Submissions invited for inaugural Greater Sydney Planning Awards

21 Sep 2016
Media Release | Bold city making will be celebrated and recognised with the first Greater Sydney Planning Awards launched across six categories, Greater Sydney Commission Chief Executive Sarah Hill announced today.

“The Greater Sydney Planning Awards were initiated by the Greater Sydney Commission to celebrate best practice and showcase leading examples of city making,” Ms Hill said.

“In addition, the awards will assist in promoting good practice leading to better quality design and more liveable communities, while improving the profile and recognising the value of planning.

The six award categories are:

  • Project team of the year
  • Great community led project
  • Great new place to live and/ or work
  • Great integrated planning project
  • Great plan
  • The Chief Commissioner’s Award for Research and Innovation.

“The Commission encourages entries from large and small projects from communities, professionals and industry. Entries should demonstrate innovative thinking and address the Commission’s key values based on productivity, liveability and sustainability.”

Ms Hill said since opening the doors in January, the Commissioners had made it a priority to get to know the rich and diverse communities and places across Greater Sydney.

“The Greater Sydney Commission has also engaged with a wide range of stakeholders and communities in moving towards developing the strategic basis on which to guide Sydney’s growth and future,” she said.

“Since June, the Commission has engaged with more than 7,500 people as part of research to help inform the draft District Plans, which will be available for public comment at the end of the year. This includes in face-to-face meetings with senior council and other government representatives, members of peak interest groups, business groups, school students and out in the community.

“We look forward to receiving some great examples of the terrific work that is being done across Greater Sydney.”

Nominations are invited from local authorities, developers, consultants, community groups, public agencies, partnerships and other teams and must be from across Greater Sydney and substantially completed in the previous 12 months.

The nominated project can be from the proponent or be nominated by another individual, group or body. The team award can be self-nominated or nominated by another party.

Entries should address the objectives of the Greater Sydney Commission and demonstrate how they meet the specific criteria for each award category.

Entries will be expected to address the objectives of the Greater Sydney Commission, demonstrating how they support any or all of the following:

  • Integration of social, economic and environmental considerations with regard to the principles of ecologically sustainable development
  • The alignment of government infrastructure decision-making with land use planning
  • The supply of housing, including affordable housing
  • Encouraging development that is resilient and takes into account natural hazards
  • The ongoing improvement in productivity, liveability and environmental quality and
  • Increased opportunity for public involvement and participation in environmental planning and assessment in the Greater Sydney Region.

Nominations will close at COB on 18 November 2016.

The Awards ceremony will take place in February 2017.

Submissions should be addressed to:

Jonathan Saavedra,
Greater Sydney Planning Awards,
GPO Box 257,
Parramatta NSW 2150.

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