The Bathurst facility has garnered a NSW National Trust Heritage Award, and Australian Museums and Galleries Association MAGNA Award and a Local Government Professionals Australia Award since opening in September 2022.
Opened in September 2022, the Central Tablelands Collections Facility (CTCF) is a large-scale 2,500 square metre repository and learning space. This facility provides state of the art collection storage with climate control, specialised racking, equipment, pest management and security for regional collections. The facility accommodates valuable collections and archives including the Bathurst Regional Council’s records repository. The space provides secure facilities for the significant objects under the custodial care of Bathurst Regional Council as well as objects from regional collection groups and larger state operated institutions.
Flexible learning and workshop spaces have been incorporated into the design providing opportunities for Bathurst Regional Council to continue to grow industry partnerships. These partnerships include the University of Melbourne’s Grimwade Centre, Australian Museum via the Somerville Collection, Art Gallery of NSW, M&GNSW, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Sydney University, Charles Sturt University (CSU) and other volunteer museum.
The Central Tablelands Collections Facility is the first of its kind in regional NSW and is a model for other local government authorities for best practice collection storage.
Reflecting this the facility has been successful in the following National and State awards:
NSW National Trust Heritage Award
The facility was awarded a Highly Commended in the Conservation – Interiors and Objects Category on 12 May 2023. These awards acknowledge the full spectrum of heritage excellence with projects demonstrating excellence in the conservation, protection, and interpretation of Aboriginal, built, natural and cultural heritage.
Australian Museums and Galleries Association MAGNA Award
The MAGNA award for Sustainability was awarded to the Central Tablelands Collections Facility at the AMAGA conference on 16 May 2023. These National Awards recognise the excellent work undertaken by museums and galleries across Australia in the categories of exhibitions, public programs, and sustainability projects.
Local Government Professionals Australia Award
The Central Tablelands Collections Facility won the Special Project Initiative on 1 June 2023. This award recognises leadership where an individual, team or council has developed a concept or practice that significantly improves the business in which they work through the development of processes or practices that has had a major impact on the organisation or its customers; demonstrates responsiveness to community, workplace or industry needs; and presents an aspirational model for NSW local government.