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Heritage & Urban Design Awards

Heritage and Urban design awards

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


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:


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


Submit a Nomination for the 2020 Awards


Nominations open on 27 November 2019 for the 2020 Heritage & Urban Design Awards. Applications will be accepted up until midday, Monday 10 February 2020. Winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held on Thursday 30 April 2020


You can submit your application through the SmartyGrants portal by clicking on the button below. The nomination form can be previewed here.


Submit your nomination for the Heritage Awards here


Awards Guidelines for the 2020 Heritage & Urban Design Awards can be downloaded below:


Heritage & Urban Design Awards 2020 Guidelines (330Kb PDF)



Past Winners and Projects


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


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


Other Years

2018 Heritage Award Projects and Winners (COMING SOON)

2015 Heritage Award Projects and Winners (PDF, 400kB)

2013 Heritage Award Projects and Winners (PDF, 196kB) 

2011 Heritage Award Projects and Winners (PDF, 426kB)

2009 Heritage Award Projects and Winners (PDF, 16kB)



Further Information


For more information about the Wingecarribee Heritage & Urban Design Awards, contact Council's Strategic Planning section by telephone on 02 4868 0888. 


Last Updated: November 27th, 2019
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