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Planning Institute Australia Awards for Excellence - Queensland division

The Planning Institute Australia (PIA) Queensland Awards for Excellence were held on Friday 6 November 2009. The department entered a total of four nominations, of which two received awards of merit—the 'North East Gold Coast Land Use Economic and Infrastructure Strategy', and the 'Community Diversity in Transit Oriented Development Precincts Project'. Other departmental nominations included the 'Brisbane Valley Rail Trail', and the ‘South East Queensland Regional Plan’.

The department was also recognised for its strong contribution as a partner in the overall award winning project ‘Identifying and Incorporating Indigenous Landscape Values into Regional Planning Processes’. This was a joint initiative carried out by the Urban Research Program at Griffith University, South East Queensland Traditional Owners Alliance, South East Queensland Catchments and our department. This project also received the ‘Planning Scholarship, Research and Teaching Award for Excellence’.

The ‘South East Queensland Natural Resource Management Plan 2009-2013’ won the ‘Regional Planning Achievement Excellence Award’. This Plan resulted from collaboration by Queensland Government agencies, local governments and the key non-government organisations involved in natural resource management.

The PIA Awards program recognises individuals, companies, community groups and public sector agencies for their innovation, leadership and excellence in the Queensland planning profession. The awards are intended to showcase the high quality of planning occurring in Queensland, stimulate public awareness of excellent projects and emphasise the important role of good planning in the community.

Overall, the evening profiled and recognised the quality and innovation of planning in Queensland.