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Exceptional heritage projects awarded

Apr 01, 2019
  • 20 individuals and heritage projects honoured at 2019 Western Australian Heritage Awards
  • Award winners display world-class heritage projects and practices 

The adaptive and imaginative reuse of the historic Katanning Roller Flour Mill into the Premier Mill Hotel has been recognised across three categories at the 2019 Western Australian Heritage Awards, receiving the prestigious Gerry Gauntlett Award acknowledging excellence in the area of conservation or adaptation of a heritage place.

The Heritage Awards recognise the exceptional contribution by heritage professionals, volunteers and organisations and celebrate their commitment to heritage conservation, adaptive reuse, interpretation and tourism across Western Australia.

Other winners included the Shire of Leonora for the conservation of Gwalia's historic precinct and RPS Australia for the Fitzroy Crossing Pioneer Cemetery project supporting the repatriation of ancestral remains.  

More information on the winners and commendation recipients can be found on the Heritage Council's website at

Comments attributed to Heritage Minister David Templeman:

"I congratulate the 20 Western Australian heritage champions for their remarkable contribution to preserving our State's highly-valued heritage. 

"The Premier Mill Hotel is an outstanding example of how adaptive reuse and conservation of our industrial heritage can promote tourism and economic development in regional areas.

"The former Katanning Roller Flour Mill has been creatively conserved and gives visitors the chance to stay in an old grain silo, a packing room or enjoy a beverage in the mill's old machine room.

"I also commend Rail Heritage WA which received the Judges' Award - The Professor David Dolan Award - for its excellent, ongoing work to preserve our important rail heritage.

"Contributions by individuals in the heritage sector are valuable. I would like to acknowledge Peter Snow who received the award for voluntary individual contribution for transforming the Albany whaling station into a unique heritage tourism operation.

"The high standard of heritage works showcased at the 2019 Western Australian Heritage Awards is to be applauded and I congratulate all the worthy winners."

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2019 Western Australian Heritage Awards

Voluntary Individual Contribution

Winner: Peter J Snow, Albany

Professional Contribution - individual

Winner: Patsy Vizents, Rottnest Island Heritage Officer (former) 

Professional Contribution - organisation

Commendation: RPS Australia (for Fitzroy Crossing Pioneer Cemetery repatriation project), Fitzroy

Contribution by a Community-based Organisation

Joint Winner: Busselton Jetty Inc

Joint Winner: Jaycees Community Foundation Inc

Joint Commendation: Chapman Valley Historical Society

Joint Commendation: Pickering Brook Heritage Group

Contribution by a Public or Private Organisation

Winner: Shire of Leonora (for Gwalia conservation)

Commendation: Town of East Fremantle (for Town Hall conservation)

Heritage Practices by a Local Government

Commendation: City of Wanneroo

Interpretation Project

Winner: Perth Railway Precinct (Yagan Square)

Commendation: Woodman Point (Woodman Point Quarantine Station Heritage Trail)

Heritage Tourism Product

Joint Winner: Heritage Perth Weekend

Joint Winner: Premier Mill Hotel, Katanning

Conservation or Adaptive Reuse of a State Registered Place

Joint Winner: Katanning Roller Flour Mill (the Premier Mill Hotel) and

Joint Winner: Swanbourne Hospital Conservation Area (Montgomery House)

Joint Commendation: Rottnest Island Limestone Sea Wall

Joint Commendation: Exchange Hotel, Kalgoorlie

The Gerry Gauntlett Award

Winner: Katanning Roller Flour Mill (the Premier Mill Hotel)

The Judges' Award: The Professor David Dolan Award

Winner: Rail Heritage WA, Bassendean

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