Heritage awards to encourage preservation of Orange’s history

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 are about acknowledging the commitment that property owners make by maintaining and conserving the city’s heritage buildings using heritage conservation principles.

“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 classy office buildings.  It’s great to see someone taking the time to turn a derelict house into something special that 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.”

HERITAGE : The restoration of Orange’s older homes is set to be encouraged by the latest round of heritage awards.

“The awards are held every two years, and because it’s only open to projects which haven’t won before, we know we 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.”

2017 category winners

  • Best heritage treatment of a commercial building
    99 Byng Street (Whiteley Ironside & Shillington)
  • Best work on a Heritage Building in Lucknow, Spring Hill or a rural area within the city of Orange.
    25 Champman Street, Spring Hill  and Summer Hill, Mitchell Highway
  • Streetscape Element Restoration
    154  Moulder Street and 78 Kite Street (Orange Public School)

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 2019 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 Orange local government area
  • 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, Thursday 11 April 2019. Nomination forms and more information is available from the Customer Service Counter at the Orange Civic Centre, Orange City Library or from the Orange City Council web site,

Judging will be held in April and the awards presentation will be held at Duntryleague Golf Club on Friday 10 May 2019 from 5.30pm.

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