Heritage Committee Members Appointed

7th of November 2014

Places of cultural heritage significance in Ipswich will continue to be nurtured and protected for present and future generations following the appointment of 14 community representatives to two key Council committees.


Places of cultural heritage significance in Ipswich will continue to be nurtured and protected for present and future generations following the appointment of 14 community representatives to two key Council committees.

Planning and Development Committee Chair, Councillor Paul Tully, said the Ipswich Heritage Program, established in 1990 had amply successed in its goal to promote community awareness of the City's cultural heritage.

"The depth and diversity of nominees indicates that the Ipswich Heritage Program remains an interest to abroad spectrum of the community,"Cr Tully said.

Nominations were received from 14 members of the community, representing both peak community groups and individual members."We're looking forward to consulting with these people on heritage issues,and to ensuring Council remains a leader in the conservation of cultural heritage assets," Cr Tully said.

Council has appointed the following people as members of the Ipswich Heritage Consultative Committee:

  • Melanie Rush (National Trust of Queensland Ipswich and West Moreton Group);
  • Graeme Adsett (National Trust of Queensland Ipswich and West Moreton Group);
  • Joy Boughen (Rosewood Scrub Historical Society);
  • Irma Deas (Ipswich Genealogical Society);
  • Graham Carter;
  • Jacqui Pearce;
  • John Jackson;
  • Joyce Phillips;
  • Bill Oliver.

Ipswich Heritage Consultative Committee Chair, Councillor Bruce Casos said the Ipswich Heritage Program was set to enter an exciting new era as it built on the strengths of the past.

"We've got an incredibly capable and dedicated team in place and it will be great to work with them and tap the knowledge they have about cultural heritage and Ipswich's past," he said.

Council has also appointed the following persons and organisations for membership of the Ipswich Heritage Monuments and Memorials Committee:

  • Ray Watherston (Ipswich Railway RSL Sub Branch);
  • Jim Madden (St Edmonds Old Boys Association);
  • Kevin Keys;
  • Peter Felton;
  • Mike Atkin.

Ipswich Heritage Monuments and Memorials Committee Chair, Councillor Andrew Antoniolli said the city led the way when it came to preserving the tangible marks of the past.

"For example, it's expected that within the next year or so, family history researchers and the loved ones of people buried in Ipswich will be able to search for comprehensive death care information, including grave locations, online," Cr Antoniolli said.

"Preservation of our historic monuments is also something very high on Council's list of prorities. Top of mind is the work to be undertaken to restore the damaged war memorial at Woodend by next Anzac Day."

Launched in 2008 by Council, the Picture Ipswich website is a collection of more than 4,500 records including historical images, films, documents and oral histories of people and places in Ipswich.

Ipswich General Cemetery records will be available shortly on the Picture Ipswich website.