National planning awards celebrate professional achievement

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Thomas Gardiner MPIA.

Thomas Gardiner MPIA. Image: courtesy of PIA

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Gary White MPIA (Life Fellow).

Gary White MPIA (Life Fellow). Image: courtesy of PIA

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Paul Shanahan, Future Bayswater.

Paul Shanahan, Future Bayswater. Image: courtesy of PIA

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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.

Three of the award categories celebrate professional achievement. The Planner of the Year Award recognizes a planner who provides visionary leadership, the Young Planner of the Year Award recognizes outstanding contribution or achievement by a young planner, and the Planning Champion Award recognizes a non-planner involved in promoting good planning or the planning profession to the public.

Planner of the Year

Award: Gary White MPIA (Life Fellow) (NSW)

Jury comment: The judges commended Mr White on his contributions as NSW Chief Planner, his tireless promotion of strategic planning and planning excellence, and his willingness to mentor young planners.

Commendation: Malcolm Griffin MPIA (QLD)

Young Planner of the Year

Award: Thomas Gardiner MPIA (QLD)

Jury comment: The judges commented on the quality of Mr Gardiner’s lateral thinking and his ability to forge effective professional relationships in an often-challenging regional planning environment.

Commendation: Brad McCormack MPIA (SA)

Planning Champion

Award: Paul Shanahan, Future Bayswater (WA)

Jury comment: The judges lauded Mr Shanahan for his role in developing a positive community model for gaining public permission and galvanising community support for planning initiatives.

Click here to view all of the award categories.

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