Coby Tomlin of University of Queensland was presented the 2016 Minister's Town Planning Prize at the launch of the Planning Institute of Australia's Awards for Planning Excellence 2016 held on Tuesday 24 May 2016 at Parliament House.
Coby received a certificate, $500 and the opportunity to present a synopsis of her thesis in the presence of her peers, professors, planning professionals and her parents.
The Minister's Town Planning Prize is awarded to one university student whose thesis or major final year research study is considered to significantly contribute to the advancement of planning techniques. Each university offering planning courses across Queensland was invited to nominate three outstanding students who displayed innovative, practical approaches to real problems which benefit planning practice.
Coby was one of six graduating students to receive an award presented by the Honourable Jackie Trad, Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment. The remaining five students from participating universities, whose nomination scored the highest during judging, received a runners-up certificate and $250.
The 2016 Minister's Town Planning Prize winner and runners-up:
Coby Tomlins - The University of Queensland
Research paper: Utilising Twitter to Understand Human Movement Patterns for Application in Land Use Planning Policy
Luke Ciancio - The Queensland University of Technology
Research paper: Urban Structure and Greenspace Use in Brisbane, Australia
Emily Maddison - Griffith University
Research paper: Enhanced public participation in integrated catchment management
Tamara Katai - James Cook University
Research paper: Cycling Safety in Far North Queensland: the preference of cycling infrastructure in Cairns
Nigel Cartlidge - Bond University
Research paper: Lines in the Sand
Leigh Missen - University of Sunshine Coast
Research paper: The Ideal Playground: A systems approach to informing design requirements