11 November 2013 — The winners of the 2013 NSW Awards for Excellence in Planning have been announced.

The President’s Award went to the Oran Park Town Greenfield Development Company and UrbanGrowth NSW for Oran Town Park Centre.

“The project exemplifies a collaborative approach between government and the private sector, which puts the community first,” said Sarah Hill, NSW president of the Planning Institute of Australia.

“The 2013 NSW Awards for Excellence in Planning are an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our profession” said Ms Hill.

“These awards give recognition to projects both large and small and to some of the many professionals who make a contribution each year.

“2013 has been a big year for planning where we have seen resurgence of growth in NSW and the beginnings of the journey to a new planning system for NSW.

“The nominations and the awards this year demonstrate the range of good work being done by the planning profession across New South Wales. From state government agencies to local councils and planning consultants, there have been a number of innovative and practical projects.”

Winners were:

  • President’s award: Oran Park Town Greenfield Development Company and UrbanGrowth NSW for Oran Town Park Centre
  • Planner of the year: Sean O’Toole FPIA
  • Outstanding student project: Laura Schmahmann for Regulating Urban Design: a comparative study of knockdown rebuild.
  • Public engagement and community planning: Transport for NSW for North West Rail – Stakeholder and Community Engagement?
  • Best planning ideas – small project: PLACE Design Group in conjunction with Warringah Council, Cardno, Godden Mackay Logan and Elton Consulting for Dee Why Town Centre Master Plan
  • Best planning ideas – large projects: NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure for Newcastle Urban Renewal Strategy
  • Improving planning processes and practices: Shellharbour City Council for Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Development Assessment Toolkit
  • Hard won victory: Daly International in conjunction with Ericsson for NBN Fixed Wireless Project
  • Cutting edge research and training: University of New South Wales Faculty of the Built Environment for Redfern Waterloo Urban Design Strategy
  • Planning for children and young people: Cred Community Planning in conjunction with Tweed Shire Council for Tweed Youth Strategy “Speak Out” Engagement
  • Outstanding achievement by a young planner: Tim Sneesby
  • Service to the Institute: Greg Woodhams FPIA CPP