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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment

Winners Describe Their `Places in the Heart'

23 September 1997

Uluru, Bonegilla migrant hostel, an old Queensland cinema and a cemetery are the heritage places which inspired the winners of the Australian Heritage Commission's 'Places in the Heart' competition.

The winners of the popular competition were announced today by Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill.

Senator Hill said the nationwide competition had asked entrants to write 100 words describing their favourite heritage place.

"Nearly 3000 entries were received from adults and children from throughout the nation. They are a testament to the depth of feeling which ordinary Australians hold for a truly astounding range of heritage places.

"They are the places which have strong personal meaning for people and which added together make up the rich fabric which is Australia's heritage.

"The entries highlight the breadth and remarkable beauty of our country's heritage and the writers frequently express a strong concern that it be conserved for coming generations."

The winner of the Open Section is Kath Dwyer from Randwick in Sydney. Her place in the heart was Uluru in the Northern Territory of which she wrote it " the most beautiful place I have seen ...and there is a peaceful spiritual feeling - a 'presence' that speaks to you of times long ago and a future reconciliation". She wins a trip for two to Dunk Island sponsored by Qantas.

Second prize in this Section went to Anna Piotrowski from Kyneton, Victoria, who wrote movingly about Bonegilla in Victoria, home to thousands of migrants in the 1950's. She wrote "as a young child my most vivid memory is splashing in the nearby Lake Hume, where at dusk people would emerge from the water covered in gold dust...But mostly I remember the freedom, laughter, peace and joy of a new country untouched by the horrors of war." Mrs Piotrowski wins a trip for two to Tasmania.

Winner of the Youth Section, 13 to 18 years, was 16 year old Sara Isherwood from Atherton, Queensland for her entry on The Old Carrington cemetery and the 12 years and under Section was won by Courtenay Wehl from Surat, Queensland for writing about his grandfather's cinema, the 'Astor Theatre'.

The competition was made possible by sponsorship from Woman's Day which had published entry forms, Channel 9's Getaway Program and Radio 2UE which promoted the competition. Qantas, Australian Resorts and AutoRent Hertz assisted with prizes.

A full list of prize winners follows.

Further Information: Noel Pratt 02 62172117 (AHC)
Matt Brown 02 6277 7640 (Minister's Office)

Places in the Heart
Winning and commended entries


1st prize winner
'Uluru' by Kath Dwyer from Randwick, New South Wales
Prize: Two Qantas sponsored airfares to Dunk Island with five nights accommodation sponsored by Australian Resorts

2nd prize winner
'Bonegilla' by Anna Piotrowski from Keilor, Victoria
Prize: Two Qantas sponsored airfares to Tasmania, three nights accommodation in Hobart's Battery Point and five days car hire sponsored by AutoRent Hertz.

'Cape York' by BE White
'Montreal Theatre' by Trina Thomson
'Ubirr Rock' by Karen Read
'Colebrook Aboriginal Community' by Paul Levai
'Lennox Head' by Lynne Dixon
'Theatre Royal Hobart' by Glen Murray

1st prize winner
'Astor Theatre' by Courtenay Wehl (12 yo) from Surat, Queensland
Prize: $500

2nd prize
'Pine Creek Rail Precinct' by Daniel Read (10 yo) from Darwin, Northern Territory
Prize: $250

Highly Commended
'Moreton Bay Fig' by Michelle Corven (10 yo)

'Rainforest Iluka' by Emma George (12 yo)
'Mt Cameron West' by Travis Jon Purdy (11 yo)
'Tasmania' by Kimberley Murphy (10 yo)
'Fraser Island' by Holly Jaques (7 yo)
'Central Tilba' by Brodie Christensen (10 yo)

1st prize
'Old Carrington Cemetery' by Sara Isherwood (16 yo) from Atherton, Queensland
Prize: $1000

2nd prize
'One Tree Hill' by Ainsley Edmonston (13 yo) from Ballarat, Victoria
Prize: $500

'Mt Kosciusko' by Isabelle Macgregor (14 yo)
'Gordon Falls Lookout' by Lizzie Barrett (13 yo)
'Rock art site, Walga Rock' by Jaci Hunt (14 yo)
'Rosewood' by April Spearing (13 yo)
'Bendalong' by Kylie O'Brien (17 yo)

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