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2014 Western Australian Heritage Awards

These prestigious annual awards recognise outstanding commitment and contribution to heritage conservation, adaptive reuse, tourism and interpretation in Western Australia. It also honours individuals and organisations whose work has resulted in significant achievements in the promotion and conservation of our rich cultural heritage.

Outstanding contribution to heritage by a community-based organisation

Description

A community-based or non-profit organisation whose contribution demonstrates an outstanding commitment to cultural heritage and/or heritage related work, services or programs in Western Australia.

 

Winners and Finalists

Outstanding contribution to heritage by a community-based organisation

Finalist  
Finalist

The Carnamah Historical Society's small membership has worked tirelessly over its 30 years to establish and operate the Carnamah Museum, restore and continually conserve the State Heritage listed Macpherson Homestead, publish the book 'Westward to the Sea: Reminiscences & History of the Carnamah District' and conduct annual heritage talks and events. In recent years the society has also led heritage organisations of its size in promoting and sharing local heritage online.

 

Outstanding contribution to heritage by a community-based organisation

Finalist  
Finalist

The Old Margaret River Hospital Complex was saved by the community in 1990. Since then the Margaret River Community Resource Centre Inc have been custodians of the heritage listed site.
The complex is comprised of eight original hospital buildings and two buildings of cultural significance relocated on site.
The MRCRC Inc has carried out a number of vital restoration projects over the past twenty three years and today the Old Hospital stands as an example of excellence in the field of recycling historically important buildings for modern use.

 

Outstanding contribution to heritage by a community-based organisation

Finalist  
Finalist

The Mount Lawley Society was founded in October 1977, with the aim of fostering a community spirit in the area, with a focus on the retention of the older buildings and townscapes, protection of the limited open space in the area and to research and publicise the history of the suburb, as well as providing the community access to all the records and photographs that the MLS holds.

 

Outstanding contribution to heritage by a community-based organisation

Finalist  
Finalist

The Irwin District Historical Society aims to recognise excellence in the conservation, promotion and education of heritage within the Irwin District

IDHS was founded in 1964 and is dedicated to preserving the history of the Irwin District through our research office and museums located at the Old Police Station and Russ Cottage.

Recipients of Museums Australia Best Practice Award 2007,2009
Recipients of the Shire of Irwin Heritage Awards in 2002,2005, 2006, 2007,2008,2009,2010 and 2012

The IDHS is a non profit organisation reliant on volunteers and donations assist us to continue our work.

 

Outstanding contribution to heritage by a community-based organisation

Winner  
High Commendation

The Museum is the keystone facility that brings many benefits to the people of York. The Museum helps create a stimulating living environment that draws in business and creates opportunities for employment, supports tourism and inspires people of all ages and backgrounds to discover their abilities and passions.

The judges said: “The York Residency Museum is an organisation which is polished, professional and achieving good outcomes. This group successfully engages with, and is keenly supported by its local community including the Aboriginal community. It is a role model for regional museums in returning social benefits to the town.”

 

Outstanding contribution to heritage by a community-based organisation

Finalist  
Finalist

The Friends of the Mandurah Community Museum are an outstanding community based heritage organisation who assist the Mandurah Community Museum in its programs and projects. Their outreach role in providing workshops and seminars to community and their regular newsletter combined with work on the conservation and interpretation of three significant boats from the Mandurah Estuary shows their leadership. Without the Friends and their efforts, these boats of Sate significance would not have been conserved and interpreted. This work towards saving Mandurah's maritime heritage is what makes them stand out as an organisation of excellence.

 

Outstanding contribution to heritage by a community-based organisation

Winner  
High Commendation

The Art Deco Society of WA makes a significant contribution towards recognition and conservation of cultural heritage and the appreciation of its historic and social heritage values. The society organises meetings and events, lectures, workshops, discovery walks, and conducted tours to identify and record significant examples.

The judges said: “The Art Deco Society of Western Australia (Inc) is an organisation that has worked tirelessly to heighten public awareness of the Art Deco period and style, and has sustained its advocacy for more than 25 years.”