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Cumberland Local Heritage Awards and Local Rebate Program

Cumberland Council's heritage programs consist of the Cumberland Local Heritage Awards and the Cumberland Local Heritage Rebate Program.

Applications for the Cumberland Local Heritage Awards and Rebate Program open on Wednesday, 1 May 2019 and close on Friday, 14 June 2019.

Cumberland Local Heritage Awards

The Cumberland Local Heritage Awards seeks to recognise the work undertaken by owners of heritage properties, to involve and educate school children about local history and heritage, and to promote the value and benefit of heritage to the local community,

There are six categories within the Local Heritage Awards, details of each, how to apply and prizes are listed as follows.

Category 1 - Best maintained heritage property

This category recognises the work of property owners to maintain and enhance the appearance of a heritage property.

Entry and assessment criteria

  • The property generally presents well to the street and is well maintained.
  • The property shows no visible signs of deterioration when viewed from the street.
  • The property has a well-maintained garden that complements the dwelling.
  • The maintenance of the property enhances its character and charm.
  • The property adds value to the character of the street.

How to apply

  1. Fill in the nomination form for Category 1 (PDF, 182.44 KB)
  2. Ensure that the property is privately owned.
  3. Ensure that the property is currently listed on one of the following: the Holroyd Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2013, Auburn LEP 2010 or Parramatta LEP 2011; and that it is located within the Cumberland Local Government Area (LGA).
  4. Obtain permission from the landowner to nominate the property.
  5. Include photos of the property with the nomination - This is a mandatory requirement.
  6. Obtain the landowner’s permission for judges to view the property from the street and allow Council officers to take a photo of the property from the street.

How entries will be judged

Judging will be undertaken by the Cumberland Heritage Committee. The judging process will be as follows:

  • Assess each nomination submitted with each standard nomination form including submitted photos and other information.
  • View properties from the street (optional).
  • Allocate a score out of ten for each of the assessment criteria.
  • Total the scores for each entry, the entry with the highest score is identified as the Awards Category Winner.
  • Present scores to Council’s Group Manager, Planning to confirm the Awards Category winner.

Prizes

The winning entrant in this category will receive a Bronze plaque and framed certificate.

Category 2 - Restoration and development (including adaptive re-use)

This category recognises work done to restore or develop a heritage property to highlight and enhance its appearance. This includes the adaptive re-use of a heritage item which respects its heritage characteristics.

Entry and assessment criteria

  • The restoration/adaptive reuse works have significantly enhanced the character and charm of the property.
  • The restoration/adaptive reuse works are sympathetic to its heritage significance.
  • The restored/developed property presents well to the street.
  • The restoration/ adaptive reuse works have removed any visible signs of deterioration when viewed from the street.
  • The restoration/ adaptive reuse works provide visible evidence of the owner’s commitment to the preservation of heritage.

How to apply

  1. Fill in the nomination form for Category 2 (PDF, 184.69 KB)
  2. Ensure that the property is privately owned.
  3. Ensure that the property is currently listed on one of the following: the Holroyd LEP 2013, Auburn LEP 2010 or Parramatta LEP 2011; and that it is located within the Cumberland LGA.
  4. Obtain the permission of the landowner to nominate a property.
  5. Obtain the landowner’s permission for judges to view the property from the street and allow Council officers to take a photo of the property from the street.
  6. Provide details of the restoration/development/ adaptive reuse work carried out on the property - This is a mandatory requirement.
  7. Provide photos showing before restoration and after restoration/ adaptive reuse works - This is a mandatory requirement.
  8. Ensure that all restoration/ adaptive reuse works nominated were carried out within the last two years.

How entries will be judged

Judging will be undertaken by the Cumberland Heritage Committee. The judging process will be as follows:

  1. Assess each nomination submitted with each standard nomination form, submitted photos and other information.
  2. View properties from the street (optional).
  3. Allocate a score out of ten for each of the assessment criteria.
  4. Total the scores for each entry, the entry with the highest score is identified as the Awards Category Winner.
  5. Present scores to Council’s Group Manager, Planning to confirm the Awards Category Winner.

Prizes

The winning entrant in this category will receive a Bronze plaque and framed certificate.

Category 3 - HistoResearch: researching our local history

This category invites individuals or groups/organisations to research an item, person, event or place of local history and reflect on the National Trust Heritage Festival theme of that year. The research may be presented in either a written text form such as an essay or poetry; or visual art form such as photographic / digital, mixed media or other works. The research may include heritage studies, archaeological preservation, or any other effort in the heritage field.

Entry and assessment criteria

  • The work makes a substantial contribution towards preserving, enhancing, interpreting or highlighting Cumberland’s heritage.
  • The individual or group has made an extraordinary effort with regards to heritage.
  • The work raises awareness and understanding of Cumberland’s heritage.
  • The work displays an outstanding appreciation of heritage.

How to apply

  1. Fill in the nomination form for Category 3 (PDF, 259.55 KB)
  2. Submit the nominated work or details of the work with the completed nomination form.
  3. Ensure that the nominee is at least 14 years of age.
  4. Ensure that the work is related to an element of Cumberland’s history and heritage.
  5. Ensure that the owner of the work has given permission for the work to be nominated for this award.
  6. Ensure that only one entry is submitted per person or organisation (i.e. historical society, research group, etc.).
  7. Ensure that the content demonstrates an element of primary research, that the content is the original work of the entrant, and that any information sources are appropriately referenced.

How entries will be judged

Judging will be undertaken by the Cumberland Heritage Committee. The judging process will be as follows:

1. Assess work submitted with each standard nomination form.
2. Allocate a score out of ten for each of the assessment criteria (as listed above).
3. Total the scores for each entry, the entry with the highest score is identified as the Awards Category Winner.
4. The Cumberland Heritage Committee may only award an entry as the winner if it is considered to be of a high standard and meets all the conditions of entry and category criteria.
5. Present the scores to Council’s Group Manager, Planning to confirm the Awards Category winner.

Prizes

The winning entrant in this category will have a choice of one of the following two prizes valued up to $1,000.

  • Accommodation for 1 night at one of three pre-determined heritage listed properties in the Blue Mountains and framed certificate or
  • Bridgeclimb Sydney gift voucher for three people and three tickets for a walking tour of The Rocks Sydney, and framed certificate.

Category 4 - Keeper of the stone (children’s heritage award)

This category is for primary school children, ran as a colouring-in-competition encouraging them to learn about, and be involved in, local heritage.

The category comprises two Divisions, being:

  • Division 1 comprising Kindergarten to Grade 2 inclusive.
  • Division 2 comprising Grade 3 to Grade 4 inclusive.

A winner is selected from each Division. Of those Division winners, one will be determined as the overall winner of the Category, and the other as the runner-up of the Category.

Entry and assessment criteria

  • The work presented is creative and innovative.
  • The work provides original insight into what “heritage” means to Cumberland’s young residents.
  • The work highlights the character and spirit of the Cumberland LGA.
  • The work displays an appreciation of heritage.
  • The work contributes to Council’s understanding of the views of our young residents regarding “heritage”.

How to apply

  1. Fill in the entry form for Category 4 (PDF, 383.83 KB) and colour in the stencil image (PDF, 107.35 KB).
  2. Submit the nominated work with the completed entry form.
  3. Ensure that the owner of the work has given permission for the work to be nominated for this award.
  4. Ensure that owners of the works submitted are in Kindergarten to Grade 4.

How entries will be judged

Twenty entries will be shortlisted from each Division. Shortlisting of entries will be undertaken by Council Officers within the Strategic Planning Unit.

Judging of the shortlisted entries will be undertaken by the Cumberland Heritage Committee. The judging process will be as follows:

  1. Assess work submitted with each standard entry form.
  2. Each member from the Cumberland Heritage Committee votes for the top five (5) entries of each Division.
  3. Tally the votes received for the entries of each Division. The entry in each division with the most votes is declared the winner. Where an equal number of votes are received by two or more entries in a Division, the members are to agree the winning entry.
  4. With reference to the winning entry of each division only, the members must then agree the overall winner of the Category with the other division winner being the runner-up of the Category.
  5. Present the Award Category Winner and Runner-up to Council’s Group Manager, Planning to confirm the Award Category Winner and Runner-up.

Prizes

Overall Winner

  • To care for the Cumberland Heritage Stone for 12 months.
  • $150 book gift voucher.
  • Framed certificate.

Overall Runner-Up

  • $150 book gift voucher.
  • Framed certificate.

Category 5 - Writing competition

This category is for upper primary school children in grades 5 and 6 to learn about, be involved in, and reflect on what heritage means to them. The category is run as a writing competition with a theme based on the National Trust Heritage Festival for that year. Entries may be either fiction (e.g. short stories) or non-fiction (e.g. essays) with a maximum word limit of 700 words.

Entry and assessment criteria

  • The work presented is creative and innovative (for fiction entries) or the work reflects evidence of research and thinking (for non-fiction entries).
  • The work provides original insight into what “heritage” means to Cumberland’s young residents currently studying in grades 5 and 6.
  • The work highlights the character and spirit of the Cumberland LGA.
  • The work contributes to Council’s understanding of the views of our young residents regarding “heritage”.
  • The work adheres to the stipulated word limit.

How to apply

  1. Fill in the entry form for Category 5 (PDF, 260.09 KB)
  2. Submit the work with the completed entry form.
  3. Ensure that the nominee is currently in grade 5 or 6.
  4. Ensure that the work is related to an element of Cumberland’s history and heritage.
  5. Ensure that the work adheres to the stipulated word limit.
  6. Ensure that the owner of the work has given permission for the work to be submitted for this award.
  7. Only one entry is permitted per student.
  8. Submission must demonstrate that the content is the original work of the entrant.

How entries will be judged

Judging of the entries will be undertaken by the Cumberland Heritage Committee. The judging process will be as follows:

  1. Assess work submitted with each standard entry form.
  2. Each member of the Cumberland Heritage Committee allocates a score out of ten for the assessment criteria.
  3. Total all judges’ scores for each entry. The entry with the highest total score is declared the winner. Where an equal score is received by two or more entries, the members are to agree the winning entry.
  4. The Judge/s may only award an entry as the winner if it is considered to be of a high standard and meets all the conditions of entry and category criteria.
  5. Present the Award Category Winner and Runner-up to Council’s Group Manager, Planning to confirm the Award Category Winner and Runner-up.

Prizes

  • Winner: $200 book gift voucher and framed certificate.
  • Overall Runner-up: $100 book gift voucher and framed certificate.

Category 6 - Artwork competition

This category is for primary school and high school students within the Cumberland Local Government Area to engage and encourage students to learn about, and be involved in, local heritage. This category is for a group entry and is run as an artwork competition with a theme based on the National Trust Heritage Festival for that year.

The category comprises two Divisions, being:

  • Division 1: Kindergarten to Grade 6 -Primary school students
  • Division 2: Grade 7 to Grade 12 - Primary school students

Artwork can include drawings, paintings, collages, computer graphics or stylised photographs. Entries can reference real events (either historical or current), buildings and places, well known public figures from present day or from history, and historical eras.

Entries can be submitted in either soft copy (electronic) or hardcopy (physical) format. The work should adhere to the maximum stipulated size of A3. Any digital designs must be a minimum of 300dpi. Any text should be legible from a distance and easy distinguishable from background colours.

Multiple entries per class may be submitted. Multiple entries from one school will be accepted.

Entry and assessment criteria

  • The work presented is creative and innovative.
  • The work provides an original insight into what “heritage” means to Cumberland’s young residents.
  • The work highlights the character and spirit of the Cumberland LGA.
  • The work displays an appreciation of heritage.
  • The work contributes to Council’s understanding of the views of our young residents regarding “heritage”.
  • The work adheres to the stipulated size and resolution requirements.

How to apply

  1. Fill in the entry form for Category 6 (PDF, 264.34 KB).
  2. Submit the work with the completed entry form.
  3. Ensure that the work is related to an element of Cumberland’s history and heritage.
  4. Ensure that the work adheres to the stipulated size and resolution requirements.
  5. Ensure that the content demonstrates originality.

How entries will be judged

Judging of entries will be undertaken by the Cumberland Heritage Committee. The judging process will be as follows:

  1. Assess work submitted with each standard entry form.
  2. Each member of the Cumberland Heritage Committee allocates a score out of ten for each of the assessment criteria.
  3. Each member will then vote for the best entry of each Division.
  4. Tally the votes received for the entries of each Division. The entry in each division with the most votes is declared the winner. Where an equal number of votes are received by two or more entries in a Division, the members are to agree the winning entry.
  5. The Judge/s may only award an entry as the winner if it is considered to be of a high standard and meets all the conditions of entry and category criteria.
  6. Present the Award Category Division 1 and 2 Winners to Council’s Group Manager, Planning to confirm the Award Category Winners.

Prizes

  • Division 1 Kindergarten to Grade 6 - Winner: $400 book gift voucher and framed certificate.
  • Division 2 Grade 7 to Grade 12 -  Winner: $400 book gift voucher and framed certificate.

How to submit your Heritage Awards Nomination

All entries in the Cumberland Local Heritage Awards must be accompanied by an official entry form for the specific category.

Full guidelines and entry forms for the Awards are also available at the Auburn Service Centre at 1 Susan Street Auburn and the Merrylands Service Centre at 16 Memorial Avenue Merrylands and all Council Libraries.

Please send your completed nomination form and supporting documents to

The General Manager, Cumberland Council. Attn. Strategic Planning via:

Email

Only entries to categories 1, 2, 3 and 5 can be emailed. Entries for categories 4 and 6 will need to be either posted or hand delivered.

Email: council@cumberland.nsw.gov.au - Subject Line: Heritage Awards Program Application – Attn Strategic Planning. 

Post or hand deliver

Subject Line: Heritage Awards Program Application – Attn Strategic Planning. 

Post: PO Box 42, Merrylands NSW 2160 Attn.

Hand Deliver: Auburn Service Centre at 1 Susan Street, Auburn or Merrylands Service Centre at 16 Memorial Avenue, Merrylands


Cumberland Local Heritage Rebate Program

The Cumberland Local Heritage Rebate Program is to assist and encourage private owners of heritage listed properties, and of properties within listed heritage conservation areas, within the Cumberland local government area to undertake positive works that will improve the appearance of these properties.

heritage house

Applications for the Rebate Program must be accompanied by an official application form and include the supporting documentation as specified on the application form and brochure. Further information on the Rebate Program and the application form can be obtained from the Auburn Service Centre at 1 Susan Street, Auburn and the Merrylands Service Centre at 16 Memorial Avenue, Merrylands; at all Council libraries; and using the links below:

How to submit your Local Heritage Rebate Application

Please send your completed application form and supporting documents to

The General Manager, Cumberland Council. Attn. Strategic Planning via:

Email

Email: council@cumberland.nsw.gov.au - Subject Line: Heritage Rebate Program Application – Attn Strategic Planning. 

Post or hand deliver

Subject Line: Heritage Rebate Program Application– Attn Strategic Planning. 

Post: PO Box 42, Merrylands NSW 2160

Hand Deliver: Auburn Service Centre at 1 Susan Street, Auburn or Merrylands Service Centre at 16 Memorial Avenue, Merrylands


Contact details

For enquires regarding the Cumberland Local Heritage Awards or the Cumberland Local Heritage Rebate Program, please contact Council on 8757 9000.