Winners announced for inaugural Greater Sydney Planning Awards

24 Feb 2017
Media Release | The Greater Sydney Commission tonight announced the six winners of the inaugural Greater Sydney Planning Awards, highlighting excellence in planning.

The Minister for Planning, Anthony Roberts and Chief Commissioner Lucy Turnbull AO, presented the awards, praising the high standard of entries and level of innovation they demonstrated.

“Planning is a profession that doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves,” Mr Roberts said.

“By promoting best practice through these Awards, we hope to see even higher standards and expectations in planning.  We want to drive world class planning in this great city and foster innovation, creativity and excellence.”

Ms Turnbull said, “The Greater Sydney Planning Awards celebrate innovative, bold city making projects and we’re delighted at the large number of entries we received.

“We were very impressed at the high quality of the entries and would like to congratulate all of the winners.  Their projects represent the best in good planning practice that leads to better quality design and more liveable communities.”

The six award categories winners were:

Project Team of the Year – Telopea Master Planning Team, NSW Land and Housing Corporation with City of Parramatta and Transport for NSW

The Telopea Master Planning Team has set a high standard for a collaborative team working within the community, across government and specialist organisations. The project team has considered the ongoing sensitivities of the local community and produced a comprehensive, well considered and accessible master plan that addresses the key values of the local community. The judging panel considered this well-presented nomination to be an excellent and unique way of looking at housing mix and one that shows a way forward for future projects.

Great Community Led Project – Creating the GreenWay - Inner West Council

The GreenWay is a 5.5km sustainable transport and urban environmental corridor in Sydney’s inner west.  A defining feature of the GreenWay program is that it is driven by the inner west community in collaboration with inner west councils. This unique level of community leadership and engagement is one of the principle reasons why the GreenWay vision and program has endured for 15 years. The judges assessed that this project provides a collaborative model which has sustained itself over many years and serves to guide other potential projects.

Great New Place to live and/or Work – Central Park - JBA

Central Park is a mixed-use residential and retail precinct, located on Broadway, Chippendale. Key features of the project which the judging panel highlighted included

significant investment, innovation and leadership in ‘green’ and sustainable technology and a  comprehensive consultation program throughout key stages of the project to encourage public participation and ensure the local community had a voice in the future development of the site.

Great Integrated Planning Project – Westmead Redevelopment, NSW Health – Health Infrastructure Team, with Westmead precinct partners

Westmead is one of the largest health, education and research precincts in Australia and a key provider of jobs for the Greater Parramatta and Western Sydney region. In 2016 the precinct partners funded and were actively engaged in the development of the Westmead economic study to help promote the precinct and demonstrate its economic, social and strategic importance to Western Sydney. The judges highlighted in particular a commitment to developing a future vision for the precinct and the integration of the health precinct with other elements, looking outside current boundaries to develop a fully integrated urban centre.

Great Plan – K2K Urban Design Competition – Kensington and Kingsford Town Centres – Randwick City Council

The K2K competition was a highly successful and original precinct-planning process that was instrumental in generating a new conversation about the future of the precinct, encouraging new ideas within a framework of robust planning and community involvement.  New approaches to consultation successfully broadened the public conversation about the future of the precinct, engaging the community to help develop the competition brief, and provide feedback on the entries.

The Chief Commissioner’s Award for Research and Innovation - Housing Supply Outcomes from Codification in Sydney –  Keiran Thomas, Henry Halloran Trust,  University of Sydney

Sydney-wide complying development provisions for granny flats have been in place for eight years. This project models the lot size and zoning rules proposed in the November 2015 Missing Middle Discussion Paper to analyse how many lots in Sydney would hypothetically be eligible for multi-dwelling housing as complying development. It highlights the importance of linking the complying development criteria to local zoning objectives and permissibility so that planners keep control over strategic planning for residential density. This research project is very timely. There is good use and presentation of data and this very valuable research is a significant contribution to the ongoing planning for future housing.

Five commendations were also awarded in the following categories:

Project Team of the Year – The City Strategy Unit, City of Parramatta Council

The City of Parramatta, over a number of years, has delivered, led and partnered with others, to produce a body of city planning and city shaping projects which are truly of metropolitan significance. The City Strategy Unit has provided much of the leadership for this work.  This work has influenced and informed significant NSW Government policy decisions and the direction of metropolitan planning for Sydney. 

Great Community Led Project – Blacktown City Council’s Fishing Bat Project

Conducted in partnership with state government agencies and departments, community groups and local residents, the project sought to investigate the threatened fishing bat, as an indicator of water quality in local creeks and waterways. Judges agreed that Blacktown City Council’s innovative project provides a future benchmark for other organisations passionate about involving their communities in ecologically sustainable actions.

Great Integrated Planning Project – Washington Park

Washington Park is a 3.5 hectare integrated urban renewal project in Riverwood, combining a mix of social and private housing.  The judges considered this project a model for delivery of housing mix within an urban renewal site, demonstrating the significance of well-considered community initiatives. 

Great Integrated Planning Project – Lindfield Village Hub

Lindfield Village Hub is envisaged as a catalyst project to drive investment, growth and social energy that will transform the suburban centre of Lindfield into a dynamic urban village. Pro-active planning by Ku-ring-gai Council, together with SJB Urban and Transport for NSW, has created a commercially attractive proposal to be delivered through a public private partnership. The judges noted the project represents a significant local shift in community attitudes to collaborative planning.

Great Plan – Activate Ku-ring-gai

Activate Ku-ring-gai is an ambitious program of urban renewal and transformation created and led by Ku-ring-gai Council, with SJB Urban, CHROFI and Transport for NSW. The aim is to revitalise the local centres of Turramurra, St Ives, Gordon, Pymble, Lindfield and Roseville. The program involves community engagement and collaboration at multiple levels ranging from community and stakeholders, property industry, councillors and NSW Government, and has garnered unrivalled support for the projects. The judges commended Ku-ring-gai Council on their innovative approach to engagement which serves as a model for other centres.

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