THE Shire of Murray has won its third heritage award in the State Heritage Awards program for Best Heritage Practices by a Local Government.
The shire was recognised for continually setting a benchmark for local governments through its commitment to and investment in local heritage.
The award also recognised the shire’s proactive and measured response to heritage management and its strong working relationships with the local community, achieved through the provision of incentives and specialist advice to owners of heritage properties.
Shire president Maree Reid said the shire achieved a number of feats over the past year, including the complete restoration of the Edenvale veranda and installation of branding, interpretive and way finding signage throughout the grounds.
“The Edenvale Landscape Management Plan, which seeks to appropriately manage the landscape elements of the historic core, was drafted and condition reports for several other significant heritage buildings were completed by a heritage architect,” Cr Reid said.
The shire, in partnership with Rotary Pinjarra, saw to the reinvigoration of the Pinjarra Heritage Trail, through the completion of a predetermined course leading participants past iconic heritage locations in the town centre.
The shire also continues to provide professional heritage advice free of charge or for a subsidised cost to owners of heritage properties.
Cr Reid said the shire acknowledged the ongoing effort, dedication and commitment of its councillors, chief executive officer and staff as well as community groups and volunteers who continued to contribute to the achievement of heritage milestones.
She also acknowledged sponsors who helped with funding.
Since 2011, the shire has been a nominee in the State Heritage Awards six times, was a winner of the same award in 2016 and won the Conservation of a Non-Residential Place Award for the restoration works of Edenvale Homestead’s west wing in 2013.