Fremantle’s conservation efforts recognised at 2016 WA heritage awards
April 1, 2016 Leave a comment
This press release just came out following last night’s WA Heritage Awards it was great to see Freo people and places acknowledged in this way. Well done to all an especially Alan Kelsall.
- City of Fremantle Heritage Coordinator Alan Kelsall wins ‘professional contribution’ category
- City of Fremantle finalist in ‘Heritage Practices by a Local Government’ category
- Fremantle Prison YHA hostel wins ‘Heritage Tourism Product’ award
- Commendation for National Hotel in ‘Contribution by a Public or Private Organisation’ category.
The City of Fremantle’s commitment to heritage conservation and restoration of its iconic buildings has been recognised with the City’s Heritage Coordinator Alan Kelsall winning the ‘professional contribution’ category at last night’s (31 March) 2016 Western Australian Heritage Awards.
Mr Kelsall, who has been at the City since 2012, was recognised for his professional contribution to the promotion and conservation of Fremantle’s heritage, with the City of Fremantle itself a finalist in the local government category.
The judges cited Mr Kelsall’s dedication to promoting a positive image of heritage conservation in Fremantle as a major factor in him winning the award:
This dedicated professional has been instrumental in assisting the City of Fremantle and its elected representatives to develop and deliver a new positive vision for heritage. By working closely with owners and the community, Alan has demonstrated how adaptation and conservation are complementary objectives that can drive economic sustainability.
Fremantle Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt said the award was recognition of Alan’s ongoing commitment to ensuring Fremantle vibrant heritage is not only protected, but provides a platform for Fremantle’s ongoing revitalisation.
“I’m delighted Alan’s collaborative approach to Fremantle’s heritage, planning and economic development has been recognised at this level. His passion and vision to sensitively restore and adapt Freo’s heritage buildings for modern needs has led to significant attitude changes towards heritage and development in Fremantle,” said Dr Pettitt.
The awards, now in their 24th year, recognise contributions to heritage conservation, adaptive reuse, promotion, tourism and interpretation and were held at the Office of the Premier and Cabinet in West Perth.
Other Fremantle based organisations and businesses were also recognised at the awards ceremony including the Fremantle Prison YHA, which took out the award for ‘Heritage Tourism Product’ and the National Hotel who received a commendation in the ‘Contribution by a Public or Private Organisation’ category. The Western Australian Museum – Shipwreck Galleries: Commissariat Buildings was also a finalist in the awards.
As part of its heritage efforts, the City of Fremantle is currently supporting the Heritage Council of Western Australia’s proposal to include Fremantle’s iconic West End precinct in the State Register of Heritage Places. If listed, the West End would constitute the largest ever addition to the register and would include around 250 buildings covering an area of approximately 20 hectares (200 000 sqm).