Sunshine Coast Council has again been recognised for its unique consultation and planning process for the PLACE+ Beerwah project, receiving the prestigious Award of Excellence for Planning in Landscape Architecture at the Australian Institute of Landscape Architect (AILA) awards.
The award follows council’s Towards Best Practice Award from the Place Leaders Association.
Place Management and Delivery Portfolio Councillor Greg Rogerson said the award recognised council’s exceptional approach to place making, consultation and planning in Beerwah.
“PLACE+ Beerwah was a unanimous choice of the AILA judges and this award is great recognition of council’s comprehensive approach to supporting the Beerwah community’s vision,” Cr Rogerson said.
“This project uses Place Making principles, a philosophy based on building better communities and creating better places to live by focusing on long term commitments to people, places and partnerships.”
Council’s community engagement in Beerwah culminated in a Community Action Plan and a Council Action Plan. The Council Action Plan includes delivery of improvements currently under consideration as part of council’s budget process.
Division 1 Councillor Rick Baberowski said the extensive community engagement provided residents an opportunity to reflect carefully on the future of the town and its role as a major activity centre.
“Congratulations must go to all involved in PLACE+ Beerwah – this award highlights the extensive work from council and the community in laying broad community-led foundations to substantially improve the face of Beerwah,” Cr Baberowski said.
“It’s the committed and passionate community that make up the fabric of this modern country town.”
The AILA awards recognise Australia’s most innovative and visionary landscape architecture projects in six categories.
Council’s Maroochy Arts and Ecology Centre and Noosa Junction Station, a combined council and Queensland Government project, were also finalists in their categories.