Childers wins history award

CHILDERS' commitment to the preservation, conservation and celebration of history, heritage and culture was recognised on Monday night when it was announced as Queensland's Best Heritage Town.

Bundaberg Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch and Deputy Mayor Tony Ricciardi accepted the Paradise & Bishopp Outdoor Advertising Heritage Award at a gala presentation night in Mackay for the Ergon Energy Tidy Towns competition.

When announcing the award, judges commented on the Isis War Memorial Precinct and Bakers Military Memorabilia Museum, describing Bakers as “unquestionably one of the best displays of military memorabilia outside the Canberra War Memorial”.

To reach Monday night's state final, Childers won the Hervey Bay section in July.

Cr Pyefinch said it was great recognition for the town.

“This award cements the reputation of Childers as a great stop for tourists and visitors to our region,” she said.

Cr Ricciardi said he was very proud of this first ever state win for Childers.

“This is a wonderful achievement for Childers and our region, and is a tribute to the former shire, present council and the community who have respected Childers' heritage buildings,” he said.

“I'd also like to thank council's hard-working staff who have done an incredible job on other projects like the Old Pharmacy.”

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