Geraldton wins WA State Heritage Award

The City of Greater Geraldton has another award under its belt with the announcement last night, of first place in one of this year’s prestigious Western Australian State Heritage Awards.

The City was declared the winner of the 2014 Outstanding heritage practices by a local government category, beating seven other finalists to the top spot in this category.

Heritage Minister, Hon Albert Jacob MLA, made the announcement at a gala function at His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth last night and City Deputy Mayor, Cr Neil McIlwaine and Manager Libraries and Heritage, Susan Smith were on hand to accept the award.

Mrs Smith said this is a great honour and reward for the hard work put in by Heritage Services and Library staff.

“It is very satisfying to be recognised for our efforts. The Library has only been responsible for Heritage matters for two years, during which there have been many challenges as well as surprises,” she said.

“I would like to make special mention of Trudi Cornish, Coordinator Heritage Services, who has made a huge contribution to Heritage matters.

“In accepting this award the City proudly acknowledges the strong partnership that has been developed with local historical groups and individuals who are passionate about local heritage,” said Mrs Smith.

“The City’s entry highlighted the importance of taking a holistic approach to understanding and managing its valuable heritage resources, with all four City directorates playing a role in Heritage matters.”

Cr McIlwaine said this significant Heritage award is a truly fantastic recognition of the City’s commitment to all facets of heritage within the community.

“Our council has been proactive in its approach to heritage and in its implementation of many varied strategies to recognise, preserve and enhance the rich history of not only our City but the wider Mid West region,” he said.

“In particular can I thank the wonderful Library team for their fantastic focus on our heritage.

“Programs such as Oral History mornings, the Mid West Heritage Book series, the I Remember When program, all contribute to the sharing and preservation of our history for enjoyment now and into the future,” said Cr McIlwaine.

The State Heritage Awards cover criteria including conservation, understanding how to incorporate heritage in our daily lives, adapting heritage assets to modern use, using heritage to value add to places, experiences and relevance to contemporary living.

Celebrating the awards 22nd year, Minister Jacobs said the winners demonstrated the wide spectrum of heritage success stories across the State.