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Nominate for 2016 heritage awards

49 Mostyn St Castlemaine circa 1940s

Nominations open this week for the 2016 Mount Alexander Heritage Awards, which celebrate the efforts of individuals and groups who preserve our Shire's heritage.

Monday 11 January 2016

Mount Alexander Shire Council is calling for nominations for the 2016 Mount Alexander Heritage Awards.

The awards, which open this week, aim to celebrate and encourage heritage businesses within the Shire, and publicly acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of heritage owners, community groups and champions.

Deputy Mayor and Chair of the Mount Alexander Shire Heritage Advisory Committee, Cr Sharon Telford, said the awards are a wonderful opportunity to recognise the important heritage work throughout the Shire.

“We are extremely lucky to have some exceptional heritage buildings throughout the Shire. They bring so much character to our towns and help attract visitors and residents alike.

“There are many active groups and individuals working hard to preserve our built heritage and the awards are a great way to recognise their efforts,” said Cr Telford.

A new category has been added to recognise the work of owners, traders and tenants who preserve and restore historic commercial spaces.

The six categories are:
• Creative reuse and contemporary design in a heritage place
• Incorporation of sustainability principles in heritage restoration/adaptation
• Specialist heritage trade skills (sponsored by Pyrenees Quarries)
• Heritage advocacy
• Adaptation and conservation of historic commercial spaces
(sponsored by Maldon and District Community Bank)
• Restoration of a heritage place

Individuals or groups can self-nominate or nominate others. Nominations open on Friday 15 January and close on Friday 4 March.

Mount Alexander Heritage Awards acknowledges its sponsors, Pyrenees Quarries and Maldon and District Community Bank.

To learn more or to make a nomination visit www.mountalexanderheritageawards.com.au.

IMAGE: 49 Mostyn Street, Castlemaine, circa 1940s.

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