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About Port Macquarie Hastings Heritage

As the principal of Port Macquarie Hastings Heritage, Mitch McKay doesn't just know about history and how to deal with it ... over the past 30 years he has been pro-active in unearthing our history, charting it, conserving it, explaining it and helping businesses to work with it.

Prior to establishing his award-winning business in 2009, Mitch was the Heritage Officer for the local Council.

During a decade there, he worked on a broad range of projects that included archaeological excavations, conservation works, historical research, implementation of interpretive signage projects and archaeological guidelines for the Port Macquarie town centre ... just to name a few.

Mitch- Port Macquarie Heritage
"With Mitch’s extensive knowledge and interest in heritage, project management skills and ability to work with the community and a wide range of stakeholders, Port Macquarie Hastings has become an exemplar local Council in NSW for best practice heritage management."

Miriam Stacy Sydney, Australia

A Snapshot ...

  • From 1999 to 2009, Mitch was the Heritage Officer at Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.
  • Mitch developed a Heritage Strategy for Council that provided a framework for regional leadership, in conserving and managing the heritage of the area and promoting the area as a cultural tourism destination.
  • He prepared and/or co-ordinated Conservation Management Plans and Interpretation Plans, for several key historical sites.
  • He co-ordinated the Port Macquarie Archaeology Interpretation Masterplan as well as conservation work to State-listed historical sites.
  • He completed many interpretive signage projects that promoted local history.
  • Mitch established the local heritage assistance fund, which enables owners of heritage sites to carry out maintenance to their properties, for the benefit of future generations.
  • He co-ordinated the annual heritage festival that grew from just nine events in 1999, to more than 30 events - attracting 7,000 people - less than a decade later.
  • Mitch was involved in the development of a School Education Kit for Port Macquarie's historic cemetery. (Proceeds from the sale of his book, If I Could Just See Your Face, went towards further conservation work at the cemetery.)
  • His consultancy service assists business and organisations, dealing with heritage issues, from Newcastle in NSW to the Queensland border.
  • He prepares heritage assessments and reports to accompany applications to Council.
  • Mitch conducts acclaimed walking tours through historic Port Macquarie.
  • He also fulfils speaking engagements to community groups, schools, and visiting travel writers
  • In 2014 Mitch spoke at the Heritage Canada National Trust Conference on Prince Edward Island. His topic 'Sun, sand, surf .......and heritage'
  • Port Macquarie Hastings Heritage has won a number of prestigious awards since its establishment in 2009, and Mitch was also recognised for his heritage work prior to that.