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State awards honour heritage champions

Mar 27, 2018

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  • 19 individuals and heritage projects recognised for heritage excellence at the 2018 Western Australian Heritage Awards
  • Award winners demonstrate the important role heritage has to play in attracting tourists to WA

The transformation of Cue Public Buildings into a Community and Visitor Centre received the top project award for adaptive reuse at the Western Australian Heritage Awards held last Friday (March 23).

The awards, which are celebrating their 26th anniversary, recognise outstanding contributions to heritage conservation, adaptive reuse, promotion, tourism and interpretation.

The high standard of the volunteers, professionals, organisations and projects recognised at the Heritage Awards is testament to the vital and dynamic heritage scene in our State.

Comments attributed to Heritage Minister David Templeman:

"Friday night's Western Australian Heritage Awards was a night of great anticipation, culminating in 19 heritage champions being recognised for the work they do to promote and conserve Western Australia's cultural heritage.

"The revitalisation of Cue Public Buildings is a fantastic example of how adaptive reuse of a heritage asset and heritage tourism often go hand in hand.

"The former Cue Post Office has been beautifully restored and adapted for modern use, giving visitors and the local community a wonderful historic building to enjoy and use.

"Fremantle Town Hall was awarded the top prize for conservation, with the judges noting that its restoration had played an important role in rejuvenating Kings Square.

"Winners in the heritage tourism and interpretation categories highlight the excellent work being undertaken by tourism operators across the State, and the role heritage tourism plays in re-energising local economies and stimulating visitation in regional areas.

"The interpretation and conservation works at Old Onslow have given a new lease on life to a previous ghost town, creating a must-see attraction for visitors travelling to the North-West.

"The Jetty to Jetty Walk Trail captures the heritage of Roebuck Bay foreshore, and shares the stories of the Yawuru people and Broome's pearling heritage with those visiting the region.

"The high standard of all the individuals and projects honoured illustrates why a Heritage Award is such a highly-sought after and valued accolade, and I congratulate all the winners on their outstanding achievements."

More information on all the winning projects can be found here.

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