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(13/11/17) Community engagement wins prestigious award

The City of Fremantle’s efforts to engage the local community in a discussion about the future of housing have been recognised with a prestigious award.

The City took out the Planning Minister’s Award for The Freo Alternative diverse housing project at the 2017 Planning Institute Australia WA Awards for Excellence on Friday.

In her citation for the award Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said The Freo Alternative project represented a responsive, innovative and contemporary example of a local government undertaking a meaningful community engagement process.

“I believe that effective community engagement provides the opportunity for local governments to develop and enhance their relationships with the community they serve, whilst also ensuring decisions regarding planning are informed by the community’s needs and aspirations,” Ms Saffioti said.

“It is very heartening to see a local government make such a considerable investment in the engagement process and I applaud the whole project team and the Fremantle community at large for their efforts.”

The Freo Alternative project asks local residents for their thoughts on the best ways to provide more diverse and affordable housing in Fremantle.

The first stage of community engagement last year identified eight key themes - such as high sustainability requirements, access to public transport and maintaining open space – which are now being used to inform the City’s planning policies.

A second stage of community consultation is currently underway, with residents having until 2 February 2018 to provide their feedback.

The City of Fremantle’s Strategic Planning manager Paul Garbett said winning the award was a great achievement.

“I’d like to acknowledge the contribution made by the City’s project partners Creating Communities and the Australian Urban Design Research Centre, but more particularly to the in-house team of City staff in the Strategic Planning business unit who worked so hard on designing and carrying out the engagement activities,” Mr Garbett said.

“The award is thoroughly well deserved recognition of this commitment and effort, so well done to them all.”

For more information about The Freo Alternative and to have your say, visit the My Say Freo page on our website.