The restoration of Cottesloe's historic Wanslea, now the Cancer Wellness Centre, was recognised with the prestigious Gerry Gauntlett Award at last night's Western Australian Heritage Awards.
Heritage Minister Albert Jacob said Wanslea was an outstanding conservation and refurbishment project that had taken into consideration the building's history, while sensitively incorporating contemporary elements.
Norma Andrews, from Harwood's Cottage Cafe and Quindalup Post Office, took home the Professor David Dolan judges' award for her outstanding contribution to heritage.
"Ms Andrews showed incredible dedication in the careful restoration of the last vestiges of the Quindalup townsite and has transformed the buildings into a popular cafe and tourism attraction. She is an inspiration to other owners of heritage properties," Mr Jacob said.
"Both these projects are outstanding examples of how State registered places can be adapted for contemporary uses and once again become landmarks in their communities."
Other winners include the Carnamah Historical Society and Museum, the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, as well as Heritage Perth for its innovative program that encourages the community to take an interest in Perth's heritage buildings and the story behind them.
Claremont heritage architect Dr John Taylor and maritime author and Geraldton volunteer Dr Howard Gray won individual awards, while Albany was recognised in the heritage tourism category for the National Anzac Centre and in the interpretation category for the Princess Royal Fortress project.
"The outstanding quality and standard of the individuals and projects honoured illustrates why a Heritage Council's Heritage Award has become such a highly sought-after and valued accolade," the Minister said.
2015 marks the 23rd year of the Western Australian Heritage Awards
Award-winning heritage places will now compete on the international stage in the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation
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2015 Western Australian Heritage Awards
Winners and commendations
Voluntary individual contribution
Winner: Dr Howard Gray, Geraldton
Winner: Dr John Taylor, Claremont
Contribution by a community-based organisation
Winner: Carnamah Historical Society and Museum
Commendation: Historical Society of Cockburn
Contribution by a public or private organisation
Winner: Heritage Perth
Heritage practices by a local government
Winner: City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder
Winner: Albany Forts (Princess Royal Fortress)
Commendation: Esperance Foreshore Interpretation Project
Heritage tourism project
Winner: National Anzac Centre, Albany
Conservation or adaptive reuse of a State registered place
Winner of the Gerry Gauntlett Award: Wanslea - Cancer Wellness Centre, Cottesloe
The Judges' Award: The Professor David Dolan Award
Ms Norma Andrews, Harwood's Cottage Cafe and Quindalup Post Office of Busselton