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Bunbury wins heritage award

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Michael PhilippsSouth Western Times

The City of Bunbury has won the 2018 WA Heritage Award for heritage practices by a local government at the annual awards ceremony.

Mayor Gary Brennan said it was a great honour to win the award.

“It is also a great reflection on our city officers who look after that area for us,” he said.

“It is a very important part of what we do so we have got commitment from the city council, commitment from the city staff as well as commitment from the heritage advisory committee.

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“There are a number of players directly involved and they all played a role in securing this terrific acknowledgement.”

Mr Brennan said the council had learnt over the last few decades the importance of heritage buildings.

“When we reflect back on the 1960s and 70s, generally speaking, we could have done more to retain the heritage buildings,” he said.

“That is something that has certainly changed now and is reflected in this award,”

Heritage Minister David Templeman said the winners demonstrated the important role heritage played in attracting tourists to WA.

“The heritage awards was a night of great anticipation, culminating in 19 heritage champions being recognised for their work promoting and conserving cultural heritage,” he said.

“Winners in the heritage tourism and interpretation categories highlight the excellent work being undertaken by tourism operators across the State, and the role heritage tourism plays in re-energising local economies and stimulating visitation in regional areas.”

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