WA Awards Submissions

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Launching the WA Tree Festival

Community Based Initiative of the Year Award

WA

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Submitting Organisation:

City of Stirling

Overview:

The WA Tree Festival, is a groundbreaking State-wide celebration of trees and the natural environment, that soared to new heights under the driving force and continued leadership of the City of Stirling in 2023. It has now been firmly established as the annual Local Government sector's flagship community awareness and education initiative for trees.


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Submitting Organisation:

City of Gosnells

Overview:

The Southern and Canning Rivers provide vital ecosystem services. With much riparian vegetation along the rivers being degraded, restoration is key. This project is the first stage in restoring 10.3ha of riparian vegetation along the Southern River where it meets the Canning. When the project started, 80% of the site was in a degraded state, full of invasive weeds, and low cover and diversity of native species. Through significant weed control and revegetation works, weed cover has been greatly reduced across the site, and 2ha transformed from 100% Arum Lily to native sedgeland.


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City of Stirling - Community Infrastructure Plan 2023-2033

Strategic and Master Planning Award

WA

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Submitting Organisation:

City of Stirling

Overview:

The City of Stirling is leading the way by taking a strategic and holistic approach to the provision of community infrastructure. The Community Infrastructure Plan adds a new layer of intelligence to our approach to our best-practice Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework. While our 10-year Strategic Community Plan – ‘Sustainable Stirling 2022-2032’ – sets out our broad vision and key result areas, our Community Infrastructure Plan forms an integral component, establishing future infrastructure needs and delivering upon our new vision.


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City of Rockingham Beach Access Path Plan

Strategic and Master Planning Award

WA

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Submitting Organisation:

City of Rockingham

Joint Organisation:

Tredwell Management Services

Overview:

The City of Rockingham has collaborated with Tredwell Management, to develop a comprehensive Beach Access Path Plan. Covering approximately 37km of coastline across various foreshore reserves, the plan addresses the recreational, conservation, and commercial needs of the community. The vision for the Beach Access Path Plan is to establish a sustainable and accessible network of paths that enables visitors and locals to explore the city's coastline confidently and safely. This vision underscores the plan's commitment to fostering community well-being and preserving the natural environment.


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Calista Bike Skills Track

Playspace Award (less than $500k)

WA

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Submitting Organisation:

City of Kwinana

Overview:

The Calista Bike Skills Track is designed to teach young children traffic rules through play. Its purpose it to increase children’s safety and confidence to navigate traffic as cyclists and pedestrians and to empower them to choose active transport. It is located at Calista Oval, which is already home to the Kwinana Adventure Park and the Edge Skatepark and is nestled amongst mature trees, which provide natural shade. The project was funded by the State Government through DLGSC, the City of Kwinana and the RAC and has been received very positively by local families and schools.


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Town of Victoria Park

Overview:

The Kent Street Verge community planting showcases the Town's commitment to "innovative and empowered people" through a community collaborative greening. Leveraging local skills and networks, the project fosters social, health, and environmental benefits, aligning with the award-winning Urban Forest Strategy. Hundreds of residents have engaged in planning and participated in events which contribute to a greener, and healthier Victoria Park.


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Summer Lovin

Community Based Initiative of the Year Award

WA

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Submitting Organisation:

City of Bunbury

Overview:

The Summer Lovin initiative addressed one of the City of Bunbury’s priority area of “supporting more community driven events that activate the CBD”, by partnering with community and businesses to deliver events that increase pride and a sense of belonging in the community and promotes Bunbury as a hub of culture and creativity.


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Craigie Leisure Centre Refurbishment

Community Facility of the Year Award

WA

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Submitting Organisation:

City of Joondalup

Overview:

Craigie Leisure Centre is a modern, spacious and aesthetically pleasing venue. Due to significant investment by the City and State Government it is considered one of the premier community leisure and aquatic facilities in Western Australia. Keeping pace with industry trends, the community can now access a state of the art inclusive facility supporting physical and mental health and well-being. Accessible features, high-tech gym equipment and increased exercise space supports over 150 classes each week. Success is confirmed by a 56% increase in memberships, that was not forecast until 2028.


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Tomato Lake All-abilities playground

Playspace Award (less than $500k)

WA

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Submitting Organisation:

City of Belmont

Overview:

The City of Belmont Tomato Lake playground demonstrates the City’s commitment to creating spaces that are accessible, inclusive, and liveable for all. The playground incorporates sensory elements, wheelchair-friendly designs, and traditional play equipment, designed to cater to a wide range of abilities. By providing a space that fosters social interaction, physical activity and imaginative play, the City has created an environment where all children, regardless of ability, can thrive together.


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Baldivis Sports Complex

Community Facility of the Year Award

WA

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Submitting Organisation:

City of Rockingham

Overview:

Following rigorous planning, consultation and design the Baldivis Sports Complex vision was realised. The Baldivis Sports Complex is an innovative, contemporary, multipurpose sport and recreation facility that accommodates the interest and diverse needs of current and future generations. The Baldivis Sports Complex is the City’s largest ever investment to community infrastructure, and provides a wide array of formal and informal recreation opportunities maximising participation and social interaction, which significantly contribute towards improving the health and wellbeing of the community.


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Christmas in Mandurah 2023

Community Based Initiative of the Year Award

WA

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Submitting Organisation:

City of Mandurah

Overview:

The 2023 Christmas in Mandurah series of events presented by Ray White Mandurah was bigger and better than ever before. A free event of 30 larger-than-life light installations, roving, and live entertainment and community showcases around every corner, was enjoyed by over 100,000 people across 38 days, viewed by land and by water, showcasing the idyllic waterways and relaxed lifestyle Mandurah offers. Amplified by the beautiful iconic and unique Mandurah Canal Christmas lights with jaw-dropping water reflections, visitors were encouraged to immerse themselves in the festive experience.


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Data collection done easy

Best Use of Technology Award

WA

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Submitting Organisation:

City of Gosnells

Overview:

The use of the ArcGIS Field Maps app demonstrates an effective implementation of simple, accessible modern technology to greater assist users across the organization record, access, analyse and share information. The app allows for the collection of data across a range of assets, including trees and other non-traditional asset classes. The cloud-based storage and ability to simply access the software as well as provide licences to a range of contractors leads to improved customer service, decision-making and operational effectiveness.


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Mandurah City Centre Waterfront Project

Strategic and Master Planning Award

WA

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Submitting Organisation:

City of Mandurah

Overview:

The Mandurah City Waterfront Project sees the revitalisation of the Mandurah foreshore as part of our long term strategic commitment and community vision with a strong focus on Economic, Social, Health, and Environment, underpinned by Organisation Excellence.The City of Mandurah sees the revitalisation of the Mandurah Foreshore as an opportunity to deliver an iconic foreshore that meets our community vision and strategic objectives across the Economic, Social, Health, Environment and Organisational Excellence focus areas defined in our Strategic Community Plan (2020-2040). The project aims to


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SWIM SAFETY SESSIONS FOR MULTICULTURAL WOMEN

Community Based Initiative of the Year Award

WA

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Submitting Organisation:

Armadale Fitness and Aquatic Centre (City of Armadale)

Overview:

Swim Safety sessions for multicultural women. A program which provides female attendees with a welcoming environment to create a greater level of water familiarisation in the CALD community.


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Waroona Community Precinct

Best Regional / Rural Industry Contribution Award

WA

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Submitting Organisation:

EPCAD Pty Ltd

Overview:

The Waroona Community Precinct is a prime example of a regional rejuvination initiative that has at its centre, community involvement. It is a succesfull hub in the centre of this small town that reflects the regions unique history and reflects its confident future. The project has rapidly been adopted by the community and has a range of activities being planned and activated in its early development. It may not be high design but it is truly an product of community engagement at all levels and throughout its creation.


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Greening the City of Perth

Environmental Stewardship Award

WA

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Submitting Organisation:

City of Perth

Overview:

As the key custodian of the public realm, the City acknowledges its fundamental role in protecting, promoting, and enhancing urban greening. Green open spaces connect the City’s residents and visitors with Perth’s unique natural beauty and deliver a range of benefits for our community’s physical and mental well-being and the overall liveability, landscape character, biodiversity, and climate resilience of our city. The City has sought to implement a number of initiatives that help green our locality, improve climate resilience, and ensure sustainability now and into the future.


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Brewing Inclusivity - Kwinana Recquatic Social Enterprise Café

Community Based Initiative of the Year Award

WA

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Submitting Organisation:

Kwinana Recquatic - City of Kwinana

Overview:

The Good Thanks Café, a pioneering partnership between Kwinana Recquatic and Good Sammy, transformed the traditional café model into a social enterprise that champions inclusivity and community well-being. By employing individuals with disabilities and focusing on sustainable operations, this first-of-its-kind initiative in a local government recreation center has become a beacon of diversity and inclusion, providing significant social and economic benefits to the Kwinana community.


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Cannington Leisureplex Women's Wellness Sessions

Community Based Initiative of the Year Award

WA

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Submitting Organisation:

City Of Canning

Overview:

The City of Canning's Women's Wellness Sessions offer a unique opportunity for women to enjoy a well-rounded and active lifestyle. Staffed entirely by women, the sessions provide a safe and welcoming space for women to enjoy swimming, working out and socialising in a private and secure setting.The sessions provide full access to a range of fitness activities, including: swimming, gym and gym classes and social sports.


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Fit 4 All

Community Based Initiative of the Year Award

WA

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Submitting Organisation:

City of Canning

Overview:

Fit 4 All is a specialised fitness, games and activities program for those with an intellectual disability and their support workers. Physical activity has many benefits that can improve physical and emotional health. It can also build self-esteem and confidence. The program is designed to improve fitness, strength, balance, and coordination. It offers a safe social environment for participants and support workers. Activities include: exercise circuits ball skills gym-type activities use of gymnastics equipment specialized equipment from WA Disabled Sports Association. Fit 4 All is run on


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Submitting Organisation:

SpacetoCo

Joint Organisation:

City of Cockburn

Overview:

The City of Cockburn & SpacetoCo are delighted to share this joint entry for the PLA Awards of Excellence 2024. The results of our partnership have seen City bookings grow by 25% whilst also achieving a 62% reduction in customer calls to the City’s recreation team. All this has been accomplished in the first 12 months. Our collaboration has seen a tangible return on the vision for provisioning community facilities in the first place. Achieving more bookings whilst reducing admin time makes this a worthy entry of innovation for the industry in delivering community benefit through facility use.


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East Cottesloe Nature Play Trail

Playspace Award (less than $500k)

WA

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Submitting Organisation:

Nature Based Play

Overview:

Discover this active nature play trail transformed from an under utilised railway reserve between two older playgrounds. Now offering nature play opportunities for all ages, from the imaginative toddler section to the thrilling "Timbersaurus" climbing structure, every corner invites exploration and adventure. Follow the weaving crushed stone pathway scattered with small pockets of nature play on a journey of fun and discovery. Surrounded by lush greenery, over 1700 new plants, and established trees, immerse yourself in this extraordinary playground and connect with nature.


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Alkimos Beach Foreshore and Bathers Park

Park of the Year Award

WA

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Submitting Organisation:

Emerge Associates

Overview:

The Alkimos Beach Foreshore and Bathers Park have achieved the goal of retaining and enhancing the existing coastal dune ecosystem and providing exemplar amenity for the local community. Alkimos Beach is the first BeachSAFE community, with its own Surf Life Saving Club that provides family water education programs and the area’s only patrolled beach. Bathers Park has been developed in partnership with Surf Lifesaving WA and provides a sand training area, volleyball nets, a turfed amphitheatre and a surf lifesaving themed play area. A plaza with three phase power provides an event location.


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Kylie Van Uden

David Aldous Emerging Leader Award

WA

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Overview:

Kylie Van Uden is one of the most impressive emerging leaders in the Parks Industry today. Kylie has risen from a horticultural apprentice to Technical Officer over the past decade and has a demonstrated track record of personal and professional drive, ambition and success. She actively takes on new challenges, has a hunger for learning and is passionate about her ability to contribute to the Parks sector. Whether its leading teams, mentoring apprentices or sitting on PLA Councils or judging panels Kylie demonstrates what it takes to be an emerging leader in the Parks industry.


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Landscape Elements

Overview:

“The Oval”, the first of three neighbourhoods delivered through the Subi East project, is revitalising a WA icon – Subiaco Oval. Demolition of the old stadium provided a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to reimagine inner-city living, with design of the public realm placing people and environment first. The 4.1ha park area (the oval playing surface and surrounding parkland) raises the bar on provision of all-inclusive community assets and offers unprecedented heritage learning experiences with a dual focus on Whadjuk Noongar heritage and WA football history.


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Koorlangka Waabiny Park

Park of the Year Award

WA

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Submitting Organisation:

City of Gosnells

Overview:

Koorlangka Waabiny Park (Noongar for “Children Playing”) demonstrates how local governments have the ability to produce fantastic open space outcomes by taking a proactive approach to previously degraded sites by adopting a progressive mindset and authentically engaging with First Nation groups and the surrounding community to weave long standing cultural stories into the design and development of open spaces that everyone can enjoy.


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