PIA Awards 2017

The Planning Institute of Australia SA Division awards went off with a bang. There was a
mammoth turnout from the industry that resulted in an evening of celebration and comradery.

The regions were the stand-outs for the night with several projects being recognised. The major winner, the Railways Lands, was undertaken completely in-house by the City of Mount Gambier. This project took derelict contaminated railway land and transformed it into a well-designed inclusive space that is attractive and functional. This project won three awards on the night, including the Minister for Planning Award.

Other regional councils recognised on the night were: Adelaide Hills Council for the development of the Median/GIS land division tool; Mid Murray Council Open Space, Recreation and Public Realm Plan; the Port Pirie CBD Revitalisation – Public Space and Streetscape Design; and the Robe Golf Course Expansion project.

But awards were also given to projects that occurred within the metropolitan area. Most notably the City of Adelaide won an award for 30 Years of Built Heritage Program/Heritage Incentive Scheme. Commendations were awarded to the City of Prospect, which received a commendation for the Excellence in Urban Design Award initiative, the City of Onkaparinga Trails and Cycling Strategic Management Plan and City of Charles Sturt Planning and Development – Electronic Development Application Lodgement process.

This year was a bumper year for the recognition of the people in our profession. SA Planner of the Year went to Stephen Smith RPIA (Fellow) from the Local Government Association of South Australia. Smith was recognised for his role in providing consultation sessions for local government to facilitate the passage for the planning reforms being progressively introduced by the South Australian Government.

Young Planner of the Year went to Brad McCormack from InfraPlan. McCormack was recognised for his diverse skills that he has developed and applied to a wide variety of projects. His passion for good project outcomes are demonstrated by his ability to create solid and lasting stakeholder support.

A commendation was given to Cheryle Pedler from Berri Barmera Council. Pedler is an outstanding young planner who continually demonstrates excellence in her role as a development assessment planner at a regional council.

Last but not least, The Adelaide Review won the President’s Award for FORM Journal. PIA recognises that The Adelaide Review, by showcasing our awards and other institutes’ awards, in this manner, assists in bringing planning, urban design and design into South Australian homes. FORM Journal is an almanac of the most innovative and exciting schemes, and the magazine illustrates the vibrancy of Adelaide’s design community. The Adelaide Review’s commitment to planning, urban design and architecture in South Australia is a labour of love for them and highly appreciated by PIA in its ability to promote planning to South Australians.

Kym Pryde RPIA, President SA Division, Planning Institute of Australia

2017 PIA Awards (SA Division)

YOUNG PLANNER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Brad McCormack MPIA
Commendation: Cheryle Pedler MPIA

PLANNER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Stephen Smith MPIA

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AND COMMUNITY PLANNING

Winner: Mid Murray Open Space, Recreation and Public Realm Plan
Commendation: Port Pirie CBD Revitalisation – Public Space and Streetscape Design

IMPROVING PLANNING PROCESSES AND PRACTICES

Winner: Median/GIS Land Division Tool
Commendation: Planning and Development – Electronic Development Application Lodgement Process

HARD WON VICTORY

Winner: Robe Golf Course Expansion

GREAT PLACE

Winner: The Railway Lands
Commendation: Plant 4/ Bowden Town Square

PLAN TO PLACE

Winner: The Railway Lands

BEST PLANNING IDEAS – SMALL

Winner: Median/GIS Land Division Tool
Commendation: Excellence in Urban Design Awards

BEST PLANNING IDEAS – LARGE

Winner: 30 Years of Built Heritage Management in the City of Adelaide
Commendation: River Torrens Linear Park Strategic Integrated Asset Management Plan / Fleurieu Aquatic Centre / Trails and Cycling Strategic Management Plan

OUTSTANDING STUDENT PROJECT – TERTIARY

Winner: Sustaining a Strategy: Implentation of Bicycle Strategies by Local Governments in Australia

PRESIDENT’S AWARD

Winner: FORM Journal

MINISTER’S AWARD

Winner: The Railway Lands
Commendation: Mid Murray Open Space, Recreation and Public Realm Plan

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2017 FELLOW ELEVATION: David Altmann, Brenton Burman, Kirsty Kelly, Nicole Halsey, Stephen Yarwood, George Giannakodakis, Donna Ferretti