Council receives planning excellence awards
  • Friday 14 December 2012

Sunshine Coast Council has been recognised for planning excellence by taking out four awards at the Planning Institute of Australia Queensland awards night.

Regional Planning Portfolio Councillor Russell Green said the awards are fantastic recognition of council’s outstanding planning achievements.

"This is a highly regarded industry awards program that’s critically judged and highly coveted," Councillor Green said.

"To take out four awards is a major achievement and I’m highly impressed that council’s dedication, professionalism and passion in planning for a better Coast has been recognised.

"Three of the awards were category winners as best in Queensland and will progress to the national Excellence in Planning Awards in 2013.

"Council works collaboratively with a number of partners to get excellent planning results and the four awards are testament to council’s ability to engage successfully with industry, government and community."

Here is what the judges had to say about the awards;

From Plan to Place Award - Kings Beach by Sunshine Coast Council, Cardno HRP, Gamble McKinnon Green and Guymer Bailey.

Implementation of the Kings Beach Development Control Plan and Master Plan demonstrates the importance of clear planning vision underpinned by strong community support and engagement to deliver a successful and memorable place. Planning framework and implementation plan to rejuvenate community spaces and activate commercial development with good open space and recreation outcomes. This project demonstrates that positive change has been accomplished through planning to deliver an outstanding destination on the Sunshine Coast.

Cutting Edge Research and Teaching Award - Infill Development for Older Australians in South East Queensland by Deicke Richards University of the Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Council, Churches of Christ in Queensland and the Urban Land Development Authority.

The judges were all impressed by the significance of this work in addressing a nationally important issue. As our population continues to age, the planning and design industry needs to actively and positively respond by delivering communities that allow for continued vibrancy and activation while appreciating the needs of the aged population. The work of the team shows this can be positively addressed and that through a unique and inclusive engagement process, the key stakeholders: older Australians, were able to provide their views.

Great Place Award - Noosa Junction Station by Translink, Bark Design Architects, Sinclair Knight Merz and Sunshine Coast Council.

The Noosa Junction Bus Station provides a combination of high quality architectural approach to a public transport utility, while at the same time providing for a significant gateway to the Junction entrance. It has assisted with the reinvigoration of the business at the eastern end of the Junction and contributes to the comfort and general experience of the travelling public.

Great Place Award - Kings Beach by Sunshine Coast Council, Cardno HRP, Gamble McKinnon Green and Guymer Bailey.

Upfront extensive project planning, recast the local focus for a south facing beach and connected a series of flexible and diverse public spaces for all to enjoy. Practical solutions such as improved access and car parking, changes to block depths have contributed to the emergence of the commercially viable realisation and injection of private development in this now popular destination. The vibrancy of the location continues to evolve and will continue to create a successful sense of place.