After a lengthy assessment period and consultation from the community Cox Rayner have been selected as the Architect to design the new Waltzing Matilda Centre. Cox Rayner are an award winning Architect firm that have been heavily involved with the design of the Australian Age of Dinosaurs.
Winton Shire Council CEO Tom Upton said Cox Rayner was a good choice because the company knew the west very well.
Cox Rayner director Michael Rayner has said that architects would head to Winton to survey the site and talk to locals about how best to incorporate the community’s ideas into the project.
The Waltzing Matilda is more than a song. It is about the outback, our heritage, our culture. It is about Australia.
A multitude of volunteers consisting of locals as well as grey nomads passing through Winton have saved countless objects that suffered fire damage after the loss of the centre. Mr Collins of the Winton District Historical Society was surprised and humbled when people with no ties to the town or area were willing to roll up their sleeves and lend a hand.
“We had one lady from South Australia who came along day after day for almost three weeks…”
Most tasks are tedious cleaning work of objects or documents exposed to smoke and water damage while other particularly valuable items have been sent away to be professionally restored while other objects were beyond repair.
“It’s been a long road. We’re well down the road, but we’re not quite at the end of it,”
Demolition has begun on the gutted Centre this week. Locals have mixed feelings about the clean-up; looking at it with sadness but intermingled with anticipation. A local contractor has been awarded the job of site demolition and clean-up who will recycle as much of the structure as possible.
It is expected that Council will call for architects to design a new centre in the not too distant future.
Australian trademark officials have made the decision to reject Victorian company WM Productions application to extend their trademark over a broader range of services including online material, videos, CDs and educational services.
The case gained notoriety when WM Productions sent a legal demand ordering produce Bill Leimbach (Lucky Country Productions) to cease using the words Waltzing Matilda as a title of his film, which was changed to Banjo and Matilda.
Blake Knowles of Cullens Patent and Trade Mart Attorneys represented Mr Liembach in that dispute said that “This decision by IP Australia is promising, and may act as a deterrent to others trying to register similar iconic Australian names,”