Bunbury celebrated and acknowledged its unique heritage and those who have contributed to it at the City’s Heritage Awards last week. The annual awards covered two categories — Excellence in Heritage Building Design and Conservation, and Outstanding Heritage Promotion — and community members were invited to nominate projects that recognised and enhanced heritage. The award for Excellence in Heritage Building Design and Conservation was given to the former Commonwealth Bank building at 149 Victoria Street, and was received by Kevin Coote on behalf of Taycot. The City of Bunbury said the award-winning work which was completed mid last year was achieved through respecting its original use and contribution to the Bunbury streetscape. The project team said they consulted the Commonwealth Bank Archives Office in Sydney for help and the photographs and history which were made available ultimately led to achieving this high standard of renovation. The award for Outstanding Heritage Promotion was handed to the Bunbury Oral History Group which has been compiling stories of people in the area since 1994. The group has now gathered, preserved and managed more than 648 interviews which have now been digitised. The Bunbury Geographe Motor Museum was also acknowledged with a High Commendation for its significant contribution to understanding the social history of Bunbury and how vehicles of many types shaped people’s lives. The City congratulated all winners and nominees and thanked those who continued to contribute to preserving and promoting Bunbury’s heritage.