Seaworks chairman Trevor Huggard has been invested as a Member in the General Division
of the Order of Australia.
Mr Huggard was awarded the AM in the Australia Day honors list for his long service to the
community in the roles with heritage conservation, cultural and sporting organisations but
was only invested at Government House last Friday.
Importantly, he was recognised for his role as chairman of the Seaworks Foundation and a
range of maritime related roles, particularly in ocean yacht racing.
Heritage conservation also featured highly in the citation for the award. Mr Huggard has
worked with the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), Heritage Victoria, the Australian
Heritage Commission and the Historic Buildings Council of Victoria.
It is these personal interests which attracted him to join the inaugural board of the
Seaworks Foundation in 2005. He has been chairman of the board since 2009.
“Preserving Williamstown’s rich maritime history is vitally important to Melbourne and the
State of Victoria,” Mr Huggard said.
“And Seaworks is the crucial linchpin to that preservation.
“We have heritage buildings with maritime links and a number of piers at the site.
“Seaworks attracts tall ships from around the world and has run the best maritime festivals
“Essentially, Seaworks has that unique heritage connection between the land and the sea.”
Mr Huggard said Seaworks was embarking on the most critical stage of its redevelopment,
having recently completed a Precinct Plan and a Conservation Management Plan.
Seaworks has already proved its value to the Williamstown community – attracting about
100,000 visitors to the site each year – but now needs significant investment.
“The Seaworks Foundation board has done the base work to prove the site’s value to the
State’s maritime heritage,” Mr Huggard said.
“We have a great opportunity to build on these foundation blocks to produce one of the
best maritime heritage sites in Australia for the benefit of all.”