PIA National Congress report

The PIA National Congress is the biggest event in the Planning sector calendar. As such, it is also a key event for wider industry of related built environment professions, with attendance from associated disciplines including urban design, landscape architecture, architecture as well as developers, real estates, local councils, State and Federal Governments etc. The event was very well attended; with 727 delegates attending in total, which definitely kept us busy at our exhibition booth!

PRESENTATION: – The Heart Foundation ACT Living Coordinator and partners from Environment. Sustainable, Planning and Development Directorate(EPSDD)(ACT Government), Karen Wright Projects and Anthony Burton & Associates, delivered an excellent interactive presentation that outlined the success of working collaboratively over 9 years to achieve the notable inclusion of Active Living Principles into the ACT Territory Plan (ACT’s statutory planning document).

A.C.T. FINALIST IN National AWARDS for Planning EXCELLENCE 2019:
The ACT ‘Active Living Program and Incorporating Active Living Principles into the Territory Plan’ (Project Team: Heart Foundation, Anthony Burton & Associates, EPSDD, Karen Wright Projects) was short-listed for a national award, in the category of “Improving Planning Processes and Practices”.
As this project won the State/Territory level award in this category in the ACT, the initiative was put forward for the National PIA Award. Although the ‘Active Living Program – Incorp. AL Principles into the TP’ did not win with their category, it was a great achievement to be shortlisted, bringing great coverage and precedent of the importance of embedding Active Living into the planning system. Congratulations to the national winner - ‘Simplifying offset delivery’, by the City of Gold Coast Council, Queensland.

Healthy Active by Design study tour workshop/‘walkshop’:
­Our Heart Foundation team were proud to lead a group of 25 PIA Congress delegates on a HAbD study tour that examined HAbD ‘design features’ in action, around Broadbeach on the Gold Coast. Events in public open spaces and temporary closure of some streets for the Broadbeach Blues Festival enriched the tour even further.

A sincere thanks to Jack Bryce, from the City of Gold Coast Council, who greatly added value by providing additional local expert input into the forum.

Missed out? Download our tour map and see Broadbeach through a Healthy Active by Design lens on a self-guided walk!

Want to do your own walking tour of Broadbeach? Download our map!

Case studies from the area