SUSTAINABILITY: ORGANISATIONS WITH PAID STAFF
WINNER: Sunshine Coast Council for Bankfoot House Preservation Housekeeping Project
Purchased by Sunshine Coast Council in 2004, Bankfoot House began operating as a house museum in 2006 through the support of the Friends of Bankfoot House. This state heritage-listed property is the oldest surviving residence in the Glass House Mountains. It was once the lunch stop and staging post for Cobb & Co coaches on the Brisbane to Gympie goldfields route, offering accommodation for travellers, in addition to serving as the post office.
The Bankfoot House Preservation Housekeeping Project took place over a three-month timeframe from April to June 2018. Key milestones for the project included: a review of preservation needs assessment; training in Preservation Housekeeping for staff, volunteers and contract cleaners; an extensive conservation clean of the house; a clean of identified objects and assessment of items for display and storage; and a system of procedures, schedules, monitoring, evaluation and reporting including a Preservation Housekeeping Manual and materials kit.
Cr Rick Baberowski, Sunshine Coast Council with the Bankfoot House Heritage Precinct team, Sunshine Coast Council – Winner of Sunstainability: Organisations with Paid Staff category. Photograph by Krista Eppelstun, courtesy of Museums & Galleries Queensland.