Past Finalists 2017
Contribution by a Community-based Organisation
Busselton Jetty Environment and Conservation Association
The Busselton Jetty Environment and Conservation Association (BJECA) is a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation. It was established by members of the Busselton community in 1978, in the aftermath of Cyclone Alby, to stop the proposed demolition of the deteriorated Busselton Jetty by raising funds for its restoration and maintenance. The community committee was incorporated in 1987 and has evolved into the organisation it is today.
The 1.8km long and 151 year-old Busselton Jetty is the longest in the Southern Hemisphere. Without the dedication and passion of BJECA, the jetty would not be the heritage tourist icon that it is today.
The jetty attracts over 400,000 visitors annually, and is second only to the Perth Zoo in the number of paid visitors hosted each year. Visitors can experience the historic sense of place via guided walking tours, night train tours, underwater helmet and snorkelling tours, fishing tours and by visiting the world-class interpretation centre.
Friends of Australian Rock Art (FARA)
The Friends of Australian Rock Art (FARA) is committed to the protection, preservation and promotion of rock art, particularly that of the Dampier Archipelago.
The services undertaken by FARA for the conservation and promotion of the heritage site vary widely. FARA volunteers specialising in Aboriginal heritage, culture and art conduct annual tours to the Burrup Peninsula with more than 400 people taking part. They also promote awareness campaigns for the protection and preservation of the precious rock art of the Dampier Archipelago.
Through their activities, FARA has drawn national and international attention to the global significance of the site.
Kings Park Guides
For the past 32 years, the Kings Park Volunteer Guides have provided a first port of call for visitors from Australia and around the world. The guides staff the Visitor Information Centre, providing award-winning customer service and sharing their knowledge of the history and heritage of Kings Park and Western Australia, with visitors.
Kings Park Guides also take visitors on free guided walks, including the Past and Present walk, run up to seven times a week. In this one-and-a-half hour walk, visitors are told stories about the park from the Aboriginal connection to the land, which the Nyoongar people called Mooro Katta, through to European settlement when it became Kings Park.