The NSW State Government won the prestigious Maritime Division Award at the 2009 NSW National Trust Heritage Awards for its international best practice management of the M24 wreck site (April 2009).
Category: Conservation Maritime Heritage – Corporate/Government
"Managing the Missing Midget Submarine"
Winner: Heritage Branch, NSW Department of Planning
The Heritage Branch and its Deputy Director and M24 Project Manager Tim Smith won an international UNESCO Asia Pacific Culture Heritage Award (Award of Distinction) in 2009 for the management of the Japanese midget submarine wreck M24. UNESCO identified the project as “setting a new global benchmark for the protection and interpretation of an underwater heritage site”.