One of the most significant pastoral stations in the State’s north has been given permanent status on the State’s Register of Heritage Places.
The Nanutarra Station complex, 125km south-east of Onslow on the North West Coastal Highway, includes a mud-brick homestead that dates back to 1878, outbuildings, visitor’s quarters and archaeological remnants.
Heritage Minister Francis Logan said Nanutarra was significant to the State because of its role in the early pastoral development of the region.
“Nanutarra represents the historic development of pastoral stations, particularly in the State’s North-West, having been established as a simple 19th century family homestead that expanded into a large pastoral complex,” Mr Logan said.
“The station was first owned by the prominent Western Australian family, the Highams, but its early and ongoing success relied in part on the Aboriginal workers and their families who lived and worked at the station.
“The site is also important for potential archaeological material on the site which may provide information about the evolution of pastoral industry practices from the 1880s to the present.”
The Minister congratulated the owners and the Shire of Ashburton for supporting the registration of the complex on the heritage register.
Mr Logan said the station was highly regarded in the community as an important pastoral property and was listed in the shire’s municipal inventory under a high level of protection.
“Heritage listing recognises places that are important to WA as a community,” he said.
“State heritage listing provides access to State Government grants for heritage conservation, including the $1million Heritage Grants Program.
“Listed places can continue to develop and change to meet modern-day requirements and contemporary standards.
“The Gallop Government is committed to protecting and enhancing WA’s unique lifestyle, including significant heritage sites.”
Mr Logan has also approved the permanent listing of the Morawa Shire Office and Town Hall, the Broomehill Shire Hall and former Road Board Offices, the Freemasons Hotel in Bridgetown, St John’s Anglican Church in Capel, stables at 17 Lindsay Street in East Perth and the Wyalkatchem Railway and CBH precinct.
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