Busselton's heritage conservation praised

The commitment to heritage conservation by several Busselton organisations has been recognised at a state level. 

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

The Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association was listed as a finalist in the Contribution by a Public or Private Organisation category and the Busselton Jetty Museum was named as a finalist in the Interpretation Project category.

City of Busselton mayor Grant Henley said the City was incredibly proud to be listed as a finalist.

“This reflects the community’s passion for local heritage and the commitment and drive of council members, City officers and volunteer groups,” he said.

WA Heritage Awards recognise outstanding commitment and contributions to heritage conservation, adaptive reuse, interpretation, tourism and promotion in WA. 

The Heritage Practices by a Local Government category awards an outstanding whole-of-agency approach to the commitment and promotion of cultural heritage and heritage-related work, services or programs.

The City’s contributions to heritage include the completion of Railway House as a tourism and interpretive centre, the ongoing improvements to facilities and management of the Old Butter Factory, Old Courthouse and ArtGeo complex, and the progressing of the Wadandi Track.

WA heritage minister David Templeman said the finalists highlighted the exciting heritage work in regional WA.

“Regional projects have dominated the interpretation, heritage tourism, volunteer and local government categories in 2018, with 16 of the 25 finalists hailing from country WA,” he said.

“The number of regional projects and individuals, particularly in the tourism-related field, illustrate the important role heritage plays in creating vibrant, sustainable communities for the enjoyment of tourists and local residents.”

Winners will announced on March 23.