06 Sep 2012
The refurbished William Street Precinct in Northbridge beat strong competition from 11 countries to win an award in the 2012 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.
Planning Minister John Day said the judges awarded the precinct an Honourable Mention for its contribution to revitalising Northbridge and for creatively balancing heritage conservation with investment opportunities.
“Over the past two years, the State Government has spent more than $18million to revitalise the Perth Cultural Centre, including refurbishing a number of heritage buildings along the eastern side of William Street,” Mr Day said.
“Conserving the important heritage elements and unique character of those buildings was a key objective of the project while also reinforcing the role of William Street as a gateway to Perth and a major inner-city connection.
“This award is a very welcome celebration of both the success of the project and the social and cultural value of heritage conservation in urban renewal.”
Heritage Minister John Castrilli said the William Street Precinct was one of four Western Australian Heritage Award winners endorsed by the Heritage Council and shortlisted for nomination by UNESCO as part of a new State Heritage Office initiative to raise the profile of WA heritage projects in the Asia-Pacific region.
“The William Street Precinct was one of only eight projects recognised by the UNESCO awards this year, illustrating the high calibre of heritage conservation work being undertaken through the collaboration between the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and the Heritage Council,” Mr Castrilli said.
Mr Day said together with the State Theatre Centre and investment in the Perth City Link, the revitalisation of the Perth Cultural Centre and William Street was changing how people interacted with the city and providing new reasons to reconnect with areas they would have once avoided.
“Today, William Street offers an exciting inner-city shopping experience and is home to an eclectic mix of restaurants, galleries, niche retail and clothing stores and is fast becoming one of Perth’s most important urban landmarks,” he said.
More information is available on the project at http://www.mra.wa.gov.au