ErgonEnergy's Geoff Hall, Observer Editor Mat Ovenden, Tannum High's Anne English and the art gallery's Mellissa Case.
ErgonEnergy's Geoff Hall, Observer Editor Mat Ovenden, Tannum High's Anne English and the art gallery's Mellissa Case.

Priceless Past steals the show at media awards



OUR Priceless Past stole the show at the Older People Speak Out Media Awards on Tuesday night by winning a Queensland as well as an Australian award.

The project, produced by The Observer, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum and Ergon Energy, was announced the winner of the Inter-Generational Journalism Award at a gala function at the Parliamentary Annexe in Brisbane in front of 200 national media representatives.

Our Priceless Past is an annual project developed in Gladstone in 1999 which gives school students the opportunity to interview some of the region's senior residents.

The stories are then produced in a publication printed in The Observer and an exhibition displayed at the art gallery.

The art gallery's Mellissa Case and Ergon Energy's Lenny Vance were at the function to receive the awards.

Our Priceless Past was among 15,000 nominations from throughout Australia.

Mrs Case said it was an amazing event and to take both the state and national awards was a great boon for the Gladstone region.

'We were up against the national television stations, radio stations and all the major metropolitan newspapers, and we won it,' she said.

The students from Tannum Sands State High School that produced the 2004 edition of Our Priceless Past also received a trophy and certificates for their efforts in bringing this project together.



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