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Grills encourages locals to nominate ‘heritage heroes’

For more information, contact Dave Grills (Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region).

Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region Dave Grills MLC is encouraging locals to nominate ‘heritage heroes’, as part of the State Government's prestigious Western Australian Heritage Awards 2017.

The annual State Government awards recognise the outstanding contribution of owners, volunteers, professionals and organisations working to promote and conserve WA's cultural heritage.

Mr Grills said the awards showcased the work being done to revitalise State Registered heritage places, setting standards in interpretation, heritage tourism, conservation and adaptive reuse.

“I encourage constituents to nominate a local who is leading the way with regards to conserving WA’s heritage in the Mining and Pastoral Region,” Mr Grills said.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to recognise the passion and commitment of the many local volunteers, professionals and organisations whose activities have helped build WA's heritage scene into the vibrant, innovative and highly professional sector it is today.”

In 2016, local regional projects that were recognised include the Kukenarup Memorial and Information Site near Ravensthorpe and the Sisters of St John of God Heritage Centre in Broome.

Mr Grills said the awards were established in 1992 and originally featured just one category.

“Thanks to the Heritage Council of Western Australia, the program has grown into WA's premier heritage event,” he said.

This year marks the 25th year of the awards.

Nationals WA candidate for Roe Peter Rundle said the awards provided an opportunity to thank those devoting their time and skills to preserving our local natural assets.

“Every year, the awards allow us to acknowledge the many people who are dedicated to supporting and enhancing our cultural heritage,” Mr Rundle said.

The awards also showcase Western Australian heritage projects on an international stage with outstanding conservation projects being shortlisted for the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

Visit http://stateheritage.wa.gov.au/awards. Nominations close 4pm Friday November 25, 2016.

For media enquiries contact Dave Grills MLC on (08) 9071 500 or email dave.grills@mp.wa.gov.au