Our heritage places are cared for by numerous owners and managers, both private individuals and businesses, community groups and government organisations. Together, these owners and managers work to revitalise heritage places into contemporary spaces that embrace the heritage significance and provide functional and contemporary living, work and leisure spaces. The Heritage Council recognises the contribution these groups make through the annual Heritage Awards and assists private owners with the cost of conserving heritage places through the annual Heritage Grants Program.
Many owners have demonstrated considerable commitment to heritage by investing in adaptive reuse projects that repurpose buildings for new uses, such as a factory being turned into a restaurant, or a warehouse being turned into apartments. Owners and managers of residential places also showcase their commitment by modernising living spaces for contemporary living standards, and by building new additions in a heritage-sensitive way, respecting the significance of a place while adding to its value.
The historic Holy Trinity Anglican Church, the oldest church in the North West, was in danger of being lost to a cyclone. Once restored, the church will be open so that travellers can get a taste of the rich history of Roebourne.
The renewed Montgomery House is the remarkable result of the transformation of a group of run-down heritage buildings into a unique aged care residence.
The restoration of the Fremantle Town Hall is the first step as the City of Fremantle commences the rejuvenation of Kings Square.
Western Australia has magnificent historic, natural and Aboriginal heritage. This heritage enriches the tourism sector by contributing stories that supplement visitor experiences to a particular place, providing a richer experience and helping protect and celebrate the things that are important to the Western Australian community.
Albany’s historic Whaling Station is a popular tourism drawcard for the region that has been visited by more than two million people.
A multi-million-dollar restoration has transformed the former Katanning Roller Flour Mill into a boutique hotel, Dôme café and basement bar.