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Awards recognise the role of heritage in boosting the economy

May 26, 2017

Exterior Heirloom by Match

  • 16 individuals and heritage projects recognised for heritage excellence at the 2017 Western Australian Heritage Awards
  • Awards demonstrate the role heritage can play in boosting the economy and creating jobs
  • Heritage a significant drawcard for tourists

The transformation of Fremantle’s former Dalgety Wool Stores into modern apartments has received the top project award at last night’s Western Australian Heritage Awards.

The awards, which are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, recognise outstanding contributions to heritage conservation, adaptive reuse, promotion, tourism and interpretation.

International metals conservation expert Dr Ian MacLeod, volunteer Dr Dorothy Erickson and Committee for Perth chief executive officer and former Heritage Council chairwoman

Marion Fulker were recognised for their significant contribution to heritage alongside Friends of Australian Rock Art and Engineering Heritage WA.

The restoration of North Fremantle’s former grand residence Hillcrest into a contemporary nursing home and refurbishment of the 1870s Gallop House in Dalkeith were also commended.  Busselton’s Jetty Experience, Roebourne’s Ngurin Bush Tucker Trail and Geraldton’s Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre received top honours in the tourism and interpretation categories.

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Comments attributed to Heritage Minister David Templeman:

“The restoration and adaptation of the former Dalgety Wool Stores, now called Heirloom by Match, was a massive undertaking that required its owners to find innovative solutions to conserve and enhance the Wool Store’s original heritage fabric.

“Having sat largely unused for 20 years, it was one of the largest restoration projects of its kind in WA and heralds a new era for Fremantle.

“This project, along with Hillcrest and Gallop House, now have the opportunity to compete on the international stage through co-operation with the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

“The number of regional projects to receive awards tonight, particularly in the tourism-related field, illustrates the important role heritage plays in creating vibrant and economically sustainable communities for the enjoyment of tourists and local residents.”

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