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WA heritage recognised internationally

Sep 09, 2013


The restoration of a historic Broome shed that was saved from demolition has received a 2013 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

Heritage Minister Albert Jacob said the Sailmaker’s Shed in Broome had been awarded an Honourable Mention in the prestigious international UNESCO awards.

The shed - owned by the Water Corporation - also won a Western Australia Heritage Award this year.

“The Sailmaker’s Shed beat strong competition from 16 countries to win WA’s second consecutive UNESCO award,” Mr Jacob said.

In awarding the Honourable Mention, the UNESCO judges said: ‘the project has not only saved a unique heritage asset but has reinvigorated a sense of local pride among the Broome community.’

The Minister said the Heritage Council worked with the Broome Historical Society and the Water Corporation to save the building from demolition.

“It is a great example of State Government and the local community working together to save and restore this important piece of Broome’s pearling heritage,” he said.

“The shed is small but its legacy as one of the last remaining buildings associated with the local pearling industry is extremely significant to the WA community.”

In co-operation with UNESCO, the Heritage Council’s WA Heritage Award recipients are shortlisted for nomination for the UNESCO awards.

“This work puts WA heritage on the world stage and it’s a platform to promote and celebrate our State’s heritage stories in the Asia-Pacific region,” Mr Jacob said.

Last year, the revitalisation of Northbridge’s William Street Precinct won UNESCO’s Award of Honourable Mention following its WA Heritage Award win and in 2004 the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Mullewa received an Award for Distinction.

Read the Minister's media statement.

Find out more about the Sailmaker's Shed or view the other UNESCO Awards winners.

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