City Selected as a Finalist in WA Heritage Awards

Published on 22 February 2018

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The City of Busselton has been nominated as a finalist in the ‘Heritage Practices by a Local Government’ category of the WA Heritage Awards.

 WA Heritage Awards recognise outstanding commitment and contributions to heritage conservation, adaptive reuse, interpretation, tourism and promotion in Western Australia.  The ‘Heritage Practices by a Local Government’ category awards an outstanding whole-of-agency approach to the commitment and promotion of cultural heritage and/or heritage-related work, services or programs.

 This shortlisting comes alongside a number of achievements by the City including the completion of Railway House as a tourism and interpretive centre at the Busselton Foreshore.  Other achievements of recognised excellence include:

  • ongoing improvements to facilities and management of the Old Butter Factory, Old Courthouse and ArtGeo (former Agricultural Bank);
  • progressing the Wadandi Track and  the Settlement Art Project;
  • integration of heritage elements into the redevelopment of the Busselton Foreshore and the new City of Busselton Administration and Civic Centre;  
  • fostering  partnerships that support heritage gains such as the refurbishment of the Old Fire Station, development of the new Busselton Heritage Trail by Rotary and the Phoebe Abbey’s House Working Group;
  • curation of an extensive Local Studies collection;
  • management of the Busselton Jetty, subject to an operational partnership with Busselton Jetty Inc; and
  • supporting owners of private heritage places by providing access to development incentives and free specialist conservation advice.

City of Busselton Mayor, Grant Henley said:  “We’re incredibly proud to be listed as a finalist in these awards. This reflects the community’s passion for local heritage and the commitment and drive of Council members, City Officers and volunteer groups.”

The Margaret-River Busselton Tourism Association was nominated by the City of Busselton in the category of ‘Contribution by a Public or Private Organisation’ and has also been listed as a finalist.  The Busselton Jetty Museum has been listed as a finalist in the ‘Interpretation Project’ category.  The awards ceremony will be held in Perth on Friday 23 March 2018.

Objectives outlined in this statement are aligned with Key Goal Area 2 in the City of Busselton’s Strategic Community Plan (Places and Spaces).

Ends. Media enquiries can be directed to meredith.dixon@busselton.wa.gov.au