Council names Heidi ‘Mover and Shaker’
As well as taking out two other awards, Heidi Freeman was named Indigo Shire Council’s winner of the ‘Heritage Mover and Shaker’ award at the recent Heritage Awards night.
Council’s Heritage Advisor, Deb Kemp said the inaugural ‘Heritage Mover and Shaker’ award is a special award and not one that will be regularly awarded.
“It is intended to honor those who have made an extra ordinary effort in preserving, maintaining and celebrating the special heritage that can be found within the Indigo Shire. In this instance Heidi has been tireless in her efforts to restore, preserve and promote the heritage of Beechworth. Heidi’s passion and love of Beechworth has been deservedly recognised and it is with real gratitude that she has been nominated the first Heritage Mover and Shaker,” Ms Kemp said.
“It is always a pleasure to work with Heidi as she has always paid the utmost attention to detail and always aims to keep the heritage values of the place her priority,” she said.
Twenty-two awards were presented with Heidi Freeman also being named winner of the Best Restoration of an Historic Building including reconstruction and additions – Commercial section and a highly commended in the Gardens and Landscaping of a Heritage Building category.
Ms Freeman, who has been renovating historic buildings in Beechworth for many years and has a real interest in the history of each building, was delighted with the awards.
“It is really great to have your hard work recognised in this manner. The awards for the garden and the restoration are very pleasing but to be named the Heritage Mover and Shaker was a thrill,” Ms Freeman said.
Ms Freeman has recently completed the renovation of Freeman on Ford, Beechworth’s only 5 Star Bed and Breakfast and has also undertaken renovations of retail buildings in Beechworth.