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Innovative city-shaping and resilience projects score at Greater Sydney Planning Awards

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A new university campus; restoring the health of a significant suburban waterway; projects to protect against the impacts of climate change; and an economic and community response to COVID-19 are among the winners of the 2021 Greater Sydney Planning Awards announced overnight.

The annual awards, the fifth to be presented by the Greater Sydney Commission, recognise collaborative, innovative and bold initiatives that will deliver benefits to communities, the economy and the environment.

Chief Commissioner, Geoff Roberts AM, said a record 62 nominations were received for the 2021 awards from local councils, developers, consultants, community groups, public agencies and other teams.

"Despite the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, the awards demonstrate that innovation, passion and creative projects are still being championed and Greater Sydney can emerge on the other side of the pandemic stronger and more resilient than ever," he said.

"These awards have recognised great city-shaping ideas, great placemaking, great developments and great community engagement.

"One thing that COVID has not stopped is great thinking and I am proud that the Greater Sydney Planning Awards can recognise that," Mr Roberts said.

A total of eight winners, eight commendations and the Chief Commissioner's Award - for the NSW Spatial Digital Twin by the NSW Department of Customer Service - were presented at the ceremony hosted in Parramatta. Full details can be found on the 2021 awards page.