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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

City, Fort Scratchley Historical Society to uphold Newcastle’s military past

City of Newcastle today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Fort Scratchley Historical Society (FSHS) Incorporated, in a shared commitment to uphold the significant military history and cultural importance of Newcastle’s iconic Fort. 

Formalising a long-standing relationship, Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes and FSHS president Frank Carter put pen to paper in the presence of councillor Peta Winney-Baartz, who represents City of Newcastle on the FSHS committee.  

The MoU sets out to guide the joint partners on how they will work together to uphold Fort Scratchley as a treasured part of Newcastle’s military history as well as being an important city tourist attraction. 

Cr Nelmes said the City looked forward to continuing to build on the momentum established over the years with FSHS.

“Fort Scratchley is consistently recognised as one of Newcastle’s premier cultural tourist destinations,” she explained.

“It is important that both the community and visitors can experience one of Newcastle’s most iconic landmarks for generations to come and learn all about the role the Fort has played in our city’s military history. 

“City of Newcastle will continue to play a significant role in providing FSHS with financial, promotional and management support in their work toward advocating for one of our City’s most iconic attractions.” 

Cr Winney-Baartz admitted she was delighted to witness the signing of the MoU and to formalise the long-standing relationship. 

“Both parties acknowledge the significant historical and cultural importance of Fort Scratchley,” she said.

“And, the signing today (Tuesday 16 March) formally recognises the important work undertaken by the FSHS and its dedicated helpers.

“FSHS are passionate volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the Fort’s museum rooms and offer the community guided tours, conduct tunnel tours, and fire the historic guns each day. 

“City of Newcastle’s shared commitment with FSHS to uphold the Fort’s cultural significance will ensure it is preserved for future generations to experience.”  

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