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2011 Australian Timber Design Awards

Design Excellence Award for Giidany Miirlarl – Muttonbird Island

Christian Fisher of Fisher Design + Architecture, and Neil Mackenzie of Mackenzie Pronk Architects jointly accepted an award for architectural design excellence in the Outdoor Timber – Stand Alone Structures category, at the Australian Timber Design awards dinner in Melbourne on 18 October 2011.

The award is an important recognition of the value of public architecture in Coffs Harbour and on the mid north coast, and provides a place for the people of Coffs Harbour to experience cultural events, music and performances in a space which is vibrant, encouraging and respectful.

2011 Australian Timber Design Award Winners

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Local Architects win Design Excellence Award

Local Architects win Design Excellence Award for new entrance to Giidany Miirlarl – Muttonbird Island

Coffs Harbour’s other tourist icon has received yet another award, the latest being for architectural design excellence.

The Education Space, at Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve in Coffs Harbour, attracts over 150,000 visitors every year and has been recognised at the Australian Timber Design Awards.

Christian Fisher of Fisher Design + Architecture, and Neil Mackenzie of Mackenzie Pronk Architects jointly accepted the award for architectural design excellence in the Outdoor Timber – Stand Alone Structures category, at the awards dinner in Melbourne on Tuesday, October 18.

Mr Fisher said the judges were impressed by the structures’ organic form and robust character in the highly exposed marine location.

“Timber was chosen for its natural textural qualities, and its ability to be worked and inscribed with the artwork by Grafton artist Shane Phillips”, Christian said.

Commissioned by the National Parks & Wildlife Service, Arts Mid North Coast, Coffs Harbour City Council, Coffs Harbour Local Aboriginal Land Council, the Coffs Harbour Elders Group and the Marine Park Authority, the project was made possible through the Federal Governments’ Job Fund Program.

Gumbayngirr Elder and NPWS Discovery guide Mark Flanders said the outdoor education space was completed and opened to the public in March 2011.

“The new Education Space encourages an understanding of the cultural and environmental history of the site, and provides a place for social interaction, story telling, learning and rest”, Mark said.

“The project involved the construction of the Education Space as well as the training of Aboriginal Discovery Rangers to deliver the tours conducted on the Island to the public and to schools”, he said.

“The overall project has already received a Regional Indigenous Tourism Award.

“These awards are recognition of the outcome possible when an innovative team work together including an enlightened client, artists and architects.”

The Coffs Coast Aboriginal Discovery Program including the education space, at Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve was also winner in the recent Regional Tourism Awards, and as a result is also a finalist in the NSW State Tourism Awards due to be announced in November.

Bellingen Courier Sun | 26th October 2011

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Sacred site wins state award

“GIIDAYN Miirral”, or Muttonbird Island, has long been a sacred site in Gumbaynggirr history.

Honoured with an informative timber shelter this year to preserve the Aboriginal link to Muttonbird Island, it’s now become a place of state significance after Coffs Coast Aboriginal Discovery Tours won a State Tourism Award.

The $320,000 timber structure featuring artwork by local Aboriginal artist Shane Phillips has been a key factor in the Discovery Tours being announced as gold winners for Excellence in Indigenous Tourism.

Standing with the award on site, local Aboriginal elders gathered to pay tribute to all those who have helped to achieve its success.

National Parks and Wildlife Service Discovery ranger Mark Flanders, who has taken the culture of the Gumbaynggirr people to the local community and thousands of visitors over nine years, was humbled by the praise.

“It’s great to have all the work put in by the local and Aboriginal communities recognised at such a high level, it hasn’t just been a few of us, there have been so many people involved in this success, and we aren’t stopping with a state award, national hopefully, and then international, so look out, ” Mark said.

Ann Walton said Mark deserved special recognition for the tours, given he first raised the idea with local elders and got their permission.

“The tours have been contemporary Aboriginal history walks covering all facets from the cultural significance of the island to the breeding cycles of the muttonbirds,” Ms Walton said.

Matt Deans | 2 Dec 2011

Photo: Trevor Veale
NPWS ranger Mark Flanders, Aunty Elaine Turnbull, Aunty Marie Tarplee, Aunty Bea Ballangarry, Shane Phillips, NPWS ranger Ann Walton, Aunty Gloria Phillips and CHCC’s Malcolm McLeod.

 

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Structured to impress the judges

Coffs Harbour’s other tourist icon has received yet another award, the latest being for architectural design excellence.

The Education Space, at Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve in Coffs Harbour, attracts over 150,000 visitors every year and has been recognised at the Australian Timber Design Awards.

Christian Fisher of Fisher Design + Architecture, and Neil Mackenzie of Mackenzie Pronk Architects jointly accepted the award for architectural design excellence in the Outdoor Timber – Stand Alone Structures category, at the awards dinner in Melbourne on Tuesday (18/10/2011) night.

Coffs Coast Advocate |  22 October 2011

 

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Fisher Design entry in AIA Country Division Awards 2011

Master architect here

ARCHITECTS from around the state are gathering in Coffs Harbour for Beyond the Prism, the 2011 conference of the Australian Institute of Architects, NSW Country Division, which opens this evening.

Guest speakers at the conference include John Barrow, the senior principal from Populous.

Mr Barrow is the principal master planner for the London Olympics in 2012.

He will be talking mainly about the whole London 2012 experience, with reference to other current Populous projects, with a sustainability agenda throughout.

The four-day conference, the 51st held by the Division and the 10th to be held in Coffs Harbour, has attracted 75 delegates to busy program of talks speakers, presentations, displays and workshops as well as social events.

Among the delegates are Sawtell-based Ann M Gee and her son, graduate architect Oliver Gee, who has just joined his mother’s busy practice.

Mrs Gee said the conference allowed them to pick up on the most relevant and interesting things happening in their field and the product displays by sponsors were always informative.

The formal conference dinner on Thursday will also see the presentation of the division’s annual awards.

Only one Coffs Coast firm is represented on the list of nominations.

Fisher Design + Architecture in association with Mackenzie Pronk Architects have nominated their Muttonbird Island project for the National Parks and Wildlife Service in two categories – projects in non-residential architecture (a new award) and the Termimesh Timber Award.

Giidany Miirlarl (the moon place) is the new outdoor interpretive art and education structure at the base of Muttonbird Island.

The $320,000 project, which was opened to the public in April, showcases the island and its significance to the Gumbaynnggirr people as well as providing an open space for discovery tours, school tours and performances.

Coffs Coast Advocate  |  Belinda Scott | 4th October 2011

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Freshening up the Jetty Foreshores

Picnic shelters are going down like ninepins on the Jetty Foreshores as Coffs Harbour City Council staff and contractors demolish the old to make way for the new in the next stage of the $1.1 Jetty Fore- shores upgrade. Seven smaller barbecue shelters and one large shelter are being demolished to make way for a similar number of new shelters, each of which will be larger and provide more-effective shelter and more seating. Work on the new shelters will begin on October 24 using structural steel supplied by Woolgoolga firm Arc Attack, with building work carried out by Coffs Harbour City Council staff and contractors.

The shelters have been designed to be in keeping with the new Fisher Design + Architecture interpretive outdoor art and education structure at the base of Muttonbird Island. The two Foreshores amenities blocks will also be refurbished.

The director of corporate business for the council, Craig Milburn, who is in charge of the Foreshores improvement project, said as much as possible of the material from the demolished shelters would be saved and recycled in repair projects.

The work is part of a general facelift of the Jetty Foreshores area that has been made possible through a $457,000 grant from the Federal Government’s Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program. The grant was matched and increased to $600,000 with funds from the Future Fund Internal Reserve, plus a further $50,000 provided from the State Parks Trust – taking the total to $1,107,000.

Coffs Harbour Mayor Keith Rhoades said he wanted to see major inroads into the Foreshores improvement project in the year ahead. “There’s been 10 years of talk and consulting and paperwork; it’s time to get on and get it done,” he said.

Belinda Scott  |  Coffs Coast Advocate | 18th October 2011