Winners of the Ballarat Heritage Awards and the new National Trust People’s Choice Award were announced at a formal awards ceremony on Tuesday 16 May, 2017. The Award evening was hosted by the National Trust of Australia (VIC) Ballarat Branch and supported by City of Ballarat.
We would like to congratulate all the winners and finalists for their passion in preserving and celebrating Ballarat’s distinct heritage, and look forward to seeing the same high calibre of nominations in next year’s round.
THE NATIONAL TRUST PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
Winner: 208-210 Sturt Street, Ballarat – Colliers International
Decided by public polls online and at the Visitor Information Centre and Ballarat Library, the National Trust People’s Choice award received a whopping 723 votes in total. The first ever winner of this Award sits in one of Ballarat’s most recognisable streetscapes, and has been voted a community favourite.
THE GREG BINNS AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION TO A HERITAGE PLACE
Winner: Ballarat Municipal Observatory & Museum
The Ballarat Municipal Observatory & Museum has given 130 years of continual service to the community and has been managed for the last 58 years by the Ballarat Astronomical Society. The Observatory was classified by the National Trust in 1989 and added to the Historical Buildings Register in 1992. This Award acknowledges their contribution to the heritage of Ballarat.
The ‘Adaptive Reuse of a Heritage Place’ award recognises successful adaptive reuse. This is a process of changing a disused or redundant place for a different or creative purpose, or adapted in a manner that allows ongoing use for its original purpose. Finalists demonstrated outstanding adaptive reuse of a heritage place whilst having minimal impact on its cultural heritage significance and setting.
Winner: Catherine of Siena Centre, ACU, 102-106 Ripon Street North, Ballarat – Morton Dunn Architects and Australian Catholic University
208-210 Sturt Street, Ballarat — Colliers International
Lydiard Street North Railway Gates, Ballarat — VicTrack and V/Line
Restoration of Tram 939 - ‘Cuthberts’ — Ballarat Tramway Museum
NEW WORK/DEVELOPMENT WITHIN A HERITAGE AREA
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The New Work/Development’ within a Heritage Area category 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 demonstrated outstanding fulfilment of best practise principles in keeping with local guidelines and the Australian ICOMOS Burra Charter.
Winner (domestic project): 311 Wendouree Parade, Lake Wendouree – Luke Jennings, Project Now, and owners Paul and Sharon McCuskey
Honourable Mention (domestic project): 415 Drummond Street South, Ballarat – Developers Mark Rowan and Clive Gurney
Joint Winners (non-domestic project):
St Thomas Aquinas Chapel, ACU, 102-106 Ripon Street North, Ballarat – Jesse Mowbray, Nimbus Architecture & Heritage
The Garden of the Grieving Mother, Alfredton – Arch of Victory/Avenue of Honour Committee Inc.
Highly Commended (non-domestic project): Catherine of Siena Centre, ACU, 102-106 Ripon Street North, Ballarat – Morton Dunn Architects
CONSERVATION OF A HERITAGE PLACE, HISTORIC COLLECTION OR TRADITION
The ‘Conservation of a Heritage Place or Historic Collection’ 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. Finalists demonstrated excellence in their conservation approach to ensure the endurance of each place or experience.
Winner: Restoration of Tram 939, ‘Cuthberts’ – Ballarat Tramway Museum
Highly Commended: Loreto College Fence Restoration, 1600 Sturt Street, Ballarat – Loreto College and Tom Tung, TG & KM Tung bricklayers
Finalist: ‘The Old Shop’ - 46A Victoria Street, Ballarat East — owners Leo and Christine Van der Ploeg, Jock Maule, Dedicated Building Solutions, and Kevin Murphy, KHLA Building Designs
SPECIAL HERITAGE SKILLS
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The Special Heritage Skills category 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 demonstrated excellence in their field and exceptional quality and outcomes in each of their projects.
Winner: Tom Tung, TG & KM Tung bricklayers – for Loreto College Fence Restoration, 1600 Sturt Street, Ballarat
Joint Highly Commended:
Nick McCann, NMC Tiling – for 1316 Mair Street, Lake Wendouree
Jock Maule, Dedicated Building Solutions – for 46A Victoria Street, Ballarat East
Heritage Innovation is an open category that recognises best practice, innovative work that contributes to one or more of the following: our knowledge of heritage; the protection, conservation, preservation and/or management of heritage; supporting community members who care for heritage (i.e. assistance, advice and incentives); and communicating, promoting and celebrating heritage. Finalists in this category showed innovation and creativity in their projects, each achieving meaningful engagement with Ballarat’s heritage across multiple disciplines and art forms.
Winner: Cultural Partnership Chinese Fortunes Exhibition – Chinese Australian Cultural Society of Ballarat and M.A.D.E
Joint Highly Commended:
Restoration of Tram 939, ‘Cuthberts’ – Ballarat Tramway Museum
Gold Bar at The Gold Museum – The Gold Museum
‘Honourable Mentions’ — Dr Mary-Rose McLaren, Peter Nethercote and the Ballarat National Theatre
125th Anniversary website — Royal South Street Society