The 2019 Ballarat Heritage and Design Excellence Awards, including the National Trust People’s Choice Award and the Mayoral Award for Emerging Heritage and Design Practitioners, were announced at an official presentation ceremony held on Friday 24 May, 2019. The Award ceremony was hosted by the City of Ballarat and the National Trust of Australia (VIC) Ballarat Branch.
THE 2019 WINNERS ARE:
CATEGORY: CONSERVATION OF A HERITAGE PLACE
Winner: Uniting Ballarat and S.J. Weir’s (Ballarat) Pty Ltd
CATEGORY: NEW DESIGNS IN A HERITAGE CONTEXT-COMMERCIAL
Winner: Garry Goyne and Morton Dunn Architects
CATEGORY: NEW DESIGNS IN A HERITAGE CONTEXT-RESIDENTIAL
Winner: McNiece Buildig Group, Ryan Adamson Design and Rhino Landscaping
CATEGORY: EXCELLENCE IN HERITAGE SKILLS
Winner: Hishon Bros., Bill Hollick and Artcare
CATEGORY: COMMUNICATING, PROMOTING AND CELEBRATING HERITAGE
Joint Winner: Arch of Victory/avenue of Honour Committee Inc. and Phil Roberts
Avenue of Memories Book
Joint Winner: Integra Group
Highly Commended: Wind & Sky Productions
Many Roads: Chinese on the Goldfields
CATEGORY: MAYORAL AWARD FOR EMERGING HERITAGE AND DESIGN PRACTITIONERS
Winner: David Sexton
AWARD: The Greg Binns Award for Outstanding Community Contribution to Heritage
Winner: Ballarat Historical Society
AWARD: The National Trust People’s Choice Award
Winner: David Waldron, Katrina Hill and Tom Hodgson
Speaking from the Trench Room in the historical Town Hall, where women knitted socks for the soldiers in the trenches, Mayor Samantha McIntosh has been a pivotal part in returning historical pieces to the Town Hall.
“It’s about respect and about remembering our past and about taking it into our future and we need to be sharing this knowledge, sharing these experiences with the young kids that come through here, so they know where we come from and where we plan to go,” Cr McIntosh said about Ballarat’s historical past.
Speaking with the winners of the awards, Cr McIntosh said it was important for them to realise how important it is for them to understand how significant their contributions are.
“We are growing, we are under pressure in terms of population growth and community is afraid that we will lose our heritage,” she said.
“We are asking our designers, our developers, our builders , investors and architects – we are asking them to come on board, to work with us to protect what we have as a city and make sure that we look after the authentic Ballarat.
“And that we also remember there in infield development, there is upper level reuse, there are areas in town and all across the municipality that can be better developed and still respect and reflect our history but still respond to population growth that we have before us.”
Cr McIntosh added that it was a difficult time and one that needs and is being planned for but it’s one that council can’t do on its own.
“We need all of those independent funding contributors, developers and creatives to work with us to help protect the spectacular Ballarat that people love but still cater for the numbers that are coming in,” she said.
“I know that a building that has respected its history is of greater value and I know that adds value to those buildings surrounding it.”
Cr McIntosh added that she feels it is our duty to look after what we have and it’s wise in terms of waste, as well.
“We are talking, as a city, to reducing our waste, recycling and reusing wherever we possibly can and I question things like first home owners grants when its going towards a new property. I would love to see something like that being targeted towards renovating, restoring and rejuvenating what we already have.
“We should be taking every single opportunity we can to encourage our young people, and our future, to be wise, to be resourceful, to do it in a viable manner – it’s about not throwing into landfill stuff that has nothing wrong with it and we can do that and still have a creative future.”