The Cathedral Restoration Project wins National Trust Heritage Award

The restoration project of the Cathedral of St Michael and St John, Bathurst has won a National Trust Heritage Award in the category of Conservation: Built Heritage at the National Trust (NSW) annual awards held on Thursday13 May.

This is a wonderful recognition of the restoration project that aimed to extend the life of the 159-year-old Cathedral by at least an additional 100 years. Completed in March 2021, it is the most significant renovation in the lifetime of the building, taking eight years to complete at a cost of $8.2million.

The Most Reverend Michael McKenna, Bishop of Bathurst attended the award ceremony and was delighted with the announcement.

Bishop McKenna expressed his gratitude to the National Trust for the award and their support. He was also grateful for everyone who had worked on and donated to the project, which has enhanced the beauty and heritage of the historic city of Bathurst. He was grateful to God for a safe working environment which gave meaningful employment to many and trained up a new generation of artisans.

The ceremony was held at heritage-listed Dolton House in Pyrmont, featuring special guest speakers: President of the National Trust of Australia (NSW), Neil Wykes OAM; the National Trust’s Director of Conservation, David Burdon; Chair of the Heritage Council of NSW, Frank Howarth and the Chair of the National Trust Heritage Awards Judging Committee, Matt Devine.

The National Trust Heritage Awards is in its 27th year and awards projects, initiatives and individuals that demonstrate excellence in the conservation, protection, and interpretation of Aboriginal, built, natural and cultural heritage. The awards are the signature event of the Australian Heritage Festival in New South Wales and are proudly supported by the NSW Government through the Heritage Council of NSW.

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