The Awards are presented every two years by Greater Shepparton City Council in association with the Greater Shepparton Heritage Advisory Committee, to recognise the outstanding contributions of individuals and groups working in the municipality, and to promote the importance of cultural heritage conservation. The Presentation Ceremony in April 2019 will coincide with the Australian Heritage Festival.
The Awards commemorate both tangible and intangible cultural heritage, including elements of aesthetic, historical, scientific, social, and spiritual significance. The categories focus on reuse, restoration or maintenance of a heritage place, research and publications, interpretive signage, events, tourism activities, and other training or awareness-raising contributions.
The scope for entries is broad and may include natural or constructed landscapes, buildings or memorials, locations of historical events, or a site with spiritual or religious significance. They may focus on a book, manuscript, memoir, software application, tour or walk, signage, display or other explanatory material.
Director Sustainable Development, Geraldine Christou said “Greater Shepparton contains a diverse and distinctive variety of cultural heritage places, artifacts and themes owing to its richly-layered history, dating back over 40,000 years. Our shared history tells the story of who we are as a community, as well as adding character, appeal and interest to our municipality.”
“Greater Shepparton has a unique character and place in Victoria and Australia, and it is important to ensure its conservation for present and future generations to view, interpret and appreciate,” said Ms Christou.
Nominated works must relate to the five years prior to the closing date on Friday, 7 December 2018. Entries may be nominated in more than one category, with a separate nomination form for each category.
For more information on the Cultural Heritage Awards 2019, click here.