Great excitement for URPS at the PIA National Congress in Hobart this week.
The Office for Recreation, Sport & Racing and our Nicole Halsey received a National PIA Award for their great work on “Game On – Youth Action Plan Engagement”.
This Stakeholder Engagement Award recognises “initiatives implementing best practice public engagement that achieves genuine collaborative outcomes that lead to improved built form, planning processes or social outcomes”.
Conducted with the Office for Recreation, Sport & Racing, “Game On” focussed on understanding how to get more young people active.
It demonstrated how to engage with young stakeholders who are often overlooked in planning and other processes. It is a great example of how to ensure that we plan with young people, not for them.
The stakeholder engagement process demonstrated clear strategic alignment with the overall project and a high degree of innovation in getting young people engaged with the subject matter. It facilitated discussions that focussed on getting young people to talk about the barriers and opportunities to being more physically active.
The national judging panel noted the originality and innovation of the approach, as well as its adaptability and transferability to a range of stakeholder engagement opportunities.
Nicole was sad not to be able to accept the award in person. Anna DC, Matt and Zoe did a great job accepting it on her behalf and celebrating well into the night. Excellence all round.
The last three years have been tough for councils across Australia. Bushfires, heatwaves, floods and then a pandemic have forced many councils think differently about