Isaac Regional Council has been named overall winner in the 2020 Queensland Awards for Planning Excellence.
The council’s regional planning scheme and coastal planning provisions project, developed in conjunction with Ethos Urban and Cardno, was recognised at the Planning Institute of Australia awards ceremony in Brisbane recently.
The PIA judges said the council deserved recognition for both producing an outstanding planning scheme and working hard to turn around initial concern over the consultation process.
“Isaac’s project had created an outstanding and contemporary policy for the community in the face of significant backlash and a tide of growing discontent for the process,” they said.
“Its greatest achievement has been how the council and consultants have completely turned around soured relationships with the community, which as most planners will tell you is possibly the most difficult situation that a project can ever be put in.
“The way in which the team acknowledged where consultation and messages could have been done better and started over to re-establish trust, understanding and acceptance in a vocal community is outstanding and serves as an important case study for other local governments across the state.”
The full list of award recipients included:
- Overall Winner – awarded to Isaac Regional Council, Ethos Urban and Cardno, for the Isaac Region Planning Scheme and Coastal Planning Provisions
- Young Planner of the Year (the Robert Swider Memorial Award) – awarded to Daniel Krause
- Planning Champion Award – awarded to Daniel Gore QC
- Wendy Chadwick Encouragement Award – awarded to Bundaberg Regional Council for the Burnett Heads Town Centre Local Plan
- From Plan to Place Award – awarded to Brisbane City Council and HSW Nominees for Howard Smith Wharves
- Hard Won Victory Award – awarded to Isaac Regional Council, Ethos Urban and Cardno, for the Isaac Region Planning Scheme and Coastal Planning Provisions
- Improving Planning Processes and Practices – commendation to Sunshine Coast Council for Environment and Liveability Strategy
- Healthy Active by Design Award (with the Heart Foundation) – awarded to Logan City Council for the Slacks Creek Greenlink, with a commendation to Mirvac for Bim’bimba Park
- Public Engagement and Community Planning Award – Sunshine Coast Council for the Sunshine Coast Community Strategy – Building a Stronger Community Together
- Best Planning Ideas (Large Project) Award – ARUP Australia Pty Ltd and Torres Cape Indigenous Council Alliance Inc. for the Cape, Torres and Gulf Economic Opportunities Plan, with a commendation to Hassell and Townsville Hospital and Health Service for the Townsville University Hospital Master Plan
- Best Planning Ideas (Small Project) Award – awarded to Place Design Group for the Latrobe and Given Terraces Place Strategy and activation
- Cutting Edge Research and Teaching Award – commendation to Tropical Urbanism and Design Lab at James Cook University with CA Architects, LA3 Landscape Architecture and TPG Architects for the Tropical Design Studio: Strategic Concept Masterplans for Northern Queensland Country Towns
- Outstanding Student Project (University) Award – awarded to Jesse Marnock from James Cook University for the Sustainable Indigenous Livelihoods Conceptual Framework, with a commendation to Tristan Turner from the University of the Sunshine Coast for the Value of Urban Design
- Outstanding Student Project (Secondary) Award –awarded to Hayden Zulijan from St Laurence’s College for Planning for Sustainability in Brisbane’s Suburbs: a Recommendation for the Vacant Site at 15 Greendale Way, Carindale, with a commendation to Emma Goffin from Wavell State High School for Population Challenges Samford Valley.