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Western Australia Minister for Heritage John Castrilli

Heritage Champions Honoured In Awards

Victor P Taffa

Heritage Minister John Castrilli has announced the major winners of the 2010 Western Australian Heritage Awards.

Mr. Castrilli said 84-year-old Bunbury Heritage Advocate Phyllis Barnes was among an outstanding list of individuals and organisations across the State to be recognised for their promotion and conservation of WA’s heritage.

“The Western Australian Heritage awards showcase the very best in conservation, adaptive reuse and interpretation of State Registered Places.” the Minister said.




Awards were presented in the following categories:

  • Contribution to heritage of WA by an individual from the community and from the heritage industry;
  • Contribution to heritage in WA by a community-based and a public or private organisation;
  • Conservation of a residential and a non- residential property on the State Register of Heritage Places, and an award for the interpretation of a place on the register;
  • Excellence in Adaptive Reuse:  The Gerry Gauntlett Award.

“The winner of the contribution to heritage by an individual from the community is Bunbury historian, author and community volunteer Phyllis Barnes, who has tenaciously advocated for heritage for the past 25 years.” the Minister said.

Mr. Castrilli said Mrs. Barnes served on numerous committees and also conducted valuable research, unearthing parts of WA’s heritage.

Museums WA and Lions Dryandra Woodland Village received the award for outstanding contribution by a community-based organisation.

GPO Perth was recognised as the best conservation of a non-residential place on the State Register of Heritage Places.

“The building’s heritage characteristics date back to 1923 and have been preserved and enhanced while incorporating contemporary commercial and retail spaces.” Mr. Castrilli said.

The Gerry Gauntlett Award for excellence in adaptive reuse was awarded to the WA Police Operations Support Facility (Traffic Operations).

“The project team has turned a redundant industrial building on the site of the former Midland Railway Workshops into a modern facility for WA Police.” Mr. Castrilli said.

Other winners include:

  • Albany Department of Indigenous Affairs Officer Robert Reynolds;
  • Rottnest Island Authority;
  • Archbishop’s Palace;
  • Colwyn House;
  • Fremantle Prison Interpretative Signage Project.

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