Lower north shore locations and identities with stories to celebrate have a chance to become recognised with the universally known heritage symbol – a blue plaque.
But if you’d like to nominate a local landmark, you’ll need to be quick.
Communities across NSW have until October 31 to suggest places and people of significance as part of the NSW Blue Plaques Program, a $5 million project aimed at capturing public interest and fascination in key personalities, events and places that are important to the stories of NSW.
“Blue Plaques are an internationally recognised way of promoting the heritage significance of our key heritage places, people and stories,” NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said.
“This wonderful new program, modelled on the well-known English Heritage plaques program, will help unlock the stories of our heritage, key places and notable people for residents of NSW and visitors alike.”
The Blue Plaque to commemorate Australian author and illustrator May Gibbs.
Nutcote Cottage, the Neutral Bay home in which children’s author May Gibbs created the bush fairytales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, is the first building in NSW to receive a blue plaque.
Sir Edward Hallstrom, inventor, businessman, and former President of the Taronga Park Trust has also been honoured, with his plaque set to adorn the zoo next month.
Minister Don Harwin MLC said the scheme will be delivered through Heritage NSW.
“Heritage is about recognising and celebrating our progress as a State and a nation. These sites and stories engender a shared sense of belonging, of identity, and connection.”
“In a post-COVID world, focusing on our local communities and local environment has never been more important.
“Programs that celebrate local stories will add another opportunity for people to explore their local neighbourhoods, centres and towns, and to connect and participate with our State’s heritage,” Mr Harwin said.