Planz Town Planning director Nikki Huddy has been named as the winner of the 2019 Queensland Outstanding Women in Planning Award.
In announcing the award, the Planning Institute of Australia described Ms Huddy as passionate public voice for planning in regional communities.
The Cairns businesswoman features on local radio programs, where residents seek answers on planning matters, and has a bi-monthly column that discusses contemporary planning challenges in ‘Tropic Now’ magazine.
Last year she initiated the 2018 DSDMIP Innovation and Improvement Fund project to improve statutory planning for 15 Aboriginal Councils and co-facilitated the Urban Thinkers Campus as part of The New Urban Agenda (UN-Habitat).
The UTC was undertaken in collaboration with JCU and the Townsville and Cairns City Councils – and won the QPIA Public Engagement and Community Planning award.
In addition to participating in the PIA Mentoring program, Hs Huddy provided three paid student planning work placements to JCU students and is a foundational (voluntary) member of JCU’s Tropical Urbanism Design Lab – of industry, government and academics dedicated to finding solutions to urban challenges faced by tropical communities.
In 2018, she also supported the elevation of two female PIA Fellows and the successful nomination of a female for Queensland Planner of the year.