HCCDC takes home top awards at the 2021 National Trust Heritage Awards
The Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation (HCCDC) is delighted to win top accolades for its $10 million Leagues Club Park transformation in Gosford, taking home the 2021 National Trust Heritage Award for Aboriginal Heritage as well as the top gong, the Judges’ Choice Award.
The National Trust Heritage Awards is in its 27th year and is designed to celebrate the best projects, initiatives and individuals that demonstrate excellence in the conservation, protection, and interpretation of Aboriginal, built, natural and cultural heritage.
HCCDC Chief Operating Officer Valentina Misevska said the awards were the icing on the cake for the significant urban transformation project.
“The revitalisation of Leagues Club Park into a landmark, regionally and culturally significant play space in Gosford has been a true collaboration between HCCDC and the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council.
“As soon as we started planning this exciting project, we knew that there was real opportunity to tell local Aboriginal stories through public space and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome,” said Ms Misevska.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Adam Crouch said he was thrilled a Central Coast project had won such prestigious awards.
“I am so proud of how local Aboriginal heritage has been captured in Leagues Club Park,” Mr Crouch said.
“This fantastic project creates a new benchmark for how to incorporate Aboriginal heritage into quality public spaces.”
Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council Chairperson Danielle Captain-Webb was pleased the park had been recognised and was proud of the Land Council’s role in its design and delivery.
“The Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council has been a key stakeholder in the transformation of this park and our rich heritage can now been seen, embraced and enjoyed by the whole community.
“It is important that we continue to celebrate and acknowledge Aboriginal heritage and culture, and Leagues Club Park is a powerful showcase of how it can be done really well,” said Ms Captain-Webb.
The Leagues Club Park project as funded and delivered by HCCDC as part of its mandate to deliver significant urban transformation outcomes to create thriving regions and vibrant communities across the Hunter and Central Coast regions.