Community NRM Project Awarded for Planning Excellence

Kathryn Dryden
November 22, 2016

Community NRM Project Awarded for Planning Excellence

Wendy Chadwick Encouragement Award - Gary and Penny with Cr Adam Allan, Councillor for Northgate from Brisbane City Council - category sponsor (source PIA)

An innovative Wet Tropics regional project has recently received an Award at the prestigious Planning Institute of Australia’s 2016 Queensland Planning Excellence Awards held in Brisbane on Friday 11th November. The Plan is supported by the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.

The Wet Tropics Plan for People and Country ( wettropicsplan.org.au) was launched in November 2015. It is a community project which provides an online platform of up to date information, as well as priorities for guiding and promoting investment in projects for the region’s natural resources.     

Terrain NRM are the custodians of the plan and represented the community at the awards ceremony. The plan won the Wendy Chadwick Award for Encouragement as well as a commendation under the category Best Planning Ideas - Large Project. 

Terrain’s Penny Scott received the trophy and said, “The Wendy Chadwick Award recognises that our project is innovative and shows the greatest promise of achieving the vision of excellence in Queensland.

“This is extremely encouraging for us and the Wet Tropics community, and recognises that the approach we have taken and the foundations we have set are likely to succeed. It gives the Plan great credibility, and inspires us to keep doing what we’re doing.

The Planning Institute of Australia’s judging panel said, “Terrain Natural Resource Management should be commended for creating a web-based community plan with ‘my backyard level information’. A key strength of the plan is its ability to communicate in an engaging and informative way that the community can easily understand.

“The approach to this project is exemplar, and should be encouraged to be replicated in other communities around Queensland.”

Ms Scott said, “We will continue to make the plan dynamic and useful to everyone in the region who manages, studies, or has an interest in natural resource management.

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