A policy that increases development opportunities in Cairns while preserving the city’s identity as a “city in a rainforest” has taken out the top award at the Planning Institute of Australia’s (PIA) 2016 Queensland Awards for Planning Excellence.
“The study represents a significant contribution of tropical expertise that can be offered, transferred and adapted to suit the needs of other tropical cities. Cairns is defining itself as a leader worldwide in the area of tropical urbanism,” said PIA Queensland state president Todd Rohl.
In total, 13 entries across 15 categories were awarded at the 2016 Queensland Awards for Planning Excellence.
“We’ve been extremely impressed by the outstanding calibre of entries in this year’s awards, I am proud to say the awards continue to set the standard for planning excellence in Queensland,” Mr Rohl added.
The winners of the 2016 PIA Queensland Awards for Planning Excellence are:
Young Planner of the Year
(Robert Swider Memorial Award) – Julie Brook
Cutting Edge Research and Teaching
Mastering the Art of Planning: 100 Stories from Urban Planning Practice – Robin King-Cullen, Planning Secrets
Improving Planning Processes and Practices
Gold Coast Flora & Fauna Database – City of Gold Coast
Public Engagement and Community
Planning Clifton Township Concept Master Plan – Tract Consultants, Toowoomba Regional Council, Clifton State High School
Best Planning Ideas – Small Project
Tropical Urbanism – Cairns City Image Study – Cairns Regional Council, Tract Consultants, Follent, Peddle Thorp, CA Architects, Total Projects Group Architects
Best Planning Ideas - Large Project
Moreton Bay Region University Precinct – Moreton Bay Regional Council
From Plan to Place
Kwong Sang Walk – Toowoomba Regional Council, Dig It Landscapes, Place Design Group, Deicke Richards, Urbis
The Hard Won Victory
Loganholme Local Plan – Logan City Council
The Great Place Award
Beenleigh Town Square – Logan City Council
Planner of the Year
Outstanding Student Project – Secondary
Light Rail Investigation – Emma McIntyre, Mt St Michael’s College
Wendy Chadwick Encouragement Award
Wet Tropics Plan for People and Country – Terrain Natural Resource Management
The Exceptional Planning Achievement Award (Overall Award)
Tropical Urbanism - Cairns City Image Study – Cairns Regional Council, Tract Consultants, Follent, Peddle Thorp, CA Architects, Total Projects Group Architects
The PIA 2016 Queensland Awards for Planning Excellence were held on Friday 11 November.