The City of Bunbury was honoured on Friday night at the WA Heritage Awards, winning the Heritage Practices by Local Government category.
The Shire of Collie also received a commendation in the same category.
The awards were held at the Burt Memorial Hall in Perth, where 12 winners were announced along with seven commendations.
Judges' Citation - City of Bunbury (stateheritage.wa.gov.au):
"The City of Bunbury’s commitment to heritage priorities is demonstrated through its heritage advisory service, heritage rate concessions and planning incentives.
The City’s admirable whole-of-organisation commitment to heritage, and engagement with its community, has seen innovative collaborations which have delivered some excellent heritage projects and outcomes.
The City of Bunbury has led the way in demonstrating its commitment to understanding and promoting the rich heritage of the local community.
The City has showcased best practice in the heritage industry through a range of recent projects and practices. Projects include conservation works to the Anzac War Memorial; conservation works and adaptive reuse for the Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre; several innovative interpretation projects; the Bunbury Heritage Building Trail and ongoing responses to heritage issues raised by the community.
A collaborative approach with State agencies, owners and the community is key to the City's heritage operations. This has been supported by standard heritage work practices, strategic planning instruments and a Heritage Advisory Committee and heritage advisory service to assist in delivering quality heritage outcomes.
The undertaking of these practices by the City has allowed the unique stories of Bunbury to be told while providing a much needed legacy for future generations."
Judges' Citation - Shire of Collie (stateheritage.wa.gov.au):
"The Shire of Collie is commended for its ongoing development of best-practice heritage management and processes.
The Shire’s commitment to supporting and promoting the conservation and maintenance of heritage buildings and sites is formalised through its Strategic Plan and annual review of its Municipal Inventory of Heritage Places and Heritage List. The Shire has also undertaken the restoration of several significant heritage assets including the Railway Footbridge and the CY O’Connor designed Goods Shed.
The Shire of Collie is committed to supporting and promoting conservation and maintenance of its heritage buildings, sites and places of interest.
The Shire practices are comprehensive and include annual reviews of the Municipal Inventory/Heritage List, incentive scheme, free heritage advice, systemic upgrades of Shire heritage buildings, maintenance of these buildings, restoration of Locomotives and Train Wagons, interpretation of significant places and working with over 50 volunteers on the cataloguing and restoration of the Coalfields Museum collection. This work is well supported by the community."