VIC/TAS Awards Submissions

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Chahana Paudel

David Aldous Emerging Leader Award

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Overview:

Chahana is a PhD student at Deakin University, and a Recreation and Open Space Project Manager at Whitehorse City Council. With both research and practice experience, Chahana consistently demonstrates a commitment to bridging the gap between academia and practice. Her proactive approach in translating research findings into practical solutions showcases her dedication to advancing the parks and leisure sector. She excels at fostering a team-based environment, navigating diverse stakeholder interests, and prioritising inclusive community engagement to ensure projects align with community needs.


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Katie McDonald - Victoria University

Overview:

A critical analysis of aquatic and recreation centre planning and decision-making: A tale of two Cases in metropolitan Melbourne, is derived from a PhD research project completed by Dr. Katie McDonald at Victoria University. This research provides a comprehensive analysis, examining the multifaceted interactions between public sector management theories and local contextual factors. By uniquely applying local government theories the study uncovers insights into the influences shaping ARC planning and decision-making by providing actionable recommendations for optimising ARC planni


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Free Youth Pool Entry Pilot

Community Based Initiative of the Year Award

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Submitting Organisation:

Aligned Leisure

Overview:

Taking a bold approach to accessibility and inclusion, the Free Youth Pool Entry Pilot breaks new ground within the industry through the removal of all youth entry fees – prioritising community benefit over financial gains and demonstrating a unique approach to reducing barriers for participation, promoting positive youth behaviour and improving community safety, whilst simultaneously creating opportunities for young people to be empowered in the co-design of a community project to create a safe, welcoming and affordable community space for all residents.


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Orana Community Place

Community Facility of the Year Award

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Submitting Organisation:

City of Casey

Overview:

Orana Community Place is the result of a successful partnership that enabled us to provide a valuable community facility much earlier than is usually possible in newly built areas. Opening in 2023, this state-of-the-art hub is home to playgroups, school holiday programs, social groups, wellness activities and a café that has become the heart of the community. The project aimed to deliver an interim community hub and early years facility in the growth corridor, facilitating a greater sense of community connection, ability to access health and wellbeing programs, and early years services sooner.


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Submitting Organisation:

City of Casey

Joint Organisation:

Federation University Australia

Overview:

Federation University and Active Communities team at City of Casey designed this research to identify barriers and co-design programs that improve the physical activity of women in Casey. This research provides evidenced-based data to inform council decision-making and strategically invest in community programs and contribute to health and wellbeing. By actively engaging women through this process, the aim has been to empower them and ensure that their perspectives, needs, and preferences are central to the development of programs.


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Jean Street Reserve and Garfield Lane park and safety upgrades

Playspace Award (greater than $500k)

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Submitting Organisation:

Kingston City Council

Overview:

Jean Street Reserve & Garfield Lane Upgrade project aims to address community needs as well as mitigate safety concerns and anti-social behavioural issues raised by Victoria Police, Southland Shopping Centre, local community and through Monash University’s 2021 XYX Lab YourGround research data. It is the first significant YourGround pilot project aiming to addresses safety concerns, especially concerns by women and gender diverse people within the City of Kingston. The upgrade includes a new playground, lighting, planting, upgraded footpath, drainage, and murals.


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Submitting Organisation:

Kingston City Council

Overview:

The 2023 Play Your Way Strategy is provides Kingston City Council with the necessary strategic framework, principles and direction to guide the ongoing development, management and investment in Council owned and managed playgrounds and active recreation facilities throughout our City. Our community told us they want a 'network of fun, safe, inspiring spaces that encourage everyone in Kingston to play their way, connect and learn'. The Play Your Way Strategy is our roadmap to invest in, design and deliver play spaces that are responsive to the high value our community holds for all things play!


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Cloverton Regional Community and Recreation Needs Assessment

Strategic and Master Planning Award

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Submitting Organisation:

City of Whittlesea

Joint Organisation:

Mitchell Shire Council

Second Joint Organisation:

Hume City Council

Overview:

The Cloverton Regional Community and Recreation Needs Assessment outlines the infrastructure required to service a new community the size of Canberra in Melbourne’s north. It will result in over $300M of economic benefit and the construction of 12 vertical indoor courts, an aquatics centre, four sports fields, six outdoor courts and broader recreation facilities such as playspaces and a performing arts centre. This project resulted in the first ever joint Council meeting and will ensure that Whittlesea, Mitchell and Hume residents have access to quality regional infrastructure in the future.


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Devonport Waterfront Park (Haines Park)

Park of the Year Award

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Submitting Organisation:

ASPECT Studios

Overview:

The Waterfront Park in Devonport is the centrepiece of the second stage of Devonport’s LIVING CITY Masterplan, the largest urban renewal project undertaken in regional Tasmania. The new Park improves the connection between central Devonport and the Mersey River and provides activity and event spaces for the community in the forms of a nature-based playspace, a sculpture park, an amphitheatre, an events lawn, and a waterfront promenade.


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Belvoir Park Stage 2

Playspace Award (greater than $500k)

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Submitting Organisation:

City of Wodonga

Overview:

Belvoir Park Stage 2 takes inspiration from the surrounding environment and encourages people to imagine, slide, ride, climb, stay and explore. It is a place for everyone regardless of age, gender or ability to spend quality time physically and be socially engaged. It is a combination of modern, traditional and natural play elements flowing into each other and embodies the visions for Wodonga’s Playgrounds, Open Spaces and Physical Activity, providing a connected active and passive recreation opportunity.


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Henry Turner South Reserve Pavilion Redevelopment

Community Facility of the Year Award

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Submitting Organisation:

Maribyrnong City Council

Overview:

Co-designed with our community, the new state-of-the-art multipurpose community pavilion at Henry Turner South Reserve in Footscray, replaces the outdated and flood impacted former building. Future proofed to mitigate flood threats, with universal design principles at the forefront, the state-of-the-art facilities deliver an accessible and gender equitable place supporting the growing needs of the local sporting community while also providing flexible spaces for use by the wider community. To ensure that Pavilion usage is maximised, an innovative Facility Management Plan has been implemented.


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Peter Scullin Reserve Playspace Renewal

Playspace Award (greater than $500k)

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Submitting Organisation:

Kingston City Council

Second Joint Organisation:

Leaf Design Studios

Overview:

The Peter Scullin Reserve Playspace Renewal project demonstrates a comprehensive approach to community engagement, inclusivity, and planning, aiming to create a significant and enduring recreational asset for the City of Kingston and the South East Region.


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Abby Freney

David Aldous Emerging Leader Award

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Overview:

Abby leads communications for her team, managing information flow to golf clubs nationwide. She drives a successful intern program, expanding opportunities in Australian golf, leads a Social Media pilot, leveraging data for impact. She manages the "Shifting Courses" video series that highlights community benefits and diverse participation in golf venues and in a local government role, she supports Golf Australia's collaboration with PLA and Local Government. Abby displays versatility, dedication and a drive to continuously improve herself and her team every day.


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Submitting Organisation:

Golf Australia

Joint Organisation:

PGA of Australia

Second Joint Organisation:

SGS Economics and Planning

Overview:

The Australian Golf industry commissioned the Community Benefits of Golf in Australia report to understand the substantial economic, social and environmental benefits that golf contributes to everyday Australia. SGS Economics & Planning implemented a robust methodology that is game changing for the industry. This report quantifies and clarifies a depth of data on how Australians engage with golf and the benefits that flow beyond the spend on an activity (typically the basis of most community impact studies).


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ENJOY MAP for HEALTH

Research Award

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Submitting Organisation:

National Ageing Research Institute

Overview:

Installation of the Seniors Exercise Parks and the supportive programs and activities following six park upgrades resulted in increased older people’s park visitation and engagement in physical activity. The establishment of age-friendly outdoor spaces in six Victorian municipalities has created active parks where older people can gather, exercise, and socialise, fostering healthier communities.


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Brimbank Collective Impact Initiative

Community Based Initiative of the Year Award

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Submitting Organisation:

Brimbank City Council

Overview:

Brimbank Collective Impact Initiative leverages off a large scale industry leading infrastructure investment, to offer services being intentionally designed to provide significant measurable social and health community benefits through the co-location of integrated services that provide preventative health and social services that address local issues through partnerships. This different exemplar approach is critical as decades of standard and widely accepted, health and wellness inventions to date have not altered the intergeneration disadvantage of Brimbank residents.


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Elder Street South Reserve

Environmental Stewardship Award

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Submitting Organisation:

Kingston City Council

Overview:

Elder Street South Reserve forms a section in the long-planned joint State Government/Council project to turn historic landfill areas into a series of linked parks known as the ‘Chain of Parks’. It is a 4-hectare former landfill site in Clarinda, which has been rehabilitated and developed into a park showcasing high quality community facilities and environmental management. Elder Street South Reserve provides an opportunity for the rehabilitation of a highly modified and degraded side into a flourishing community asset.


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Eco Park Active Hub

Playspace Award (greater than $500k)

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Submitting Organisation:

Mornington Peninsula Shire

Overview:

Mount Martha's Eco Park Active Hub is a fresh addition to skatepark infrastructure for the region, offering a dynamic recreational space for both locals and visitors. This modern facility combines elements of eco-conscious design with a state-of-the-art skate park, creating a hub for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.


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Olivia Way Hastings New Playground

Playspace Award (less than $500k)

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Submitting Organisation:

Mornington Peninsula Shire

Overview:

Council has filled the gap in recreation infrastructure provision through delivery of a new, safe, local and accessible outdoor zone for children. Olivia Way Playground allows kids to enjoy both nature-based and traditional play components and is rounded off with a line-marked scooter track looping the entire facility.


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Murrumbeena Park Community Hub

Community Facility of the Year Award

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Submitting Organisation:

Glen Eira City Council

Overview:

Murrumbeena Park Community Hub is a multi-use, inclusive and accessible community facility that meets the growing needs of the tenant sports clubs while also providing opportunities for socialisation and connectivity for community groups and the broader community. The fit for purpose and architecturally designed facility achieves best practice in environmentally sustainable design and will set the benchmark for community facility design into the future.


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Princes Park Playspace Upgrade

Playspace Award (greater than $500k)

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Submitting Organisation:

Glen Eira City Council

Overview:

The Playspace Redevelopment at Princes Park has revitalised one of Glen Eira's most beloved community spaces. The redevelopment is guided by universal design principles, ensuring that the play space caters to individuals of all ages and abilities. This project is a testament to the council's commitment to fostering inclusivity, flexibility, and sustainability within the community.


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Celebrating All Abilities in Kerang

Best Regional / Rural Industry Contribution Award

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Submitting Organisation:

Gannawarra Shire Council

Overview:

In October 2022, Gannawarra Shire Council, located in northwestern Victoria, achieved its goal of installing all abilities infrastructure at Atkinson Park – Kerang’s largest community space. Supported by the Victorian Government, the project involved construction of the Kerang All Abilities Play Space, and delivered the region’s first Changing Places facility.


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Banjo Park

Playspace Award (greater than $500k)

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Submitting Organisation:

ASPECT Studios

Overview:

Banjo Park is the first of seven parks ASPECT Studios is delivering for Mirvac’s Smiths Lane Development in Clyde North; a series of diverse, safe, innovative, and inclusive open spaces, connected by a unified vision. This Park provides an engaging open space and play destination at the heart of a growing community with a culturally sensitive approach developed through early engagement with the site’s Traditional Owners and a focus on educating children and families about the unique landscape in which they live. Banjo Park has been enthusiastically embraced by residents, becoming a regional


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Submitting Organisation:

Cardinia Shire Council

Joint Organisation:

insideEDGE Sport and Leisure Planning

Second Joint Organisation:

Mosaic Insights

Overview:

The concurrent development of Cardinia Shire Council’s Open Space Strategy and Active Cardinia Strategy exemplifies Council’s commitment to ensuring our open spaces and recreation facilities are welcoming and encourage our community to be physically active, supporting their long-term health and wellbeing. Through the implementation of these key strategies, Council will plan, deliver, and maintain enticing and inclusive open spaces and recreation facilities that meet the current and future needs of our community.


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Wesburn Pump Track

Park of the Year Award

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Submitting Organisation:

Yarra Ranges Shire Council

Overview:

Wesburn Pump Track provides a venue for a wide range of wheel-based activities, including biking, scootering, and skateboarding. Features a 440m sealed competition-grade pump track, with two separate areas. the Wesburn Pump Track project has made a significant contribution to the community by encouraging increased participation in recreational activities, stimulating economic activity, and promoting the region as a destination for outdoor recreation.


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