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Mosman Council's urban planners receive award

06 November 2014

Mosman Council’s urban planning team has been commended for its work at last night’s Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) annual gala ceremony.

The team was commended in the Awards for Planning Excellence Promotion of Planning category for increasing community awareness of planners and planning issues through its website, blog, newsletter and social media.

“Through the use of these tools the community has developed a greater understanding of planning matters and the importance of a good planning team in developing effective strategies to protect and enhance our built environment for existing and future generations,” Director of Environment and Planning Craig Covich said.

“Regular updates on projects help to involve the community and have increased engagement, enabling residents to have their say on relevant matters.

“Social media is also used to highlight and discuss local and broader planning issues, such as state planning reforms and policies that affect local planning, industry events, development applications and local strategic planning issues.”

Council’s small team of urban planners draft and upload content to the site and social media and all platforms have experienced growth, with the newsletter now being sent to more than 800 subscribers.

“Mosman Council’s urban planners have set a great example in improving communications opportunities and community understanding which could be adapted and applied by other local government organisations,” Mr Covich said.

The PIA’s highest honour for excellence in NSW planning, the President’s Award, has been conferred on Manly, Mosman, Pittwater and Warringah councils.

SHOROC received the award, along with a commendation in the Hard Won Victory category, for its Shaping our Future strategy, together with the advocacy and partnership with the NSW and Commonwealth governments which has resulted in more than $1 billion investment in health and transport infrastructure for the region.