Lighter note: Heritage buildings recognised

AS well as celebrating Western Australia’s diverse cultural history, this year’s new heritage calendar will probably spark some lively debate as to what should constitute heritage. The calendar, a joint project of the Heritage Council, East Perth Redevelopment Authority and Department of Housing and Works, presents 12 sites chosen from thousands of heritage places. As well as showcasing classical pieces, such as the stucco and brick Horseshoe Bridge built in 1903 and the rustic pastoral property Alverstoke built in 1840, the calendar features some unexpected nominations. One to raise eyebrows is Subiaco’s unsightly 1950s Wandana Apartment Block which features as the first multi-storey public housing apartment and is associated with the debate concerning accommodation in the post World War II period. Another surprise is the Bunbury CBH Grain Silos (pictured), now unrecognisable as the State’s first advance storage and bulk grain handling facility since its development into 21 ultra modern luxury apartments in 1996. Nevertheless, on the whole, the 2008 heritage calendar does provide an interesting glimpse into WA’s development as told through our heritage places.

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