Past masters of heritage

Renovations are transforming old York Primary School into a community health hub.
Renovations are transforming old York Primary School into a community health hub.

The conversion of old York Primary School into a community health hub is among the finalists, which Heritage Minister Albert Jacob said demonstrated the wide spectrum of heritage success stories across the State.

‘The 56 inspiring finalists are an indication of the strong field contending for top heritage honours in 11 categories,’ Mr Jacob said.

‘The WA Heritage Awards is an opportunity to convey that ‘heritage’ is about so much more than conserving old buildings; it is about understanding how to incorporate it in our daily lives, to adapt heritage assets to modern use, to use heritage to add value to places and experiences and make it relevant to contemporary living.’

The awards are in their 22nd year and honour the leading contributors to heritage conservation, adaptive reuse, promotion, tourism and interpretation in WA.

‘There has also been a marked increase in the use of technology to interpret heritage, enhance experiences, reach new audiences and make it accessible and relevant to the younger generation,’ Mr Jacob said.

York’s Wellness Centre is a finalist in the Gerry Gauntlett Award for excellence in adaptive reuse for its unique and positive contribution to the community of York and surrounding Wheatbelt region.

Samantha Good from the York Residency Museum is a finalist for outstanding voluntary contribution to heritage by an individual.

The Shire of York is a finalist in the outstanding heritage practices by a local government category in recognition of its holistic and integrated approach to heritage.

York Residency Museum is a finalist for the outstanding contribution to heritage by a community-based organisation award.

The York Post Office was named a finalist for the outstanding conservation of a non-residential place category after restoration at the building to its original condition.