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Preservation Reward

Friday, 30th April, 2010

Tony Barker and Michael Mallon and their renovated Patton Street church. Tony Barker and Michael Mallon and their renovated Patton Street church.

The winners of the City Council Heritage Awards were announced last night.

Among the 15 nominees, five received awards for their contribution towards sustaining Broken Hill's historic character. The residential award went to Michael Mallon and Tony Barker for their renovation of the Patton Street Baptist Church. The community award went to the Synagogue in Wolfram Street for the restoration of the roof and floor. Margaret Price, the co-ordinator at Synagogue, said she wanted it known that the Broken Hill Historical Society could not have won the award without receiving a grant from the Federal Government's Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and Arts. Three commendations were awarded to the owners of houses that were restored in Bowen Street, Oxide Street and Thomas Street. John Thomas, who had applied for a painting grant, said he was surprised that his house in Oxide Street had won a commendation. The house in Thomas Street had been nominated for a hertiage award but the owners were unavailable for comment. The awards, known as the John Reid Memorial Heritage Awards, were presented at the Regional Art Gallery.

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