The 2018 National Awards for Planning Excellence, presented by the Planning Institute of Australia at a ceremony in Perth on 9 May 2018, awarded people and projects from around Australia for outstanding achievements in planning.
Two of the award categories celebrate exemplary places. The From Plan to Place Award recognizes the implementation of a plan into a successful place, while the Great Place Award recognizes a great place, street or neighbourhood in Australia.
From Plan to Place
Award: Collie CBD Revitalisation (WA)
Project team: Shire of Collie and Geoff Klem MPIA (Fellow)
Jury comment: The judges commented on the project’s positive and lasting impact on the social cohesion, civic pride, social interaction and identity of Collie.
Award: The Railway Lands (SA)
Project team: City of Mount Gambier
Jury comment: The judges applauded the council’s desire to actively involve the public in the project’s planning and implementation – a process they said had helped create a popular space delivering a range of economic, social, and environmental benefits.
Award: Elizabeth Quay (WA)
Project Team: Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority
Jury comment: The judges lauded the project for unlocking the potential of a significant area of riverfront land and transforming it into a dynamic entertainment and leisure destination for Perth that considers how the area might evolve over time and contribute positively to the economic and social development of the city.
Commendation: Hobart Waterfront Renewal (TAS)
Project Team: City of Hobart