John Wearne farewelling a marine archaeologist from the NSW Heritage Council
Copyright (2011) KWHF
Ist September, 2011.
John is a former Mayor of Bingara.
The NSW Heritage Council is the "peak body" for Heritage (built environment) preservation in New South Wales, Australia.
It is a measure of the high level of significance that the Heritage Council places on the Roxy "complex" that they chose to visit this "Hellenic sacred site".
It was the NSW Heritage Council, who of course, provided more than $30,000 in funding to have the etched glass Peters and Co cafe signage restored at the front of the Roxy cafe.
Members of indigenous Heritage groups - representatives of the "first" Australians - were also among NSW Heritage Council attendees.
Members of the Roxy Museum Committee, John Wearne, Peter Makarthis (McArthy), and Peter Jones were also present.
Sandy McNaughton, Manager of the Roxy Theatre, gave a 20 minute speech to the NSW Heritage Council about the history and significance of the Roxy "complex" to the town of Bingara and the Gwydir Shire.
George Poulos gave a 5 minute speech on the need for the Hellenic and Kytherian "peak bodies" to form a strategic alliance with NSW and Australian Heritage groups - in oder to complete and enhance the achievements that have already been accomplished at the Roxy "complex". He also stressed the importance of having the Roxy Cafe and Roxy Museum, operational, as soon as possible.
Lunch was then served in the Roxy Cafe.
Subsequently the "Landline" programme about the 75th Anniversary celebrations held in Bingara was then played on the big screen for members of the NSW Heritage Council.
The group then departed by bus, for Moree, where they had another regional engagement.