Quality outcomes in planning and place-making triumph in 2018 Greater Sydney Planning Awards

27 Jun 2018
News | Six planning and place-making projects, delivering quality outcomes for Greater Sydney, have been named as winners of the 2018 Greater Sydney Planning Awards.

The awards, presented by Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, and Greater Sydney Commission Chief Commissioner Lucy Turnbull AO, cover six categories across great places, infrastructure and jobs planning, sustainability and community engagement.

Chief Commissioner Turnbull said, “As much as we discuss the sizes and shapes of buildings, or where new roads, shopping centres or schools might go, what is most important is making our city liveable.”

“The projects we are celebrating with these awards include a health and education precinct in the Western City, the creation of great spaces at Barangaroo, a campaign to get more people cycling locally, a strategy to address urban heat and the strategic planning that delivered the Western Sydney Parklands,” she said.

“We need to keep focusing on the simple ‘people’ things – how easy is it to get to the shops, do we have jobs nearby, can we walk our children to school, do they have parks to play in? Our city needs to work for people with all sorts of needs and our planning must cater for them first and foremost,” Ms Turnbull said.

Minister Roberts said, “Good planning and development is more important than ever if we’re going to make Greater Sydney a metropolis of three liveable, productive and sustainable cities and one of the world’s indisputable great cities. “It will be a Greater Sydney filled with opportunity for us, for our children and for those who want to call this city ‘home’, with choices for housing, jobs, green spaces and vibrant places to enjoy,” the Minister said.

The six award winners are:

The Chief Commissioner’s Award

Western Sydney Parklands - Bob Waldron and the Office of Strategic Lands, Suellen Fitzgerald and Western Sydney Parklands Trust

Ms Turnbull said, “Western Sydney Parklands have been 50 years in the making and are an important example of the value of long-term strategic planning.”

“The Parklands corridor was first identified in the 1968 Sydney Region Outline Plan, with the Office of Strategic Lands identifying and acquiring the lands that now comprise the Western Sydney Parklands,” she said.

The Parklands are the largest urban park in Australia, spanning 27 kilometres across 5,200 hectares, which is 14-times the combined size of the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Domain, Centennial Park and Moore Park.

“Not only are the Parklands a significant part of the Sydney Green Grid, they will help meet the recreational and leisure needs of Western Sydney now and for future generations,” Ms Turnbull said.

Great Community Collaboration award

Give Yourself a Lift – City of Sydney

Judges’ comments: The Give Yourself a Lift campaign exemplified strong and comprehensive community engagement by helping the residents of Green Square make positive behaviour changes including challenging their reliance on cars for short trips.

The multi-faceted campaign went to significant lengths to inform and empower community members to choose cycling as a transport option and in doing so, took steps towards addressing congestion challenges in Green Square.

The judging panel also noted the campaign’s strong alignment with the Commission’s goals - with particular reference to sustainability.

Development supported by infrastructure award

Parramatta CBD Planning Proposal – Infrastructure Funding – City of Parramatta Council

Judges’ comments: “City of Parramatta Council’s work on infrastructure funding for the Parramatta CBD is an ambitious project that acknowledges the challenges of transforming Parramatta into a global city. Through detailed and rigorous technical analysis, the proposal has gone to great effort to be transparent in its methodology and has strong credibility.

“The judging panel notes the common principles between the plan and the Commission’s own Growth Infrastructure Compact and applauds the plan’s guiding principle of ‘equitably sharing the benefits of growth’.

“The panel commend the City of Parramatta Council for embracing this challenge and demonstrating the important role councils play in shaping Greater Sydney’s three cities.”

Great new place to live and/or work award

Barangaroo South – ASPECT|OCULUS

Judges’ comments: “ASPECT|OCULUS’ work on Barangaroo South helps bring to life a vision of a highly connected and sustainable Eastern City.

“Streets are alive and vibrant, and the precinct is highly-utilised by locals and visitors. The panel hopes to see more community uses for the precinct as it evolves.

“The ASPECT|OCULUS work has responded well to the existing surrounds delivering an exceptional public realm. Their landscape interventions deliver high levels of amenity and their treatment of public and private spaces is of the highest quality and considerate of human scale.”

Planning for jobs and skills award

The Quarter – Penrith City Council

Judges’ comments: “The Quarter is a fantastic example of cross-government collaboration underpinned by broad engagement and clear direction. The health and education precinct is home to knowledge-intensive jobs, with strong potential to be an economic engine for the Western City.

“Penrith City Council has taken a commendable holistic approach, ensuring The Quarter is also an attractive community social hub. The judging panel applauds the positive steps taken to ensure there is a balance between residential opportunities and jobs within the local government area.”

Great sustainability initiative award

Cooling the City – Penrith City Council

Judges’ comments: “Penrith City Council’s Cooling the City strategy demonstrates strong local government leadership in the sustainability space and a practical approach to achieving positive outcomes for Penrith.

“The judging panel commends the tangible efforts made and results already achieved by Council. These include: 99,000 new plants, educating and engaging residents, employing sustainable building practices and strategic partnerships to create a more environmentally resilient region.”

Nominees acknowledged with commendations from the judging panel included:

  • Rhodes West – Planning a New Community – City of Canada Bay
  • Parramatta Ways Walking Strategy – Implementing Sydney’s Green Grid – City of Parramatta
  • Liverpool Innovation Precinct – South Western Sydney Local Health District
  • Blacktown Showground Redevelopment – Blacktown City Council
  • Ku-ring-gai Council – ongoing commitment to sustainability

The judges also acknowledged School Infrastructure NSW for its School Assets Strategic Plan 2031.


These are the second annual Greater Sydney Planning Awards, conducted by the Greater Sydney Commission.

The 2018 judging panel comprised:

  • Dr Deborah Dearing - North District Commissioner & Panel Chair
  • Caleb Niethe - 2017 Lendlease Bradfield Scholarship Winner
  • Jenny Rudolph - President, Planning Institute of Australia, NSW Division
  • Suzanne Toumbourou - Executive Director, Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council
  • Dillon Kombumerri - Principal Architect at NSW Government Architect’s Office & Adjunct Professor, University of Sydney
  • David Borger - Western Sydney Director, Sydney Business Chamber
  • Gary White - Chief Planner, NSW Department of Planning and Environment

The 2018 Greater Sydney Planning Awards are sponsored by:

Evolve Housing - Platinum sponsor
Campbelltown City Council – Gold Sponsor
Blacktown City Council – Silver Sponsor
Western Sydney University – Silver Sponsor
City of Sydney – Silver Sponsor

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