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Heritage awards to encourage preservation of Orange’s history

By February 17, 2021News

Nominations are now open for the latest round of Orange City Council’s Cultural Heritage Awards to encourage local restoration projects.

Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said the awards were about acknowledging the commitment made by property owners by maintaining and conserving the city’s heritage buildings.

“Orange has some fantastic examples of restored buildings that have been beautifully-restored and won awards in recent years,” Cr Reg Kidd said.

“As you walk around town you can see former hotels that are now repurposed and revitalised older buildings.

“It’s great to see someone taking the time to turn a derelict house into something special which catches your attention.”

“Entries can come from property owners, family, friends and relatives who have watched a restoration project develop. It could also be a builder or tradesman who has worked on a project who can make the nomination. It’s important to get the permission of the owner before you put in an entry.”

A heritage property in Edward Street

A heritage property in Edward Street

“The awards are held every two years, and because it’s only open to projects which haven’t won before, we know we’re going to be hearing about new work.

“There have been many projects completed over the last few years that you drive past daily, and I’m looking forward to seeing them among the nominations.”
2019 category winners

Best heritage treatment of a commercial building: Royal Hotel, Summer Street – for new painting

Best work on a Heritage Building in Lucknow: Spring Hill or a rural area within the city of Orange. 11 Grove Street, Spring Hill

Streetscape Element Restoration:  52 March Street, Orange, 124 McLachlan Street

Adaptive reuse of an existing building:
Livebetter – Old Carrington Club Hotel, reuse of hotel to new offices

The Awards not only acknowledge conservation work, but are about building community interest in the design and construction of sympathetic infill development, alterations and additions to buildings.

There are eight categories for the 2021 awards:

  •  Restoration of a residential heritage building, including streetscape element restoration (e.g verandah, front fence)
  • Adaptive reuse of an existing building (including cultural heritage and sustainability concepts);
  •  Infill development – a new building in an existing heritage streetscape including unit duplex developments;
  • Best heritage treatment of a commercial building;
  • Best work on a heritage building in Lucknow, Spring Hill or a rural area within the city of Orange
  • Best conservation or improvements to landscape/garden design which is appropriate to its environment;
  •  Best Improvements to a building which is under 50 years old;
  • Best individual or group contribution to the cultural heritage of Orange.
  • Projects must have been completed within the last 5 years.

The deadline for entries is 5pm, Friday 12 March 2021. Nomination forms and more information is available from the Customer Service Counter at the Orange Civic Centre, Orange City Library or online.

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