Award winning community engagement: 2017 PIA awards

The Planning Institute Australia is the peak body that represents the planning industry including Universities, Local Government, commercial planners and consultants.  The West Australian Awards for Planning Excellence recognise and acknowledge quality, innovation and excellence in Planning. The Awards promote the important role of the Planning profession in the creation of Western Australia’s built environment, and stimulates public awareness of good planning.

(Photos courtesy of PIA. )

With numerous projects submitted across all categories, and eight projects in the Community Engagement Project category, Creating Communities was honoured to work with the City of Fremantle and AUDRC to be recognised with two awards:

  • 2017 Minister for Planning’s award

    The City of Fremantle; Creating Communities and AUDRC – Freo Alternative– ‘Big thinking about small housing’

  • 2017 Runner Up / Commendation: Community Engagement Project

    The City of Fremantle; Creating Communities and AUDRC – Freo Alternative – ‘Big thinking about small housing’

In her citation for the award, Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said The Freo Alternative project represented a responsive, innovative and contemporary example of a local government undertaking a meaningful community engagement process.

The City of Fremantle’s Strategic Planning manager Paul Garbett said winning the award was a great achievement.

I’d like to acknowledge the contribution made by the City’s project partners Creating Communities and the Australian Urban Design Research Centre…” Mr Garbett said.

Continue reading the City of Fremantle’s press release here: Community Engagement Wins Prestigious Award


(Photos courtesy of Future Bayswater)

When he is not at his day job, Creating Communities Director Andrew Watt is a founding member and active volunteer of the Future Bayswater Community Group.

Future Bayswater was awarded three honours in recognition of its achievement:

  • 2017 Winner: Community Engagement Project

  • 2017 Runner Up / Commendation: President’s Award

  • 2017 State Planning Champion

    Paul Shanahan, Chair of Future Bayswater and local teacher

We believe community and stakeholder engagement has the power to build community capacity, generate advocacy and uncover opportunities to create shared value.


Creating Communities communication and engagement strategies are tailored to each project. We begin by understanding the context in order to develop targeted strategies to deliver on project objectives. We use this understanding to generate dynamic methods that are responsive to the unique project context and elicit positive interactions and connections.

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