2017 Ballarat Heritage Awards 

2017 Ballarat Heritage Awards entries have now closed.


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Adaptive Reuse of a Heritage Place

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The ‘Adaptive Reuse of a Heritage Place’ award recognises successful adaptive
reuse. Adaptive reuse is a process of changing a disused or redundant place for a different or creative purpose. Finalists demonstrate outstanding adaptive reuse of a heritage place whilst having minimal impact on its cultural heritage significance and setting.

Finalist will be judged on:

  1. How different is the building from its original use? What has been the level of difficulty in adaptively reusing the heritage place?
  2. What are the community benefits of the project? (i.e. enhances the streetscape, enable public use and access).
  3. What other positive benefits has the project achieved? (i.e. economic, tourism, business opportunity, positive flow on effects)
  4. How well have the heritage components of the place been restored, reconstructed, preserved and/or maintained?
  5. How innovative and creative is the project?
  6. Do the works comply with planning and building permits

 

New Work/Development within a Heritage Area

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The ‘New Work/Development’ within a Heritage Area’ award recognises either:

  • Sympathetic design of new buildings or structures within heritage conservation areas or within a cultural heritage landscape; or
  • Sympathetic design of additions/exterior alterations to heritage buildings or structures within heritage conservation areas or within a cultural heritage landscape.

Finalist should demonstrate outstanding fulfilment of best practise principles in keeping with local or state guidelines and the Australian ICOMOS Burra Charter.

Finalist will be judged on:

  1. How well does the new building/structure sit within the heritage landscape? Is it sympathetic to the heritage of the area or heritage place?
  2. Does the new building/structure adversely affect the heritage area or place? (i.e. distort, obscure, detract from the heritage place/area).
  3. How innovative is the new building/structure? How well are intrusive modern aspects of the building hidden from the heritage streetscape/not distract from the heritage place? (i.e. sustainable features (such as solar panels) hidden from view in an innovative way).
  4. Does the new building/structure comply with planning and building permits? (Please note: buildings/structures that are non-compliant are not eligible



Conservation of a Heritage Place or Historic Collection

The ‘Conservation of a Heritage Place or Historic Collection’ award recognises best practice in looking after any heritage place or collection/individual item so as to retain what it is that makes it significant.

Finalist were judged on:

  1. How well does the submission demonstrate excellence (i.e. level of skill, attention to detail)
  2. Has the conservation of the heritage place or collection ensured its longer term existence? (For example: includes new technological improvements that contribute to conservation).
  3. For heritage buildings only: Does the conservation work comply with planning and building permits? (Please note: buildings/structures that are non-compliant are not
    eligible).

 

Specialist Heritage Skills

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The ‘Specialist Heritage Skills’ award recognises tradespersons, professionals, researchers or conservators who work using specialist knowledge or traditional methods/craftsmanship, demonstrating heritage best practice to a very high standard. Finalists demonstrate excellence in their field.

Finalist will be judged on:

  1. How well does the individual, group organisation demonstrate excellence? (i.e. level of skill, best practice approach, attention to detail).
  2. How much has the individual/group/organisation contributed to the conservation and/or understanding of heritage? (i.e. keeping rare skills alive, work has impacted
    greatly (positive flow on effects)).
  3. If applicable: Does the individual/group/organisation’s work comply with planning and building requirements? (Please note: works that are non-compliant are not eligible).

The judges separated the award into two categories this year:

 

Heritage Innovation

The ‘Heritage Innovation Award’ is an open category that recognises best practise, innovative work that contributes to one or more of the following:

  • Our knowledge of heritage
  • The protection, conservation, preservation and/or management of heritage
  • Supporting community members who care for heritage (i.e. assistance, advice and incentives)
  • Communicating, promoting and celebrating heritage


Heritage can be tangible (such as places and things) or intangible (such as stories, dance and knowledge). All of these areas are a part of the rich tapestry that makes up our unique identity.

Finalist will be judged on:

  1. How innovative and/or creative is the submission? (i.e. cutting edge – leading the pack)
  2. How well does the submission contribute to:
  3. Our knowledge of heritage
  4. The protection, conservation, preservation and/or management of heritage
  5. Supporting community members who care for heritage (i.e. assistance, advice and incentives)
  6. Communicating, promoting and celebrating heritage
  7. Has there been any positive flow on effects from this project?

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