Hon John Castrilli MLA

Hon John Castrilli MLA

Former Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

Awards honour heritage champions

17/04/2012 12:00 AM
  • 24 regional and metro individuals, organisations and projects honoured
  • Recognition for outstanding conservation and promotion of the State’s cultural heritage
A restoration project that transformed a landmark property from a near derelict state to a stunning family home is among the winners of the 2012 Western Australian Heritage Awards, announced by Heritage Minister John Castrilli.

Mr Castrilli said the restoration of Penshurst in East Fremantle was an outstanding example of conservation and promotion of this State’s heritage.

“These awards highlight how State-registered heritage properties can be transformed into contemporary work and living spaces while still respecting their historic elements,” he said.

Penshurst won the outstanding residential conservation award. The Kalgoorlie Miner building and the William Street Revitalisation project were joint winners in the non-residential category while the transformation of the former Mackays Aerated Waters Factory into modern apartments won the Adaptive Reuse award.

“The awards also recognise the outstanding contribution of volunteers and professionals who work tirelessly to promote and conserve our State’s heritage,” the Minister said.

Winners included Fremantle volunteer Robert Mitchell; Rio Tinto employee and Dampier Archipelago rock art expert Dr Ken Mulvaney; Bremer Bay’s Max Wellstead; the Sisters of St John of God Heritage Centre, Broome; City of Stirling; Shire of Wiluna; National Trust (WA); Two Feet & A Heartbeat; and Spacemarket.

“Fremantle Prison was singled out for a special Judges’ Award for ongoing excellence in managing the conservation of WA’s only World Heritage-listed building and for developing high standard visitor experiences,” Mr Castrilli said.
“These projects will now compete on an international stage at the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation with Heritage Council endorsement.”

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