Greater Shepparton City Council, in association with the Greater Shepparton Heritage Advisory Committee, recently presented the biennial Greater Shepparton Cultural Heritage Awards for 2021.
The highest-scoring nomination in each category was honoured with an Award presented at the 2021 Cultural Heritage Awards Ceremony, which was held on Saturday, 1 May at the Goulburn Valley Hotel, Shepparton. The list of the winners can be found here.
About the Awards
The Awards are undertaken on a biennial basis and coincide with the Australian Heritage Festival.
The Awards 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).
Award nominations were sought in the following categories:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Twenty-two nominations, in eight of the nine categories, were received for the 2021 Awards. Short-listed nominations were assessed by a Judging Panel using the assessment criteria and conditions contained within the Greater Shepparton Cultural Heritage Awards Guidelines 2018 to determine successful entries.
Winning nominations were presented at the 2021 Cultural Heritage Awards Ceremony.
For more information, please refer to the Greater Shepparton Cultural Heritage Awards Guidelines 2018 or contact Council's Building, Planning and Compliance Department on (03) 5832 9700 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Burra Charter
The Burra Charter and the associated series of Practice Notes provide a best practice standard for managing cultural heritage places in Australia. Visit the link above for more info.