Communities across the state can now nominate heritage places linked to notable personalities and events for recognition as part of the NSW Blue Plaques program.

Local Members of Parliament (MPs) or Members of the Legislative Council (MLCs) are asking their communities to provide suggestions on sites which represent a significant story, person or event. The MPs and MLCs will then nominate these sites to Heritage NSW for a Blue Plaque.

Minister responsible for Heritage Don Harwin said whether its buildings or people that have had an important impact, across NSW there are hidden gems with stories that deserve to be told.

“Behind every plaque is a story. We want everyone to be involved in making suggestions to their local MP or MLC so we can recognise the people and places in history that matter most to local communities,” Mr Harwin said.

Councillor Alan Ward, Chair of the Heritage Advisory Committee said that the program aims to foster curiosity and appreciation of our heritage by recognising places, personalities and historical events that matter to our community.

"Council is seeking suggestions from the community of stories that are interesting, quirky, and fun, along with more sombre stories that should be not be forgotten as part of our history. Please send your ideas to tourism@parkes.nsw.gov.au, where they will be collated and submitted on behalf of the community.

"The Blue Plaques will be installed at publicly-accessible places throughout NSW starting later this year, with each one linked to a digital story," said Cr Ward.

The NSW Blue Plaques program is delivered through Heritage NSW. To find out more, please visit www.heritage.nsw.gov.au.