Commission sponsors inaugural Planning for Children and Young People excellence award
09 Aug 2012
The Commissioner is now calling for nominations for this very important award, offered for the first time as part of the prestigious Planning Institute of Australia’s NSW Planning Excellence Awards.
“The Commission is very pleased to be sponsoring such an important recognition of planning for children and young people, based on the input of children and young people.
“Projects that enhance children’s enjoyment of, and interaction with, the built environment help them develop as healthy and resourceful members of the community.
“As the major sponsor for this award, the Commission encourages the nomination of projects that involve children and young people in decision making, that strengthen kids’ ability to explore their neighbourhoods and communities and to make connections with others, and that otherwise support their health and well-being,” Ms Mitchell said.
Participants have until 28 September to nominate an innovative planning design that succeeds in promoting built environments that are good for children and young people, and recognise their rights as citizens in the development and use of cities and towns. A shortlist of finalists will be published in October with award winners announced at a special event in November.
Nominees may include government, business or non-government organisations engaged in planning, design, development, research or policy relevant to children and young people’s use of the built environment.
“We commend those planners who are incorporating the views and needs of children and young people in their work and are very proud to be recognising them on behalf of children and young people, particularly in this inaugural award,” Ms Mitchell said.
The Commission produces publications and seminars to support the development of built environments that reflect the needs of children and young people, including the planning resource kit built4kids and the current four-part seminar series Beyond Playgrounds and Skate Parks. For more information and to register for the fourth and final seminar, go to www.kids.nsw.gov.au and click on Built Environment Seminars.
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