The Bathurst Macquarie Heritage Medal is a nationally recognised annual prize awarding $25,000 to an individual who demonstrates a significant contribution to the protection or promotion of Australia's built, social, cultural or environmental heritage outside their day to day role.
The Bathurst Macquarie Heritage Medal was conceived by Bathurst Regional Council during the Bathurst’s bicentenary year in 2015 and continues to be administered and coordinated by the Council.
As Australia’s oldest inland European settlement on the mainland, Bathurst is home to a range of built and environmental heritage sites and social and cultural lived experiences. Through the Council and community Bathurst is committed to valuing the protection of its heritage and promoting this value to a national audience through the recognition of individuals who demonstrate their commitment to Australia’s heritage.
The inaugural award in 2015 drew a high calibre of nominees, with a short list chosen for a judging process in March and the Medal award ceremony held in May, with Duncan Marshall announced as the first winner of the Bathurst Macquarie Heritage Medal.
The medal award was designed to celebrate all elements of heritage: built, social, cultural and environmental.