting of the Council.
“It gives me great pleasure to confer this award on Professor Richard Mackay AM for his outstanding contribution to heritage in Australia including his responsibility for the heritage chapter for the 2011 Australian State of Environment report.
“For more than 30 years Professor Mackay has made a major contribution to the identification, conservation, preservation and the effective management of cultural heritage in Australia,” Professor Lawrence said.
A founding Partner of Godden Mackay Logan Heritage Consultants, Professor Mackay is currently Adjunct Professor in the Archaeology Program at La Trobe University and is Chair of the Australian World Heritage Advisory Committee and the Greater Blue Mountain World Heritage Area Advisory Committee.
“Professor Mackay’s skills and experience in archaeology projects, heritage management and conservation policy has informed and contributed to the management and conservation of some of our most iconic heritage places including Kakadu National Park, the World Heritage listed Port Arthur Historic site, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne, the National Heritage listed Cockatoo Island, Sydney, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.
“His work has gained international recognition with, among others, his contribution to the management of the World Heritage listed Greater Angkor World Heritage site in Cambodia.
“I am delighted that Professor Mackay is the first recipient of the Council’s Sharon Sullivan National Heritage Award and I speak for all Council members when I say Richard is a worthy holder of the award and that we look forward to his ongoing contributions to Australia’s heritage,” Professor Lawrence said.
Sharon Sullivan National Heritage award
The Sharon Sullivan National Heritage award has been established by the Australian Heritage Council to celebrate the considerable contribution of retired Australian Heritage Council member Adjunct Professor Sharon Sullivan AO and to recognise an individual, outstanding and long term contribution to Australia’s national heritage in one or more of the heritage environments: natural, Indigenous and historic.
In the three years that Professor Sullivan served on the Council some of Australia’s most iconic places were inscribed on the National Heritage List including the Jordon River Levee, Ningaloo Coast, West Kimberley, the HMS Sirius and the Great Ocean Road.