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2018 Greater Sydney Planning Awards

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2018 Greater Sydney Planning award trophies

The second annual Greater Sydney Planning Awards were held on 26 June 2018 at the Australian Museum. The Greater Sydney Planning Awards acknowledge excellence in planning and recognise outstanding collaborative, innovative and bold initiatives that deliver benefits to communities, economies and the environment.


Congratulations to all the winners and nominees.


Award 1 - Great Community Collaboration

Winner: Give Yourself a Lift, City of Sydney

The Give Yourself a Lift campaign exemplified strong and comprehensive community engagement by helping the residents of Green Square make positive behaviour changes including challenging their reliance on cars for short trips.

The multi-faceted campaign went to significant lengths to inform and empower community members to choose cycling as a transport option and in doing so, took steps towards addressing congestion challenges in Green Square.

The campaign is strongly aligned with the Commission's goals - with particular reference to sustainability.

A woman and boy looking at a map of cycling routes on a bus shelter
Cyclists on a city street
Passengers waiting at a bus shelter

Commendation: Northern Beaches Hospital Precinct Structure Plan, Northern Beaches Council

The process behind the Northern Beaches Hospital Precinct Structure Plan demonstrated genuine community collaboration and engagement from its earliest stages. This significant departure from presenting communities with a plan and a predetermined recommendation is commended.

The strong community support for the project is a testament to Northern Beaches Council's thoughtful and successful campaign to create a sense of community ownership. The Council's impressive engagement metrics provide sound evidence of unprecedented community support achieved through this ambitious approach.

Community members at an engagement event
A woman speaking with a staff member at a community engagement event
A man delivering a formal presentation in an auditorium takes a question from an audience member

Commendation: The Village Cafe, Penrith City Council

Penrith City Council's Village Cafe project is a thoughtful way of caring for members of the community who may otherwise feel left behind in a rapidly changing city.

The 'relationship first' community engagement model respects the knowledge, strengths and lived experience of community members and has created an atmosphere of trust.

The Commission commends the project team's efforts to build a strong sense of community and deal innovatively with social isolation.

People sitting in an outdoor cafe
A woman holding a pot plant
People sitting in an outdoor cafe

Award 2 - Development Supported by Infrastructure

Winner: Parramatta CBD Planning Proposal - Infrastructure Funding, City of Parramatta Council

City of Parramatta Council's work on infrastructure funding for the Parramatta CBD is an ambitious project that acknowledges the challenges of transforming Parramatta into a global city. Through detailed and rigorous technical analysis, the proposal has gone to great effort to be transparent in its methodology and has strong credibility.

This unique level of community leadership and engagement is one of the principal reasons why the GreenWay vision and program has endured for 15 years, despite various set-backs and has continued to evolve in response to social, political and economic challenges in the inner west.

The City of Parramatta Council is to be commended for embracing this challenge and demonstrating the important role councils play in shaping Greater Sydney's three cities.

Artist impression of Parramatta River with a floating performance space
Artist impression of people watching a cultural event featuring a Chinese dragon
Artist impression of public swimming pool

Commendation: Rhodes West - Planning a New Community, City of Canada Bay

The City of Canada Bay Council's work with the Rhodes West community demonstrates forward thinking planning which will deliver long-term benefits.

By inviting residents to help determine the projects and services to be funded through Voluntary Planning Agreements, the Council helped deliver infrastructure to meet residents' social and recreational needs. The resulting green space, community centre and recreation centre delivers important open space and opportunities for physical activity and social interaction.

Aerial view of Rhodes and artist rendering of The Connection
Artist rendering of people walking through a well lit public space
Artist rendering of high rise residential development

Award 3 - Great new place to live and/or work

Winner: Barangaroo South, ASPECT | OCULUS

ASPECT | OCULUS' work on Barangaroo South helps bring to life a vision of a highly connected and sustainable Eastern City.

The streets of the precinct are alive and vibrant and the precinct is highly-utilised by both locals and visitors. The panel hopes to see more community uses for the precinct as it evolves.

ASPECT | OCULUS' work has responded well to the existing surrounds to deliver an exceptional public realm. Their landscape interventions deliver high levels of amenity and their treatment of public and private spaces is of the highest quality and considerate of human scale.

People at an outdoor dining venue
View of Barangaroo development
View of Barangaroo development

Commendation: Parramatta Walking Strategy - Implementing Sydney's Green Grid, City of Parramatta Council

The Parramatta Ways Walking Strategy raises the priority of connectivity within the city, and will have a positive effect on how people travel through the Central River City. Walkability is an essential component of great places and helps create social cohesion and active vibrant cities.

It is a strategy that will help deliver the vision for Parramatta's bright future.

Woman walking along a walking path in a bush land setting
Artist rendering of a medium density development
People walking along a waterfront pathway alongside a medium density development

Award 4 - Planning for jobs and skills

Winner: The Quarter, Penrith City Council

The Quarter is a fantastic example of cross-government collaboration underpinned by broad engagement and clear direction. The health and education precinct is home to knowledge-intensive jobs, with strong potential to be an economic engine for the Western City.

Penrith City Council has taken a commendable, holistic approach, ensuring The Quarter is also an attractive community social hub.

The Commission applauds the positive steps taken to ensure there is a balance between residential opportunities and jobs within the local government area.

The Quarter Penrith logo
Artist's Impression - Nepean Hospital Redevelopment Stages 1 & 2
Aerial view of Penrith

Commendation: Liverpool Innovation Precinct, South Western Sydney Local Health District

The Liverpool Innovation Precinct is a well thought out and positive partnership built on true collaboration.

This refreshing approach to pooling resources responds to the need for an innovative way of bringing together key stakeholders to leverage off co-location.

The partnership helps foster a vibrant environment to further boost the Liverpool economy and provides a solid platform for implementing the vision for the precinct.

Aerial view of Liverpool Innovation Precinct
A female scientist looking at test tubes
Artist's Impression - Liverpool Innovation Precinct

Acknowledgement: School Assets Strategic Plan 2031, School Infrastructure NSW

The challenges of developing such a plan are significant but its implementation is in many ways critical to the future of Greater Sydney and has the potential to be a transformative piece of work.


Award 5 - Great sustainability initiative

Winner: Cooling the City, Penrith City Council

Penrith City Council's Cooling the City strategy demonstrates strong local government leadership in the sustainability space and a practical approach to achieving positive outcomes for Penrith.

The Council's tangible efforts and results already achieved are commended. These include: 99,000 new plants, educating and engaging residents, employing sustainable building practices and strategic partnerships to create a more environmentally resilient region.

Trees and plants growing alongside a development
A woman buying some plants
Example of greenspace incorporated into a public building

Commendation: Blacktown Showground Redevelopment, Blacktown City Council

The Blacktown Showground Redevelopment is an important initiative in an area where the urban heat island effect can be particularly damaging.

The development and delivery of this project is an extraordinary feat and the judging panel acknowledges Blacktown City Council's efforts to embrace and raise the profile of environmental opportunities.

The judging panel applauds the Council's work in engaging the community and seeing this redevelopment through from planning to delivery.

Aerial photo of Blacktown Showground Redevelopment
Raised garden beds filled with herbs and vegetables
Photograph of a footbridge surrounded by trees and greenery

Commendation: Ku-ring-gai Council

Ku-ring-gai Council is commended for its ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability. Their Wild Things and Climate Wise Communities programs are excellent examples of the Council's innovative, collaborative and engaging work in this space. The Council has long been at the forefront of local government-led sustainability efforts and it continues to model leading practice for other councils in Greater Sydney.

Three men working in a plant nursery
An outdoor community meeting discussing bush fire survival
Two women reading a bush fire survival guide

Award 6 - The Chief Commissioner's Award

Winner: Western Sydney Parklands - Bob Waldron and the Office of Strategic Lands, Suellen Fitzgerald and Western Sydney Parklands Trust

Western Sydney Parklands have been 50 years in the making and are an important example of the value of long-term strategic planning.

The Parklands corridor was first identified in the 1968 Sydney Region Outline Plan, with the Office of Strategic Lands identifying and acquiring the lands that now comprise the Western Sydney Parklands.

The Parklands are the largest urban park in Australia, spanning 27 kilometres across 5,200 hectares, which is 14-times the combined size of the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Domain, Centennial Park and Moore Park.

Chief Commissioner Lucy Turnbull AO acknowledged the significant contribution the Parklands make to the Greater Sydney Green Grid and its important role in meeting the recreational and leisure needs of Western Sydney now and for future generations.

Aerial view of Western Sydney Parklands
A boy and a man riding bicycles on a dirt track
A reiver surrounded by Western Sydney Parklands


  • Camden Town Centre Urban Design Framework, Camden Council
  • Give Yourself a Lift, City of Sydney
  • Wild Things Program, Ku-ring-gai Council
  • Northern Beaches Hospital Precinct Structure Plan, Northern Beaches Council
  • The Village Cafe, Penrith City Council
  • Liverpool City Revitalisation - Macquarie Street Mall and Bigge Park, Urbis Pty Ltd
  • Rhodes West - Planning a New Community, City of Canada Bay
  • Parramatta CBD Planning Proposal - Infrastructure Funding, City of Parramatta Council
  • Jordan Springs Community Hub, Penrith City Council
  • The Showground, Showground Corporation Pty Ltd
  • The Connection: Rhodes Community Precinct, Urbis Pty Ltd
  • Wollondilly Health Alliance, Wollondilly Shire Council
  • Barangaroo South, ASPECT | OCULUS
  • Parramatta Ways Walking Strategy - Implementing Sydney's Green Grid, City of Parramatta
  • Harts Landing by PAYCE, PAYCE
  • Newmarket Randwick, Urbis Pty Ltd
  • World Trade Centre Sydney (WTC SYDNEY), Aerotropolis Group
  • Camden Region Economic Taskforce, Camden Council
  • The Quarter, Penrith City Council
  • Liverpool Innovation Precinct, South Western Sydney Local Health District
  • Blacktown Showground Redevelopment, Blacktown City Council
  • Evolving Green - Energy Action Initiative, Evolve Housing
  • Cooling the City, Penrith City Council
  • Climate Wise Communities, Ku-ring-gai Council
  • Rapid Analytics Interactive Scenario Explorer (RAISE) Toolkit, City Futures Research Centre FBE, UNSW
  • School Assets Strategic Plan 2031, School Infrastructure NSW
  • Transforming insights into the Sydney housing market through digital planning and open data, Liverpool City Council
  • Wilton a great NEW town or NO town at all, Wollondilly Shire Council
  • Western Sydney Parklands, Western Sydney Parklands Trust and the Office of Strategic Lands


Thanks to our 2018 Greater Sydney Planning Award sponsors:

Platinum sponsor

Evolve Housing logo

Gold sponsors

Campbelltown City Council logo
Blacktown City Council logo

Silver sponsors

Western Sydney University logo
City of Sydney logo

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