For the owners of Girraween’s Targo Mahal house, winner of Holroyd’s 2014 heritage awards and grants program, it's about celebrating the community's rich history. New owners John Esposito and Dianne Dickenson are advocates for raising the profile of Holroyd's heritage buildings.
"Since moving to Girraween, we've heard some fascinating stories about Holroyd's history from our neighbours, giving us a better understanding of our locality,’’ Mr Esposito said.
"We feel there's a real responsibility to take care of Holroyd's heritage and ensure it is preserved so that those who live and work in the area are enriched and have positive attitudes towards the city's surroundings.
‘‘If people own and care about their neighbourhood, outsiders looking in will see that.’’
As part of the grants program for 2014, Holroyd council awarded a total of $19,820 to six properties across the local government area.
Holroyd mayor Nasr Kafrouni said: "By awarding those who contribute to our local heritage, we are promoting its importance in Holroyd and the region's history.’’
This year, 157 entries were received across three of the council's four heritage awards categories, with the most popular being the ‘‘Keeper of the Stone’’, a colouring-in competition for local school children.
Holroyd council's heritage awards program winners for 2014 are:
• Best Maintained Heritage Property - 'Targo Mahal' in Girraween
• HistoResearch: Researching our Local History – The Journeys of Arthur Todd Holroyd by Holroyd Local History Research.
• Keeper of the Stone – Marta Stojnic from Westmead Public SchoolAs part of the grants program for 2014, Holroyd council awarded a total of $19,820 to six properties across the local government area.