'Chance to step back in time and explore'

Liverpool Bicycle Club entrants in the 10 Mile Road Championships, 1922. Picture | Liverpool Library Heritage Collection.
Liverpool Bicycle Club entrants in the 10 Mile Road Championships, 1922. Picture | Liverpool Library Heritage Collection.

I'd like to encourage you to support two important events this week.

The first is National White Balloon Day, which is on Friday, September 11.

Liverpool Council is supporting this day to help break the silence on child sexual assault and exploitation. Its a reminder that we all have a part to play in protecting children and making sure they feel safe, included and able to reach their full potential.

By talking with your children, you can reassure them that it is OK to speak up if something doesnt seem right.

As the saying goes, It takes a village to raise a child.

Liverpool is a strong and caring community. Together we can protect our young people from predators and bring awareness to this important issue. Visit whiteballoon.com.aufor more information.

Another event being held this week is History Week.

Its a chance to step back in time and explore the rich heritage of Australias fourth-oldest city.

The Liverpool City Library has declared September as History Month and will be posting a series of photos on Instagram throughout the month from the Liverpool Library Heritage Collection.

The photos include images of Liverpools very own board game, Liverpool Railway Station in the early 1900s and a military procession in Macquarie Street in c.1914.

With Spring here, it is a good time to explore significant heritage sites across Liverpool and in the city centre.

People can see one of the oldest Anglican churches in Australia - St Lukes Anglican Church, in Elizabeth Street - or visit the graves of early settlers such as James Badgery and Charles Throsby in Liverpool Pioneers Memorial Park, in Macquarie Street.

Liverpools first adult education facility and public library, the former Memorial School of Arts, can be found on Macquarie Street.

History Week is also an important time to explore Liverpools Aboriginal heritage. Artefacts including a section of a Scarred Tree and artefacts loaned from organisations such as Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council are on display at Liverpool Regional Museum.

Aboriginal artefacts and fragments of stone tools which were found in the ground during construction of Carnes Hill Library are on display at this location as part of the permanent Pride of Place exhibition.

To plan your own heritage tour, head to love.liverpool.nsw.gov.auto view our fabulous visitor guide, Love Liverpool: See, Taste, Do.

If you are unable to get out, you can still share with us your ideas about Liverpools local history by taking a short survey online via Councils Liverpool Listens site or in person at Liverpool City Library and Carnes Hill Library. Visit listens.liverpool.nsw.gov.aufor details.