NGAA 2016 Awards

2016 NGAA Awards - Building the Outer Suburbs of the Future

Designing for the Future

Winner: City of Gosnells for Mills Park

The Mills Park Project involved the complete redevelopment of a 24ha park, replacing aged facilities struggling to meet the needs of the growing and changing suburban community with a low socio-economic status. The new Mills Park creates a community hub with facilities suitable for everyone. It will bond the growing multi-cultural community and attract visitors from surrounding areas whilst enhancing the suburb of Beckenham by increasing the availability of public open space for the community. It is also increasing the desirability of Beckenham as a place to live. leading to increased property values.

The project breaks new ground in sustainable building design. The Community Centre achieved Australia’s first 6 Star Green Star Public Building Design v1 rating representing world’s best practice in sustainability.

Value Adding

Winner: City of Kwinana, PEET Ltd and the WA Housing Authority for The Village at Wellard

As Perth’s first full-catchment greenfields transit-oriented development (TOD), The Village at Wellard achieves multiple goals with its delivery of an inclusive, highly connected and economically sustainable outer city community that sympathetically integrates with the natural environment.

This high-quality award winning development offers a mix of housing types, with a strong focus on affordability and public housing, a high level of amenity and environmental value and a thriving community with a strong local identity, connectivity and quality of life. 


City of Whittlesea for Epping Community Services Hub

The Epping Community Services Hub is a unique and innovative partnership project between the City of Whittlesea and the Brotherhood of St Laurence that provides the community with a one-stop-shop approach for residents to access community services. The Hub is now home to 19 community service providers. Residents from some of the City’s most vulnerable communities can now access services for such as family violence support, family and relationship counselling, NDIS support, migrant and refugee services and mental health support. Council purchased and renovated a building, in the process facilitating partnerships and collaboration amongst the agencies. The Hub is also home to Chancez café, a community social enterprise managed by a disability service. 

Penrith City Council for New West

‘New West’ is an entrepreneurial initiative that promotes a progressive and proactive culture which will transform the Penrith City Centre and deliver new jobs for the future. Leveraging positive change by strategically using public land to unlock the City’s potential, the project fosters partnerships that benefit the Penrith community and help create a capital city for the future.

As a key landowner, Council has the capacity to leverage positive change by strategically using public land to unlock the City’s potential. Council is showing leadership by going to market to seek partners who can deliver bold ideas in line with the vision for the City. The New West vision, being enacted entirely in-house by Council staff, has already seen incredible support from the community and investors.

Building Connections

Winner: City of Cockburn for Bibra Lake Regional Playground

Bibra Lake will soon be home to a 7,000m2 regional, accessible adventure playground that will celebrate and build connections to the cultural, historical and environmental significance of this unique area. The playground will create a public space and community facilities that builds community connections, encourages interaction and breaks down common barriers to participation such am accessibility and socio-economic status.


City of Liverpool for Carnes Hill Community and Recreation Precinct

The Carnes Hill Community and Recreation Precinct provides a new standard of community facilities to a growing population in South West Sydney. The Precinct is the first community hub to be delivered by Liverpool City Council and is positioned to meet the needs of existing and new growth area suburbs. It provides recreational, social, educational, health and cultural community benefits and services a catchment population of over 100,000 residents.

City of Casey for Casey Cardinia Business Hub

Casey Cardinia Business Hub is a business centre operating across two sites and developed in partnership with the City of Casey and Waterman Business Centres. The partnership was designed for new and developing businesses that want to build connections and grow through structured resource support and businesses that require access to professional office space or meeting rooms. The vision for the is to create a community of 500 thriving businesses and build upon the idea of a “business incubator” but with a more commercial and entrepreneurial focus which encourages collaborative opportunities between its members.

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