The Ballarat Heritage Awards 2012 drew a magnificant crowd in celebration of the communities desire to commemorate and promote Ballarat’s heritage. Heritage building owners, builders and designers nominated for an award gathered with anticipation at this prestigious event.
Presented jointly by the City of Ballarat and the National Trust of Australia - Ballarat Branch, the awards recognise excellence in retention, restoration, enhancement and reuse of heritage places.
The awards were open to domestic and commercial projects, from both government and non-government sectors.
The 2012 award winners demonstrated excellence in conservation work, conservation skills, sustainability, adaptive reuse and sympathetic new design.
The winners and finalists received commemorative plaques at a formal awards ceremony held at the Art Gallery of Ballarat on 11 May 2012.
1. Creative Reuse of a Heritage Place 2. New Work/Development within a Heritage Area 3. Restoration of a Heritage Place 4. Specialist Heritage Trade Skills 5. Sustainability and/or Greening of a Heritage Place 6. Greg Binns Award for Recognition of Outstanding Community Contribution to Heritage
1. Creative Reuse of a Heritage Place (Proudly Sponsored by: Commerce Ballarat)
The ‘Creative 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 have demonstrated outstanding adaptive reuse of a heritage place having minimal impact on its significance and setting.
The ‘New Work/Development within a Heritage Area’award recognises sympathetic design of new buildings or structures within heritage conservation areas or within a cultural heritage landscape. Finalists have demonstrated outstanding fulfilment of local or state Guidelines and the Burra Charter.
The ‘Restoration of a Heritage Place’ award recognises best practice restoration work that returns fabric back to a known earlier state or conserves integrity. Finalists have demonstrated outstanding application of best practise principles listed in the Burra Charter.
The ‘Specialist Heritage Trade Skills’ award recognises tradespersons who work using specialist and traditional methods and craftsmanship to a very high standard. Finalists have demonstrated excellence in traditional trades.
5. Sustainability and/or Greening of a Heritage Place
The ‘Sustainability and/or Greening of a Heritage Place’ award recognises the contribution of heritage conservation to sustainability. Finalists demonstrate outstanding understanding of the environmental performance or aspects of heritage buildings or heritage places. This can include achieving improved environmental performance of a heritage building or greening a heritage place to achieve positive environmental impacts.
6. Greg Binns Award for Outstanding Community Contribution to Heritage
Greg joined the Trust in 1966 and when he shifted to Ballarat in the late 1960’s he became an active member of what was the first Trust Branch in Victoria outside Melbourne. In 1971 he was on the committee and he remained an active member from that time, being at various times President and Treasurer. Greg was given Honorary Life Membership of the Trust in 2000 and in 2005 was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the community of Ballarat, particularly through environmental, arts and heritage organizations.
Greg’s involvement in the branch activities was significant and included active involvement in various campaigns to protect endangered heritage buildings, planning and participation in a wide range of car and walking tours organized by the local branch, assisting in various working bees, involvement in recording the status of entries from the Trust register of Significant Trees in Ballarat and their inclusion in an i Phone App, and as a representative of the Trust on a large range of local organizations.
Greg’s depth of knowledge, his passion for history and heritage and willingness to always help, will be sorely missed, not only by the Trust but by the wider community.
The ‘Greg Binns Awards for Outstanding Community Contribution to Heritage ’ award went to: