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 research and education. The Cutting Edge Research and Learning Award recognizes outstanding achievement in planning scholarship, research or teaching; and the Outstanding Student Project Award recognizes exemplary work by a student.
Cutting Edge Research and Teaching
Award: Urban Squeeze Radio Show (QLD)
Project team: Jason Byrne MPIA and Tony Matthews PIA (Assoc.) (Griffith University), Karin Adam and Matt Webber (ABC Radio, Gold Coast, 91.7FM
Jury comment: The judges believe the project presents a truly visionary and innovative approach to teaching methodologies, as well as a unique means of engagement with the
community on the value of planning.
Commendation: Social Cohesion in Bendigo: Understanding Community Attitudes to the Mosque in 2015 (VIC)
Project team: La Trobe University, Victorian Multicultural Commission
Outstanding Student Project
Award: Ella Rushforth (TAS)
Project: The Role of Land Use Planning in the Uptake of Urban Agriculture in Hobart, Tasmania
Jury comment: The judges believe Ella’s research makes a significant contribution to planning and development outcomes given the growing recognition of urban agriculture and its role in delivering sustainable futures, food security/sovereignty and urban amenity
Commendation: Sophia MacRae PIA (Assoc.) (SA)
Project: Sustaining a Strategy: Implementation of Bicycle Strategies by Local Governments in Australia
Commendation: Timothy Smith PIA (Assoc.) (NSW)
Project: Is the Last Plane Out of Sydney Almost Gone? Aviation and Regional Development in NSW