City wins Planning Institute of Australia award for Building Bayswater project

City of Bayswater strategic planning and place manager Matt Turner, left, Mayor Dan Bull, Deputy Mayor Chris Cornish, strategic planning coordinator Alix Bray, community and development director Des Abel.
City of Bayswater strategic planning and place manager Matt Turner, left, Mayor Dan Bull, Deputy Mayor Chris Cornish, strategic planning coordinator Alix Bray, community and development director Des Abel.

THE City of Bayswater has been recognised at the 2018 Planning Institute of Australia Awards for engaging with the community through its Building Bayswater project.

City officers, Mayor Dan Bull and Deputy Mayor Chris Cornish accepted the public engagement and community planning award at a ceremony on November 2.

The project involved the community sharing their thoughts and ideas on how the council could respond to challenges and opportunities of development through online surveys, forums and a community panel event.

Findings will be considered as part of the development of a local planning strategy.

Cr Bull said the project enabled the council to have “meaningful” conversations about future housing types and design innovation.

“By engaging our community, we were able to gain a better understanding of what’s important to people, explore the City’s future and create the best possible outcomes for our neighbourhoods,” he said.

“The selection of a deliberative community panel generated significant interest, with the consultant involved reporting the highest response rate yet for this engagement method across Australia.

“In WA, a community panel has never before been used in developing a local planning strategy.”

For information, visit engage.bayswater.wa.gov.au/building-bayswater