The Port Macquarie Historical Society is set to embark on a new historical research project that will allow people to enjoy a guided walking tour of historic sites across the Hastings.
The Society will receive $3,500 in state government funding to publish a brochure that will enable tourists to explore Port Macquarie’s unique history. The brochure will have links to a free izi.Travel app, currently in development which will provide extended information, images and audio interpretation.
The state government’s cultural grants program is a multi-year (2016-2018) Create NSW funding initiative administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS).
Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said that the Cultural Grants program offers an important opportunity to expand the knowledge and understanding of local history and heritage across the state.
“NSW has a rich history and it’s through projects like these that we are able to unearth and share fascinating insight across the State, often for the first time,” he said.
“This round of funding will provide essential help for a great number of skilled historians across NSW and I’m excited to see what comes out of the respective projects.”
Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams said the project from the Historical Society will add a great deal of colour and depth to the existing published history of the region.
“I’m eager to see the outcome of the project and look forward to helping the public learn more about the stories and heritage that make up our community,” Mrs Williams said.