Nov 17, 2018

Pinnacle of planning talent recognised

Pinnacle of planning talent recognised Dr Sharon Harwood with John Adams, Ipswich City Council.

Cairns-based planner Sharon Harwood and the Hinchinbrook Shire Council were among the winners at the 2018 Planning Institute of Australia’s (PIA) Annual Awards for Queensland.

The awards recognise and acknowledge quality, innovation and excellence in planning and showcase the best Queensland offers across the full range of planning disciplines and sectors.

The overall winner was the interactive educational tool, Serious Urban Play, designed by a team from the Sunshine Coast University, while Dr Sharon Harwood and Matthew Leman were named Planner of the Year and Young Planner of the year respectively.

Dr Harwood was recognised for her commitment to advancing planning for indigenous people and regional communities and her advocacy efforts involving research, presentations at conferences, preparation of policy papers, development of tertiary level coursework, assisting Aboriginal corporations, mentoring and volunteer work.

She is an adjunct researcher with James Cook University and Charles Darwin University, Chair of the Tropical North Queensland branch of the Planning Institute of Australia and the President of Shelter Action Housing Cairns (SHAC).

Mr Leman received his award following his outstanding contributions to the planning profession in 2018, which include delivering the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning’s ‘Technique Options Matrix’ or ‘Ask TOM’, web application which has improved planning practices and is now part of their Community Engagement Toolkit.

Hinchinbrook Shire Council won the Best Planning Ideas – Small Project category for a new development app and the Toowoomba Region Flood Management – Safer Stronger, More Resilient Region project, initiated after the December 2010 and January 2011 flood events. earned the Hard Won Victory Award.

For the full list of award winners, see below:

Planner of the Year Award Dr Sharon Harwood RPIA (Fellow)
Young Planner of the Year (Robert Swider Memorial Award) Matthew Leman PIA (Assoc.)
The Hard Won Victory Award Toowoomba Region Flood Management – Safer, Stronger, More Resilient Region Toowoomba Regional Council
Outstanding Student Project – University Eight Mile Plains Strategic Plan Synthia Pagiela, Melanie Singleton, Jonathan Austin, Tyrah Zarafa, Nur Afiqah Naquiyyah Binti Ali – Queensland University of Technology
Outstanding Student Project – Secondary Report into traffic management at Stuartholme School Grace Gaston – Stuartholme School
Best Planning Ideas – Small Project Hinchinbrook Flood App Hinchinbrook Shire Council, Milford Planning, GP One Consulting
Best Planning Ideas – Large Project Oxley Creek Transformation Master Plan Lat27, Oxley Creek Transformation Pty Ltd, Jacobs, Deloitte, Designflow, Hydrobiology, University of Queensland Cultural Heritage Unit
Improving Planning Processes and Practices Award Simplifying Offset Delivery City of Gold Coast – Environment Planning Major Projects Team, and the Natural Areas Management Unit
Public Engagement & Community Planning Award Urban Thinkers Campus – Urban Health & Livability in Tropical Australia James Cook University, Planz Town Planning, Milford Planning
The Great Place Award Flowstate South Bank Corporation
Cutting Edge Research and Teaching Award Gamification of Planning Education: A co-operative multi-player game for urban planning education Nicholas Stevens, Johanna Rosier, Nicholas Hansen, Christian Jones, Uwe Terton, Ben Rolfe – University of the Sunshine Coast
Wendy Chadwick Encouragement Award Burnett Catchment Flood Resilience Strategy Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils (Bundaberg Regional Council, Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council, North Burnett Regional Council, South Burnett Regional Council), Queensland Reconstruction Authority
Overall Winner Gamification of Planning Education: A co-operative multi-player game for urban planning education Nicholas Stevens, Johanna Rosier, Nicholas Hansen, Christian Jones, Uwe Terton, Ben Rolfe – University of the Sunshine Coast

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