The Bathurst and District Branch of the National Trust has presented their monthly heritage award for July to a joint Oberon/O'Connell project aiming to restore the region's historic buildings. The O'Connell earth building workshop coordinator Angus McKibbin and Oberon Mayor Kathy Sajowitz received their National Trust Heritage Awards from Bathurst branch chairman Iain McPherson.
This project was possible due to Heritage Near Me grant funding and sought to assist with fostering skills around restoration of these historic buildings and creating a marked heritage trail in the village enabling visitors to appreciate their unique properties. Under the project funding, a series of workshops was held teaching O'Connell residents how to maintain and repair earth buildings. O'Connell is believed to have one of the highest surviving concentrations of earth buildings in Australia, with some structures dating back to the early 1800s.