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Nominations now open for Wingecarribee Heritage Awards

5 February, 2015Posted in: Events
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Wingecarribee Shire Council is calling on nominations for the 2015 Wingecarribee Heritage Awards.

Council’s Heritage Land Use Planner explained the significance of the awards.

“The Southern Highlands contain some of the most beautiful heritage buildings across the state,” said Sarah Farnese.  “In fact over 300 individual heritage items can be found spread across our Shire.”

“This is in addition to the many towns and villages that contain heritage conservation areas,” she said.

Held every two years and coordinated through Council’s Heritage Committee, the Wingecarribee Heritage Awards pay tribute to recent heritage and conservation projects undertaken across the Shire.

Ms Farnese said the biennial awards were also an opportunity to recognise the craftsmanship of traditional tradespersons and promote heritage conservation in the Highlands.

“These awards celebrate many facets of our heritage industry.”

“Completed projects, extraordinary design solutions that preserve our local heritage and the extraordinary skill and craftsmanship of our local tradespeople,” Ms Farnese said.  “Skills that in some cases are becoming a lost art.”

“This year we’re also including recognition of maintenance of heritage buildings and precincts and the contribution of people and events in enriching our heritage,” Ms Farnese added.

Chair of Council’s Heritage Committee, Councillor Jim Clark, urged local residents, businesses and other organisations to nominate for this year’s awards.

“These Awards are the perfect opportunity to recognise the many heritage projects carried out over the last few years as well as the talented tradespeople that help preserve the remarkable buildings which make our Shire so unique.

“And with this year’s competition featuring nine categories, we’d love to see as many entries as possible,” Councillor Clark said.

The nine categories include:  Best Conservation of a Heritage Place, Best Sympathetic Addition to a Heritage Place, Best Creative Adaptation, Best Maintained Heritage Place, Best Heritage Precinct, Best Heritage Trade, Best Heritage Tourism Project or Initiative, Significant Achievement in Heritage by an Individual or Organisation, and Best Contribution to an Understanding of Heritage in the Wingecarribee Shire.

Nominations for the 2015 Wingecarribee Heritage Awards close Monday 2 March 2015.

Guidelines, criteria and nomination forms can be found on Council’s website at: www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/heritage/wingecarribee-heritage-awards  or from Council’s Moss Vale Civic Centre located in Elizabeth Street, Moss Vale.

For further information contact Council’s Heritage Land Use Planner on phone 4868 0830 or via email at: sarah.farnese@wsc.nsw.gov.au.