Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Minister for Culture and the Arts; Sport and Recreation; International Education; Heritage

    Conservation of Perth streets wins international UNESCO Award

    3/11/2017 2:45 PM
    • ​State heritage-listed Brookman and Moir streets precinct wins UNESCO Asia Pacific Awards for Heritage Conservation
    • The only Australian project to be honoured in 2017 awards

    The restoration of century-old cottages within two historic adjacent Perth streets has won a prestigious UNESCO conservation award - the only Australian project to be honoured in 2017.


    The Brookman and Moir Streets Precinct won the Award of Distinction in this year's UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.


    The precinct consists of 58 semi-detached workers' cottages, built as a residential estate for working class families between 1897 and 1898. The precinct was included in the State Register of Heritage Places in 2006.


    The UNESCO Asia‐Pacific Awards recognise the efforts of private individuals and organisations, which have successfully restored and conserved significant heritage structures.


    The UNESCO judges said the Brookman-Moir project had revitalised the streetscape and returned a sense of community to the area.


    "The revival of the Brookman-Moir precinct underscored the importance of recognising and safeguarding everyday urban fabric as part of a holistic strategy in sustaining historic urban landscapes," UNESCO said.


    The precinct was shortlisted for nomination to the 2017 UNESCO Awards following its win at the 2016 WA Heritage Awards.  It is the sixth Western Australian heritage project in six years to be honoured by UNESCO since a relationship was forged with the Heritage Council to endorse WA Heritage Award-winning projects to these prestigious awards.


    Comments attributed to Heritage Minister David Templeman:


    "The precinct shared this prestigious award with Shanghai's Holy Trinity Cathedral, which illustrates the calibre of projects honoured.


    "This is a tremendous story of a group of owners who have inspired each other to restore and adapt their homes for contemporary living while revitalising the streetscape.  This was no mean task as many homes were in a poor condition due to being built on swamp land.


    "The judges also praised the assistance of conservation practitioners, the City of Vincent and the Heritage Council for their advice, technical assistance and financial support to the owners.


    "The Heritage Council contributed more than $700,000 to the conservation of these homes through the Heritage Grants Program, showing the value of this program."


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