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2019 GAMAA FINALIST: Michele Pickering


Michele Pickering
Coordinator, Brisbane’s Living Heritage Network (BLHN)

Michele is a quiet achiever who works hard for the members of Brisbane’s Living Heritage Network. She is passionate about all that she does on behalf of the heritage sector, and her enthusiasm for her work is evident to all who come into contact with her.

Michele is recognised for her years of service to Brisbane's heritage sector, but also for one achievement in particular. This year, the Brisbane City Council announced a new grant – the Historical Organisation Assistance Grant Program – that will help to address some of the running costs and operational expenditure in the heritage sector, and will make an enormous difference to small museums struggling with day-to-day expenses. Michele was a key lobbyist for this initiative. In her role as Coordinator at BLHN, she consulted members to find out how she could best help them and, through her careful research, identified that a number of the members were struggling to stay open due to rising rates, electricity and insurance costs. Advocating for BLHN members, she took every opportunity to make sure Council was aware of the struggles that small museums were facing. The new grant can be partly attributed to Michele's persistence.

Michele works hard to raise the profile of BLHN members and to increase public awareness of the heritage sector. She visits sites, creates networking opportunities, organises walking tours and seminars, and is responsible for publication of the BLHN Guide Book. Under her watch, membership of BLHN has increased to its highest ever level in 2019.

GAMAA Judge, Robert Ryan, Mackay Regional Council with Michele Pickering, Brisbane’s Living Heritage Network – Finalist of Individuals: Paid Staff category. Photograph by Blueclick Photography, courtesy of M&G QLD.


Banner image: 2019 GAMAA trophies created by Queensland artist Lucy Quinn. Photo: Andrea Higgins, courtesy of M&G QLD.


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