Balga tree in the Wildflower Garden at Yagan Square with the building facade in the background
2 April 2019

Yagan Square named WA’s best interpretation project

  • Yagan Square

Yagan Square was honoured at the 2019 WA Heritage Awards taking out best interpretation project.

The project was recognised for showcasing how exemplary heritage interpretation can transform an underutilised site into a distinctive destination that enriches an entire city.

Heritage Council judges noted that by layering heritage interpretation in all aspects of the design, the space has a distinct DNA and an authentic narrative. The buildings, urban structures and artworks are interlinked as part of a broader whole – a place to experience, learn and enjoy like no other in WA.

Acting Chief Executive Officer Sean Henriques said MRA’s comprehensive interpretation process delivered a destination to celebrate the past and enrich the future for locals and tourists, by subtly elevating visitors’ knowledge, interest and experience of the site’s unique history.

“We’re very proud of the Yagan Square project, not just for the destination itself, but because of the way in which we went about it and transformed the thinking around how genuine cultural engagement could be done,” he said.

Mr Henriques said interpretation was at the heart of the Yagan Square project, and its level of interpretation with traditional owners set an important new benchmark in Australia.

“Through comprehensive heritage research and the fresh, bespoke consultation framework, interpretation was embedded in almost all aspects including planning, architectural design, space planning, art, usage, signage, cultural activities, and management.

"As a result, Aboriginal narratives intertwine with non-Aboriginal narratives throughout the space, and there is something new to learn and discover every time you visit.”

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