2020 Heritage Awards nominations

Nominations are now closed.

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For more information on the WA Heritage Awards contact the Awards Coordinator.

Update on Heritage Awards 2020

Nominations for the 2020 WA Heritage Awards closed in December 2019. The Heritage Council received 60 nominations from across the State, highlighting the outstanding work being undertaken in adaptive reuse, conservation, interpretation, heritage tourism, and promotion across Western Australia.

Unfortunately, an awards ceremony will not go ahead this year due to social distancing requirements, in line with the Australian Government’s response to COVID-19 and the subsequent bans on mass gatherings.

However, the Heritage Council and the Department are dedicated to promoting the 2020 heritage champions, and sharing the stories behind this year’s finalists and award winners. 

Over the next few months, we will be revealing the remarkable individuals and projects who work so hard to preserve our State's highly-valued heritage.

Award categories

Voluntary individual contribution

An individual who has made a significant voluntary contribution to the conservation, promotion and/or understanding of cultural heritage in the community.

  • Outline the nominee's contribution to heritage, in a volunteer capacity, including the key reasons why you think the individual should receive a Western Australian Heritage Award and how their contribution stands out above that of others. (400 words)
  • Identify whether their contribution has been through the conservation or promotion of heritage, or excellence through particular heritage achievements or projects they have worked on. (400 words)
Professional contribution

An individual who has made a significant contribution to heritage and has demonstrated best practice standards through their employment in the heritage industry.

  • Outline the nominee's contribution to the heritage industry through their work, including the key reasons why you think the individual should receive a Western Australian Heritage Award and how their contribution stands out above that of others. (400 words)
  • Identify whether the individual's contribution has been through the development of best practice standards, exemplary practice or skills development and any achievements or projects they have worked on. (400 words)
Contribution by a community-based organisation

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

  • Describe how the organisation demonstrates a commitment to the conservation and promotion of cultural heritage. (300 words)
  • Outline the organisation's significant achievements or projects in relation to heritage. (300 words)
  • How has this commitment benefited the community and/or heritage industry? (300 words)
Contribution by a private organisation

A private organisation whose contribution demonstrates a commitment to cultural heritage and/or heritage-related work, services or programs in Western Australia. 

  • Briefly describe the ways that the organisation demonstrates a commitment to the conservation and promotion of cultural heritage. (300 words)
  • Outline the organisation's significant achievements or projects in relation to heritage. (300 words)
  • How has this commitment benefited the community and/or heritage industry? (300 words)
     
Contribution by a public organisation

A public organisation whose contribution demonstrates a commitment to cultural heritage and/or heritage-related work, services or programs in Western Australia. Local governments and State Government departments and agencies are encouraged to nominate in this category.

  • Briefly describe the ways that the organisation demonstrates a commitment to the conservation and promotion of cultural heritage. (300 words)
  • Outline the organisation's significant achievements or projects in relation to heritage. (300 words)
  • How has this commitment benefited the community and/or heritage industry? (300 words)
Interpretation project

A project that improves and enriches a heritage experience by helping visitors to develop a strong sense of understanding and appreciation of a place. The project must relate to or include a State Registered place or precinct.

The project may be an event, exhibition, tour, educational activity or program, interpretation works or signage, community engagement program, museum display or interactive experience, website or digital stories, oral histories, open day, conference or symposium, video, film, book or publication.

  • Outline the interpretation work undertaken and the scope of the project. (300 words)
  • Outline how this project has helped visitors to understand, appreciate and experience a heritage place. (300 words)
  • How have innovative design and creativity been used to convey the heritage significance of the site? (300 words)
Heritage tourism product

A business or product that provides a heritage tourism experience and provides visitors with access and/or interpretation of a heritage place.

The product may be a walking tour, historic trail, festival, event, bed and breakfast, hotel, accommodation, cruise or performance.

  • Briefly outline how this product fosters a greater understanding of cultural heritage to the connected area or site. (400 words)
  • Specify the unique contribution the product has made to the heritage tourism industry in Western Australia. (400 words)
Conservation or adaptive reuse of a State Registered Place

CONSERVATION OR ADAPTIVE REUSE OF A STATE REGISTERED PLACE

This category recognises a commitment to either conservation or adaptation of a place entered in the State Register of Heritage Places. The judges may choose to recognise more than one winner.

Nominations for small and large projects are encouraged and residential, commercial and/or public projects are eligible to be nominated. Projects will be assessed against a broad spectrum of criteria including the heritage outcome, conservation practices, social and community benefits, challenges faced, and partnerships demonstrated.

  • Outline the conservation, adaptation and any interpretation work that has been undertaken. (400 words)
  • Outline the significance of the project and the lasting benefit it will provide the community. (400 words)

Why enter the awards?

The awards are Western Australia’s premier heritage event which highlights best practice in adaptive reuse, conservation, interpretation, heritage tourism, and promotion. The Minister for Heritage will announce the winners at an event in early April 2020.

The awards attract extensive media interest, ensuring that the industry, government and community recognise and celebrate finalists and winners that demonstrate innovation and best practice. As well as showcasing the very best of heritage practices, the awards also educate the wider community about the importance of conserving our cultural heritage.

They offer the opportunity to promote conservation projects internationally. Winners and commendations may be invited to have their project shortlisted for a UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. The cooperation between the Heritage Council and UNESCO has now seen six projects recognised on the international stage, demonstrating the world-class standard of conservation work being undertaken in Western Australia. As well, projects are being featured in the Heritage Matters eNewsletter, the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website and other promotional material.

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