The ‘Adaptive 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 demonstrate outstanding adaptive reuse of a heritage place whilst having minimal impact on its cultural heritage significance and setting.
Finalist were judged on:
How different is the building from its original use? What has been the level of difficulty in adaptively reusing the heritage place?
What are the community benefits of the project? (i.e. enhances the streetscape, enable public use and access).
What other positive benefits has the project achieved? (i.e. economic, tourism, business opportunity, positive flow on effects)
How well have the heritage components of the place been restored, reconstructed, preserved and/or maintained?
How innovative and creative is the project?
Do the works comply with planning and building permits?
The ‘New Work/Development’ within a Heritage Area’ award recognises either:
Sympathetic design of new buildings or structures within heritage conservation areas or within a cultural heritage landscape; or
Sympathetic design of additions/exterior alterations to heritage buildings or structures within heritage conservation areas or within a cultural heritage landscape
Finalist should demonstrate outstanding fulfilment of best practise principles in keeping with local or state guidelines and the Australian ICOMOS Burra Charter.
Finalist were judged on:
How well does the new building/structure sit within the heritage landscape? Is it sympathetic to the heritage of the area or heritage place?
Does the new building/structure adversely affect the heritage area or place? (i.e. distort, obscure, detract from the heritage place/area).
How innovative is the new building/structure? How well are intrusive modern aspects of the building hidden from the heritage streetscape/not distract from the heritage place? (i.e. sustainable features (such as solar panels) hidden from view in an innovative way).
Does the new building/structure comply with planning and building permits? (Please note: buildings/structures that are non-compliant are not eligible
Conservation of a Heritage Place, Historic Collection or Tradition
The ‘Conservation of a Heritage Place, Historic Collection or Tradition’ award recognises best practice in looking after any heritage place or collection/individual item so as to retain what it is that makes it significant. This may include undertaking restoration, reconstruction, preservation or maintenance. It also recognises outstanding efforts in conserving intangible traditions (e.g. keeping Ballarat’s traditional events, long-time organisations and unique traditions alive).
Finalists were judged on:
How well does the submission demonstrate excellence? (i.e. level of skill, attention to detail)
Has the conservation of the heritage place, collection or tradition ensured its longer term existence? (For example: includes new technological improvements that contribute to conservation).
For heritage buildings only: Does the conservation work comply with planning and building permits? (Please note: buildings/structures that are non-compliant are not eligible).
The ‘Specialist Heritage Skills’ award recognises tradespersons, professionals, researchers or conservators who work using specialist knowledge or traditional methods/craftsmanship, demonstrating heritage best practice to a very high standard. Finalists demonstrate excellence in their field.
Finalists were judged on:
How well does the individual, group ororganisation demonstrate excellence? (i.e. level of skill, best practiceapproach, attention to detail).
How much has the individual/group/organisation contributed to the conservation and/or understanding of heritage? (i.e. keeping rare skills alive, work has impacted greatly (positive flow on effects)).
If applicable: Does the individual/group/organisation’s work comply with planning and building requirements? (Please note: works that are non-compliant are not eligible).
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 is carefully selected by the National Trust Australia (Vic)- Ballarat Branch.