National awards for innovative place-making in the outer suburbs

A new park focused on sustainability, a development including public housing and plans for an accessible adventure playground took out the major prizes in the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) awards.

The event was part of the NGAA’s Congress, which had the theme of “Building the outer suburbs of the future”. It was hosted by the City of Wanneroo in Perth’s north.

The City of Kwinana in Perth’s south and its partners (PEET Ltd and the WA Housing Authority) won the “Value Adding” category for The Village housing development at Wellard, which integrates a mix of dwellings sympathetically into the natural environment.

The Mayor of the City of Kwinana, Carol Adams, was one of many local government representatives from across the country at the awards dinner at Mindarie.

“This is a win for our community first and foremost. Outer suburbs like ours are the future of this country, as we’re growing at twice the national rate.

“Awards like this one help showcase the great work that is being done in our areas,” she said.

The other major awards went to: The City of Gosnells in Perth’s south east for the Mills Park Project. The work, a redevelopment of an existing park to accommodate a growing multi-cultural community, won the “Designing for the Future” category. The City of Cockburn in Perth’s south took out the “Building Connections” category for the Bibra Lake Regional Playground, which will become a regional accessible adventure playground that will build connections to the cultural, historical and environmental significance of the area.

There were four commendations, including two in the Value Adding category: The City of Whittlesea in Melbourne’s north was recognised for the Epping Community Services Hub. The Hub is a partnership between the City of Whittlesea and the Brotherhood of St Laurence which provides a one-stop-shop for residents to access community services, such as family violence support and migrant and refugee services, for example. Penrith City Council in Sydney’s west was given the nod for “New West”, an initiative that promotes a progressive culture to transform the city centre and deliver new jobs. The Council is using public land and seeking partners to deliver new opportunities.

The other two commendations went to the City of Liverpool in Sydney’s south-west for Carnes Hill Community and Recreation Project and the City of Casey in Melbourne’s west for Casey Cardinia Business Hub, both in the Building Connections category. The Carnes Hill Precinct is the first community hub to be delivered by Liverpool and provides recreational, social, educational, health and cultural benefits for the community of over 100,000 residents. The Casey Cardinia Business Hub is a centre operating across two sites and developed in partnership with the City of Casey and Waterman Business Centres. The vision is to create a community of 500 thriving businesses, to encourage collaborative opportunities.

Photo caption: (l-r) Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams with NGAA Executive Officer Ruth Spielman