THE Bus Preservation Society of WA have been rewarded for their tireless efforts in keeping the wheels of heritage buses spinning, taking home a commendation in the 2020 WA Heritage Awards.
Located at Whiteman Park, the society took home the commendation in the contribution by a community-based organisation category.
Dedicated to the conservation and promotion of WA’s motor bus public transport heritage, the organisation has a collection of more than 35 historic buses and a comprehensive bus related archive and artefact collection.
All the buses the society is in the process of restoring have served on WA Roads.
Chairman Tom Curtis said the society formed in 1969, after the last Trolley Bus ran in Perth.
“We’ve been in business 50 years.
“On a Tuesday we have about thirty people here, and we’re recognised federally as being a collection of significance, we’re not a museum but that’s a step towards a museum.
“We’re definitely proud of the commendation, it was a very pleasant surprise, an honour.
“Hopefully in the next five years we’ll be able to get a museum up and running, that’s our most important project.”