9 May 2012 – Queensland planning projects swept the field at the 2012 Planning Institute of Australia Awards for Planning Excellence in Adelaide on 1 May winning eight of the 12 awards.
A 20 year urban renewal project for Brisbane, a scheme addressing community dysfunction caused by the mining boom, and a plan to make cities child and youth friendly took honours.
General manager, land use planning at the Queensland Reconstruction Authority Brendan Nelson was also judged inaugural Australian planner of the year for his leadership in reconstruction programs after the state’s summer disasters.
The judges said Mr Nelson’s outstanding contribution and leadership including the preparation of legislation, provided significant support to the Queensland community and raised the profile of planning in a positive way.
Through Mr Nelson’s leadership the Authority had achieved remarkable results since it was formally established on 21 February 2011, they said.
The land use planning team had led the Grantham Development Scheme, the Far North Queensland Guidelines, the Floodplain Management Guidelines and the Electrical Guidelines in addition to managing numerous other red tape cutting projects across government.
A project designed by Queensland’s Urban Land Development Authority, “Engaging in the Cauldron – Blackwater and Moranbah”, won the public engagement and community planning award.
The judges noted the project showcased the value of effective community engagement in regional mining communities leading to the development of practical housing guidelines and solutions.
Brisbane City Council’s program, Urban Renewal Brisbane – 20 years won the From Plan to Place award for managing and revitalising Brisbane’s inner city areas.
Judges said the project was a clear demonstration of a long term vision being delivered in partnership with the private sector and the community over two decades.
The project, Child and Youth Friendly City, won the award for best planning. The project team of Redland City Council, Griffith University, designer Laurel Johnson and Play Environment Consulting showed how planning and design of the built environment should consider young people with exercise at the centre of child and youth happiness.
Other major winners were:
• Hall of Fame award, James Colman. NSW.
• Outstanding achievement by a young planner, Angela Forrest, Tasmania.
• Cutting Edge Research and Teaching Award, project team led by Professor Tony Hall, Griffith University, Queesnland, The Life and Death of the Australian Backyard.
• Hard Won Victory Award, Broome North, WA.
• Great Place Award, Juniper Gardens WA..
• Outstanding Student Achievement Award: Jessica Chatwin, Fiona Hannam, Rachel Daniels,Heather West, Lachlan McClure, Samantha Loxton, Queensland University of Technology.
• Improving Planning Processes and Practices Award, Pushing the Envelope , UDLA Certification, Procedures Manual. Queensland..