Heritage and Urban Design Awards

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As part of the Australian Heritage Festival, Council biennially runs the Wingecarribee Heritage Awards with the assistance of the Wingecarribee Heritage Advisory Committee. In 2020 the categories were expanded to include an urban design category and have been subsequently renamed the Heritage & Urban Design Awards.

The 2020 Awards were interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and have not been have been finalised. This programme is temporarily on hold due to staffing levels and prioritisation of other heritage projects. 

The Heritage & Urban Design Awards program aims to recognise and celebrate projects, events and people who contribute positively to our understanding and appreciation of the heritage, history and urban design of the Southern Highlands. The Awards also serve to promote excellence in the design of new elements in a heritage or urban context, to encourage maintenance of heritage assets and heritage areas, and to recognise traditional craftsmanship.

Projects, properties and people can be nominated for a Heritage & Urban Design Award in one of 10 categories:

  1. Conservation of a Heritage Place (under $300,000 and over $300,000 sub-categories)
  2. Sympathetic Addition to a Heritage Place (under $300,000 and over $300,000 sub-categories)
  3. Creative Adaptation of a Heritage Place (under $300,000 and over $300,000 sub-categories)
  4. Excellent Urban Design
  5. Maintenance of a Heritage Place or Precinct
  6. Heritage Work by a Local or State Institution
  7. Heritage Trade
  8. Heritage Tourism Project or Initiative
  9. Achievement in Heritage by an Individual or Organisation.
  10. Contribution to an Understanding of Heritage in the Wingecarribee Shire. 

Guidelines for the 2020 Awards may be downloaded below:

Heritage & Urban Design Awards 2020 Guidelines(PDF, 329KB)

Past Winners and Projects

The winners from past Heritage Awards years are available for download below as PDF documents for each year.

The Acre in Bowral (a new building in a historic urban context) was awarded an Excellence in Urban Design award at the 2018 Heritage Awards.

2018 Heritage Award Projects and Winners(PDF, 590KB)

2015 Heritage Award Projects and Winners(PDF, 590KB)

2013 Heritage Award Projects and Winners(PDF, 197KB)