City of Swan wins Australian Planning Institute award

THE City of Swan has won an Australian Planning Institute award for planning excellence.

In conjunction with economic planning and development advisory group PRACSYS, the City’s cross-functional team, led by the Strategic Planning Business Unit, won the ‘Best Planning Ideas – Large Project’ category for its ‘Strategy for the Ageing Population’.

The awards, which were held at the weekend, recognised excellence in the industry and showcased leading practice across planning disciplines and sectors.

Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said the win was well deserved.

“The team has been working hard to create a strategy that plans for our growing ageing population that is realistic, holistic and can be implemented in our community,” he said.

“I am very pleased to see their hard work, collaboration and dedication recognised and rewarded.”

The strategy is based on a vision for the City’s aged residents: that the City of Swan communities are places where ageing residents enjoy healthy and fulfilling lives whilst actively contributing to the social and economic fabric of Swan.

In order to achieve that vision, the strategy has been broken down into a number of realistic objectives and initiatives that can be monitored and implemented.

Ballajura Ward Councillor Adam Kovalevs said it was the community-based inclusive approach that stood out to the judges and secured the team’s win.

“This category is awarded to planning projects that not only advance current planning practices but have national and cross-jurisdictional benefits as well,” he said.

“The team has done very well and should be commended.”

To view the strategy, go to www.swan.wa.gov.au, click on city and council>projects and initiatives>city plans and strategies.

For more information on the Australian Institute of Planning Awards, visit www.planning.org.au/awards/wa.