The Western Australian Governor’s official residence, Government House, will be permanently entered on the State Register of Heritage Places.
The announcement was made today by Heritage Minister John Castrilli and His Excellency Dr Ken Michael AC, Governor of Western Australia.
Mr Castrilli said Government House was the first place to be included on the State Register on an interim basis in 1992.
The permanent State heritage listing of the building marks Australian Heritage Week and the 20th anniversary of the Heritage of Western Australia Act.
“Today’s permanent listing is befitting of the heritage stature and importance that Government House is held in our community,” Mr Castrilli said.
“Government House is symbolic of our State’s heritage and is treasured because of its links with our colonial beginnings; the workings of Government and our democracy; and its associations with many grand State and royal occasions.
“It is also a place that is at the heart of our community with successive Governors ensuring that Government House is accessible to all Western Australians.”
The Minister said Government House would again play centre stage for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth in October.
“The State Government has committed $2.2million for refurbishment works and alterations at Government House so that it can be used to host potential CHOGM 2011 events,” he said.
The two-storey mansion was built between 1859 and 1864 by convict labour and skilled craftsmen, and is set in 3.2 hectares of beautiful gardens. It has been the official residence of the Governor of Western Australia for nearly 150 years.
The State Register of Heritage Places is managed by the Heritage Council of Western Australia through the Office of Heritage.
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