2020 PIA Awards for Planning Excellence are OPEN!

The 2020 Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Awards for Planning Excellence season has begun! 

From NOW up until 25 August, you will be able to submit the fantastic projects you have been working on in the past year to your state/territory awards program.

The Awards are an opportunity for planners to share achievements and celebrate the value planning brings to our communities. Participating in the Awards is also an important way planners can demonstrate commitment to advancing the profession. For organisations involved in planning, the Awards are a chance to be publicly recognised for their achievements, and to showcase leading practice across a range of planning disciplines and sectors.

The Heart Foundation is delighted to have Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia all offering the Healthy Active by Design Award in 2020!

This Award recognises projects that support and promote healthy and active living, with the intent to increase the community’s physical activity and/or other health outcomes in the built environment.    

As the sponsor of the award, we advocate for environments that promote and support physical activity and heart-health outcomes. In collaboration with a number of stakeholders, including PIA, the Heart Foundation supports the creation of healthy built environments to get more Australians healthy and active. The built environment in which we live, work and play has a critical role in shaping our health.

Rockhampton CBD Redevelopment - Queensland

Our HAbD resources focus on how the built environment supports physical activity (to reduce obesity and the risk of heart disease), social interaction (to reduce risk of mental illness, particularly depression), and the availability of healthy food (to reduce obesity and risk of heart disease). HAbD is structured around 8 key design features that can assist planners, urban designers, related professionals and those in decision making roles to facilitate a built environment that enables people to lead healthy and active lifestyles in their community. These design features are not discrete but highly interrelated and include health impacts, evidence summaries, case studies, checklist, policies and best practice examples. 

The HABD Award seeks to recognise exceptional design projects or policy/research initiatives which demonstrate how these HABD design features have been applied in its successful delivery.  As such, applicants will need to frame their application to feature at least three of these design features in their submission.

Chances are if you have a current HAbD case study you may be eligible to nominate for this award.

For further details and to start a new simplified online nomination for your respective state, please visit the site for QueenslandVictoria or Western Australia.

Good luck to all nominees!

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