26 July 2012 – Corgis, collies, chihuahuas, cocker spaniels, in fact all things canine, are the focus of the Planning Institute of Australia and the Petcare Information and Advisory Service’s 2012 “Pet Friendly Planning Awards”.

This award recognises planners whose work accommodates and encourages socially responsible pet ownership in Australia and this year focuses on best practice planning for Dogs and Public Open Space. The winner, who will be announced on World Town Planning Day in November, will also receive a $4000 travel grant and a $4000 stipend.

Their project will be presented at the 2013 PIA National Congress.

Entries will be judged by a panel of experts, including internationally renowned authority on public open space planning and author of Dogs in Public Open Space and Four Legs Four Walls, Virginia Jackson.