Accolades for GHD's engaging work

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26 November 2012

One of the world’s leading engineering, architecture and environmental consulting companies, GHD, along with its partners, has won two Planning Institute of Australia Awards. The awards recognise innovation, leadership and excellence in the planning profession, stimulate the public awareness of excellent projects and emphasise the importance of good planning in the community.

GHD and SJB were acknowledged with the Planning Institute of Australia, 2012 New South Wales Planning Excellence Award in the Public Engagement and Community Planning category for their work on the South Kempsey One Community, One Mob, Integrated Social and Master Plan. The companies were engaged by client partners from all three levels of government, Kempsey Shire Council, Kempsey Local Aboriginal Land Council, the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, and the Federal Indigenous Coordination Council.

Working together with a local “shadow project team” of local community members, GHD and SJB used traditional engagement methods, web-based consultation and social media to work with the community to develop a vision and identify social and physical projects to improve South Kempsey.

In selecting this project as the award recipient, the judges found that “the initiative of a ‘shadow project team’ was considered to be an interesting use of capacity building, especially where youth were engaged in the process. In particular, the shadow team facilitated implementations of smaller projects while the larger consultation and project was being undertaken, which helped build community support.”

GHD’s Katrina Burbidge and Mike Svikis, in partnership with Tweed Shire Council, were recognised for their work on the Tweed Shire Coastal Hazards Development Control Plan, with the 2012 New South Wales Best Planning Ideas Award - Small Project.

At a time when coastal hazard is a hot topic, the judges felt the plan, “tackled a difficult and challenging problem in a simple and effective way. The policy is a clear and plain-English expression of what is required and the means to address it.”

“It is great to see our teams being recognised by their peers for their industry-leading work, especially in areas of new business for GHD,” said David Kinniburgh, Operating Centre Manager for GHD in Sydney.

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