Planning excellence

Article image - Planning excellence General Manager Steve McDonald congratulates Strategic Planning Consultant, Graham Gardner and Acting Manager Planning and Environment, Pathum Gunasekara on the award.

The Planning and Environment Department at Muswellbrook Shire Council in New South Wales has been recognised by the Planning Institute of Australia.

The Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Awards for Planning Excellence, which were held in Sydney in November, demonstrate leading practice, leadership and achievement in the planning profession.

The Muswellbrook Shire team was recognised at the ceremony for excellent work and leadership.

Acting Manager Planning and Environment, Pathum Gunasekara, Strategic Planning Consultant Graham Gardner, along with the Local Environment Plan 2009 Review team, received a commendation in the category: Improving Planning Processes and Practices.

The awards recognise excellence and showcase leading practice across a range of planning disciplines and sectors. In all, the Awards are a chance to celebrate, recognise and reward outstanding planning and planners.