Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
THE City of Cockburn has been recognised at the annual Planning Institute of Australia (WA Division) Awards for Planning Excellence, scoring honours in three categories.

The Phoenix Revitalisation Strategy received the State President’s Award and a certificate of commendation while the city’s online planning system was given an Award for Excellence.

Providing a strategic framework for the Phoenix Town Centre, including the surrounding suburbs of Spearwood and Hamilton Hill, the award-winning strategy aims to create a central community hub for Cockburn.

Following extensive community consultation, the strategy encompassed establishing a cafe strip, new park, residential development, a life learning centre and improvements to Rockingham Road.

The online planning system was introduced to the City of Cockburn website to make it easier for developers and land-owners to track the progress of their development applications.

Known as Masterview, the system works in real-time by allowing people to search via property, or their application details, to view specific information such as application status and progress, relevant application documents and property zoning and attributes.

The system also has a tool called Masterplan Enquirer that advises if an activity is permitted on a property, also supplying information on any necessary development controls and other possible requirements.

The PIA Awards for Planning Excellence recognise and acknowledge quality, innovation and excellence in planning throughout Australia.

City of Cockburn Director of Planning and Development Daniel Arndt said the awards highlighted the council’s commitment to effective planning and liaison with the community.

“The Phoenix Revitalisation Strategy was devised to give the area a complete overhaul, providing new community facilities, housing and parks, as well as improving the existing retail precinct,” he said.

“Our online planning system has also become an effective, easy-to-use tool for people who want to access information at all times of the day.

“These awards recognise Cockburn’s commitment to innovative development that is suitable and beneficial to the area, while also acknowledging we are doing our best to make life simple and more convenient for people wanting to lodge a development application within the city.”

Each year, the state and territory divisions of the Planning Institute of Australia hold award programs enabling them to acknowledge excellence, innovation and achievement of the planning profession at a local level.

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planningawards1-2.jpeg: City of Cockburn planning staff Robert Colalillo, Carol Buswell, Daniel Arndt, Andrew Trosic and Donna Di Renzo with the three Planning Institute of Australia (WA Division) Awards.

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The City of Cockburn celebrates its 30th birthday in 2009, regarded as one of Perth’s fastest growing and culturally-diverse local governments.

With a population of about 80,000, it has grown into one of Perth’s most dynamic and successful areas. The population is made up of a large percentage of children, families and seniors, and a large percentage of people born overseas (28.8%).

As a developing city, Cockburn has a good mix of residential, rural and conservation areas and has more than 2000 businesses. The City of Cockburn, as a council, has a continuing mission to make the area the most attractive place to live, work and visit in the metropolitan area.
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WA council scores three major planning awards


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