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Winner: Penrith City Council for Places of Penrith - Developing a place-based strategic framework
Council has developed a suite of city shaping strategies for a place-based approach across the city. The strategies are:
Each strategy is underpinned by research, spatial analysis and social, economic and environmental criteria-based prioritisation.
A transformative redevleopment underpinned by a collaborative partnership with site tenants delivered a new, sustainable, purpose-built community facility at the Cockburn Wetlands Precinct in the Bibra Lake A-Class Reserve.
Commendation: Melton City Council for Cobblebank Indoor Stadium
City-wide strategic planning identified the need for a new school and social infrastructure in the growth area suburb of Angle Vale. Council advocqacy led to early engagement with the Education Department and a partnership to incorporate shared-use facilities. A 30 year Council Enhancement Deed between project partners TESA Education, Department for Education and the City of Playford formalises the collaboration and ensures the longevity of the facility usage.
Council redeveloped Melton Central Community Centre into an integrated hub with a new building and service model. The Centre co-locates service providers including Djerriwarrh Community and Education Services, Catholic Care and MiCare to provide a safe, welcoming and inclusive destination.
With high growth and high unemployment, Council's advocacy has focused on expediting State Government delivery of the Indian Ocean Gateway - a container port long identified in plans. The City executed a strategic advocacy framework that in 2017 led to the commitment of the then shadow government to plan and construct the new port.
Commendation: Wollondilly Council for Wilton Health and Wellbeing Strategy
Development in the Playford Growth Area is on privately-held, fragmented land between two rural townships with inadequate existing infrastructure, complex legal arrangements and multiple stakeholders. Andrew Smith has established credible and trusted relationships with landholders, State Government, service providers and developers, and has been critical to securing funding and delivery of infrastructure.
Commendation: Cardinia Shire Council for Lisa Hall's contribution to growth area planning
Sponsored by Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI)
Winner - City of Cockburn for Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Plan
Pictured: Councillor Lee-Anne Smith, City of Cockburn and Dr Michael Fotheringham, AHURI
Sponsored by the City of Swan
Winner - City of Casey for Selandra Community Hub
Pictured: Kathryn Seirlis, City of Casey and Mike Foley, City of Swan
Sponsored by Astrolabe Group
Winner - Penrith Council for Penrith Health Action Plan
Pictured: Rachel Pagitz, Penrith City Council and Belinda Campbell-Comninos, Astrolabe Group
Sponsored by McLeods Barristers and Solicitors
Winner - Penrith Council for Penrith Council Advocacy Journey
Pictured: Rachel Pagitz, Penrith City Council and Denis McLeod, McLeods Barristers & Solicitors
Sponsored by the City of Casey
Winner - City of Playford
Pictured: Phil Harrison and Mayor Glenn Docherty, both City of Playford, and Jayden Mizzi, City of Casey