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Western Australian Heritage Awards


The  2016 WA Heritage Award winners were announced at the former Hale House, now the Office of the Premier and Cabinet Room, on Thursday 31 March 2016. 

15 individuals and heritage projects were recognised for heritage excellence, including the State Buildings, Martin Colgan, founder of Colgan Industries, Donnelly River Village and Fremantle's National Hotel. Read more about the award winning projects here.

About the awards

The Western Australian Heritage Awards were established in 1992 by the Heritage Council to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of individuals and organisations to heritage in Western Australia.

The awards showcase excellence in revitalising heritage places, setting standards for future interpretation, conservation and adaptive reuse of places on the State Register of Heritage Places. It also recognises those individuals that have been instrumental in elevating the value of heritage, securing its place in Western Australia’s future.

The award categories acknowledge the commitment and successes of individuals and organisations, and the diversity of heritage projects across the State.

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Award categories

The award categories acknowledge the commitment and successes of individuals and orgnaisations, and the diversity of heritage projects across the State.

Category 1 - Voluntary individual contribution
An individual who has made a significant and ongoing voluntary contribution to the conservation, promotion and/or understanding of cultural heritage in the community.

Category 2 - Professional contribution
An individual who has made a significant and ongoing contribution to heritage and has demonstrated best practice standards through their employment in the heritage industry.

Category 3 - Contribution by a community-based organisation
A community-based or non-profit organisation whose contribution demonstrates a commitment to cultural heritage and/or heritage-related work, services or programs in Western Australia.

Category 4 - Contribution by a public or private organisation
A public or private organisation whose contribution demonstrates a commitment to cultural heritage and/or heritage-related work, services or programs in Western Australia.

Category 5 - Heritage practices by a local government
A local government that demonstrates an outstanding whole-of-agency approach to the commitment and promotion of cultural heritage and/or heritage-related work, services or programs in Western Australia.

Category 6 - Interpretation project
The project should aid the visitor to develop a strong sense of understanding and appreciation of the heritage experience. The project must relate to or include a State Registered place/s.

Category 7 - Heritage  tourism product
The product may be a walking tour, historic trail, festival, event, bed and breakfast, hotel, accommodation, cruise, performance or any project or business that provides visitors with access and/or interpretation of a heritage place. The business or product must provide a heritage tourism experience and must be an Accredited Tourism Business.

Category 8 - Conservation or adaptive reuse of a State Registered place
This category recognises excellence in either conservation or adaptation of a place entered in the State Register of Heritage Places. The judges may choose to recognise more than one winner. Nominations for small and large projects are encouraged and residential, commercial and/or public projects are eligible to be nominated.

Projects will be assessed against a broad spectrum of criteria including the heritage outcome, conservation practices, social and community benefits, challenges faced and partnerships demonstrated.

Winners and commendation recipients in the conservation and adaptive reuse category are shortlisted for nomination to UNESCO's Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. Find out more about the UNESCO Awards. 


For more information, contact Awards Coordinator Gemma Travers by emailing awards@stateheritage.wa.gov.au or telephoning (08) 6552 4104 or freecall 1800 524 000 (regional callers).
































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