Nominations for the 2020 Wingecarribee Heritage & Urban Design Awards are now open and Wingecarribee Shire Council are looking for submissions.
Council's Strategic Land Use Planner (Heritage), Sarah Farnese explained the significance of the recently expanded awards.
"The Southern Highlands contains some of the most beautiful and significant heritage places in the state and our community is rightly proud of its heritage," she said.
"We're also home to towns and villages that display examples of good urban design which offer opportunities for innovative new projects with a strong urban design focus."
"Preserving our unique history can be a considerable undertaking and these awards allow us to recognise those people who contribute to our understanding of local history and those who help us celebrate it," Ms Farnese added.
"These awards are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the efforts of people, projects and events that have helped to protect and enhance our Shire's heritage places and urban spaces."
Held every two years and coordinated through Council's Heritage Advisory Committee, the Wingecarribee Heritage and Urban Design Awards pay tribute to recent heritage, urban design, research and conservation projects undertaken across the Highlands.
Ms Farnese said the awards were also an opportunity to promote heritage conservation in the Highlands and recognise the craftsmanship of tradespersons helping to preserve our heritage buildings.
"In many cases the skills that these tradespersons are employing are becoming a lost art," she said.
A total of 10 categories are open for nomination and include:
- Conservation of a heritage place
- Sympathetic addition to a heritage place
- Creative adaptation of a heritage place
- Maintenance of a heritage place or precinct
- Excellent urban design
- Heritage work by a local or state institution
- Heritage trade
- Heritage tourism project or initiative
- Significant achievement in heritage by an individual or organisation
- Contribution to an understanding of local heritage.
Nominations for the 2020 Wingecarribee Heritage & Urban Design Awards close Monday 10 February 2020.
Guidelines, criteria and nomination forms can be found on Council's website at: www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/heritage/heritage-awards.