Contribution by a Public or Private Organisation
Shire of Leonora (for Gwalia conservation)
The Shire of Leonora have not let their remote location stop them from tackling big projects. The completion of their five-year $3.3 million Gwalia Upgrade Project is their biggest heritage achievement to date and has attracted local, state, national and international heritage, tourism and media attention as a location of unique significance.
The Gwalia Upgrade Project was a five-year project undertaken by the Shire of Leonora and included conservation work to Gwalia’s Historical Precinct, Museum and Hoover House, the reconstruction of the historic timber headframe and preservation of the Gwalia settlement’s 22 traditional miners’ cottages.
In 2018, the Shire of Leonora hosted Gwalia’s Gold, a weekend-long festival to launch the completion of the Gwalia Upgrade Project and the complete multimedia exhibition titled Gwalia’s Gold- it’s people and places.
Gwalia has certainly put the Goldfields back on the map as a place to visit.
Town of East Fremantle (for Town Hall Conservation)
The Town of East Fremantle was created in 1897, when it separated from the City of Fremantle to become an independent local government. At the heart of the town is the East Fremantle Town Hall, a significant landmark building that forms part of a complex of heritage buildings and includes the historic Post Office, Police Station and Lock-Up facilities and Dovenby House.
The Town Hall was substantially refurbished externally in 2014-15. Works included upgrading the external render finish and detailing of intricate mouldings to the north façade. Double hung sash timber windows and forecourt were also refurbished. During 2017, over $2 million was spent on restoration and upgrades to the Town Hall’s interior.
The restoration of the Town Hall triggered the need to restore adjoining heritage facilities within the complex. The town devoted significant resources to renovating, refurbishing and breathing new life and usability into these buildings. Dovenby House is now leased to the Museum of Perth (for a peppercorn rent) and the Old Police station is a wellness centre. The rent received is placed in a Reserve Fund for future building restoration works.