Shire’s planning initiative among the best in the country

​Pictured: Shire of Mundaring's Mark Luzi, Director Statutory Services and Angus Money, Manager Planning and Environment at the 2017 Planning Institutde of Australia National Awards for Planning Excellence in Sydney on Wednesday 3 May.

SHIRE of Mundaring is the proud recipient of a national planning award as of last night at the 2017 Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) National Awards for Planning Excellence in Sydney.

The prestigious award recognised the Shire's approach to 'Implementing Bushfire and Biodiversity Controls' in the 'Improving Planning Processes and Practices' category.

The Shire's award-winning initiative has been described as an innovation that enhances development and land management outcomes in Mundaring and is also a model that could easily be adapted and implemented by other local government agencies.

Shire President David Lavell said the national award was a testament to the Shire's planning and environment team's ability to achieve the right balance between bushfire mitigation and biodiversity protection. "Our team recognised the need for early intervention, particularly in heavily vegetated areas, in order to meet both environmental and bushfire objectives," Cr Lavell said.  

"Our staff collaborated with key stakeholders and developed a suite of implementation tools and services. These were designed to encourage early consideration of bushfire risk and environmental factors in the design process," he said.

Cr Lavell said that the initiatives were motivated by the need for a more streamlined planning approvals process which avoided additional costs for landowners and delays associated with revising plans and relocating buildings.

Shire of Mundaring was also recognised with a Premier's Award at last year's Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) WA Awards for Planning Excellence. This led to an invitation to the national awards ceremony in Sydney.

PIA president Brendan Nelson said the standard of nominations in 2017 at a national level was outstanding.

"The calibre of the people and projects nominated for this year's awards made for a very heartening appraisal of the state of Australian planning. It was also fantastic to see every State and Territory represented in the large pool of nominations," he said.

The PIA Awards acknowledge excellence and showcase leading practice across a range of planning disciplines and sectors.

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