Dream now realised for road project

Cox’s Road Dreaming research and publication project came out winners in the inaugural Chifley Heritage Award presentation, at the Bathurst Macquarie Heritage Medal and Bathurst Regional Heritage Awards dinner. 

WINNERS: Bathurst mayor Graeme Hanger, Bathurst Macquarie Heritage Medal winner Scott Robertson, Chifley Heritage Award winner David Goldney and Iain McPherson.

Held at the Carrington House on Saturday night, project initiator David Goldney represented the team in claiming the award.

A team of over 60 people helped produce the project.

Cox’s Road Dreaming tells the story of Australia’s first inland European bush track, built by William Cox, from Emu Ford on the Nepean River to the Flag Staff at Bathurst, adjacent to the Macquarie River.  

“It’s basically a 100 page book on 116 sites you can find on the Cox Road,” Mr Goldney said.

“William Cox was ordered to complete the road, by Lachlan Macquarie, and when the project was completed, Macquarie proclaimed the city of Bathurst in 1815.

“It brings together stories of Aboriginals, Europeans, flora and funa of the region. 

“We’ve sold over 1000 limited books in a two year period with all funds going to Greening Bathurst.”

The project has been long in the making, with the original idea conceived 40 years ago according to Mr Goldney.

Land Property Information Bathurst printed the project free of charge and the project was originally launched back in August 2015.

The book is bound together through cultural history of integrated stories of explorers, road builders, Aboriginal people, settlers and visitors who cam over the road, surveyors, administrators, landholders, soldiers, naturalists and scientists. 

Mr Goldney said the recognition is very pleasing.

“The money we received will go back into Greening Bathurst, to help support future projects,” he said.

“The support of the project team was crucial to it happening. We worked closely with local Indigenous groups.”

Overall, 13 nominations were received for the inaugural Chifley Heritage Award.

There were three categories, outside the winning project – Certificate of Recognition, Highly Commended and Outstanding Awards – and each category had four awardees. 

Cox’s Road Dreaming is available for purchase from the National Trust.

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