Greater Shepparton Cultural Heritage Awards 2019

To coincide with the Australian Heritage Festival, Greater Shepparton City Council, in association with the Greater Shepparton Heritage Advisory Committee, is proud to present the biennial Greater Shepparton Cultural Heritage Awards 2019.

About the Awards

The Awards will recognise outstanding contributions to cultural heritage conservation, research, education, promotion, interpretation, training and awareness-raising within the Municipality.

The Awards aim to honour individuals and organisations whose work has promoted and conserved the Municipality’s diverse cultural heritage. They also serve to promote the benefits of cultural heritage conservation by promoting examples of good conservation practice and guidance, as well as offering the owners or guardians of our cultural heritage recognition of their invaluable work.

Cultural heritage includes both tangible cultural heritage (such as buildings, monuments, landscapes, books, works of art and artefacts) and intangible cultural heritage (such as folklore, traditions, language and knowledge). Places of cultural heritage significance can include a ‘site, area, land, landscape, building or other work, group of buildings or other works, and may include components, contents, spaces and views’ (Burra Charter, 2013: 2).

How to Nominate

Residents, owners, interested parties and stakeholders are invited to nominate places, conservation or other works, groups, individuals, and craftspeople and tradespeople that have made an outstanding contribution to the conservation, education or promotion of cultural heritage within the Municipality. A nomination form can be downloaded using the link below.

Award nominations are sought in any of the following categories:

  1. Reuse of a Heritage Place – This award recognises adaptive reuse of a place. Adaptive reuse is a process that changes the use or function of a derelict or redundant place, such as a place of worship, dwelling, factory, farm buildings, hall, shop or landscaped parkland, to a different use or function. The winner and finalists must demonstrate that the adaptive reuse has had a minimal impact on the place’s cultural heritage significance, built fabric and setting.
  2. Restoration of a Heritage Place – This award recognises best practice restoration work that returns fabric back to a known earlier state or conserves its integrity. The winner and finalists must have demonstrated a thorough application of the principles within the Burra Charter.
  3. Maintenance of a Heritage Place – This award recognises places of cultural heritage significance that are preserved and maintained to very high standards by their owners or guardians. The winner and finalists must have demonstrated a thorough application of the principles within the Burra Charter.
  4. Best Research Publication or Manuscript – This award recognises and acknowledges a substantial research publication - for example, a book, heritage or conservation study, monograph - related to interpretation, recording, research, promotion and awareness-raising of cultural heritage within the Municipality.
  5. Other Publication – This award recognises and acknowledges a significant publication - for example, a booklet, pamphlet, brochure, memoir, software application - related to interpretation, recording, research, promotion and awareness-raising of cultural heritage within the Municipality.
  6. Student/Youth – This award recognises the contribution of an individual or group whose project or efforts make a demonstrable contribution to the interpretation, understanding, preservation or conservation of cultural heritage. The age of entrants will be taken into account in making this award.
  7. Interpretive Signage – This award recognises the interpretation of a place of cultural heritage significance in a text – written, electronic or other – which serves as a communication tool for the understanding of the place and as a tangible reminder of its cultural heritage significance.
  8. Community, Multicultural and Indigenous Events and Tourism – This award recognises events – for example walks and heritage-related days – that disseminate the cultural heritage significance of the peoples that reside in our Municipality.
  9. Other Contribution – This award recognises the potential for contributions to cultural heritage conservation, research, education, promotion, interpretation, training and awareness-raising within the Municipality not included in any of the categories outlined above.

Short-Listing

Nominations for the Greater Shepparton Cultural Heritage Awards 2019 will open on Wednesday, 22 August 2018 and close on Friday, 7 December 2018. A short-list of nominations will be prepared on or before Friday, 14 December 2018.

Cultural Heritage Award Assessment Criteria and Conditions

The short-listed nominations will be assessed by a professional Judging Panel using the assessment criteria and conditions contained within the Greater Shepparton Cultural Heritage Awards Guidelines, 2018 to determine successful entries.

Short-listed properties must be available for inspection by the Judging Panel over the course of the week of Monday, 14 January 2019. Owners of short-listed properties will be contacted no later than Monday, 17 December 2018 by phone or e-mail to arrange a suitable inspection time.

Awards Presentation

The highest-scoring nomination in each category, provided that it achieves a score of at least 75%, will be honoured with an Award at a Cultural Heritage Awards ceremony to be held in April 2019.

For more information, please refer to the Greater Shepparton Cultural Heritage Awards Guidelines, 2018 and Nomination Form, available below. To receive a copy by post, contact Grace Docker on (03) 5832 9730 or grace.docker@shepparton.vic.gov.au.

Alternatively, nomination forms are also available in the foyer at Greater Shepparton City Council offices, 90 Welsford Street, Shepparton; Mooroopna Hub, 9-13 Morrell Street, Mooroopna; Shepparton Library, 41-42 Marungi Street, Shepparton and Tatura Library, 12-16 Casey Street, Tatura.