Rewards for heritage work

Jenny Edgecombe.
Jenny Edgecombe.

The Shire of Toodyay, the shire-owned Newcastle Gaol Museum and Toodyay Historical Society volunteer archivist Jenny Edgecombe all received top honours in their respective categories.

‘Toodyay’s dominance at this year’s awards illustrates the passion and commitment embedded in this community to recognise and celebrate its heritage,’ Heritage Minister Albert Jacob said.

‘For a small country town, it punches well above its weight and showcases how heritage brings a sense of identity to the community and is also used to drive tourism.’

Mr Jacob said the Heritage Council’s awards recognised the outstanding contribution of owners, volunteers, professionals and organisations who work tirelessly to promote and conserve their heritage. ‘This year’s awards showcased outstanding examples of how state-registered places can be adapted for new uses, ensuring that these significant landmarks are once again the centrepiece of their communities,’ Mr Jacob said.