City of Melbourne & City of Sydney Share Major Planning Award
31 March 2009
The Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) has bestowed its coveted President’s Award
jointly on the City of Melbourne and the City of Sydney for their separate leadership roles in advancing national agendas of sustainability, transport planning and social infrastructure in major cities.
The Award, presented yesterday evening – Monday 30 March 2009, at the PIA’s 2009 Annual Congress in Darwin, is for both the Future Melbourne Community Plan and the Sustainable Sydney 2030 Vision.
Although regarded as traditional rivals, Melbourne and Sydney both recognise the vital need for sustainable development in the physical environment, the economy, society and culture. The award highlights that the cities have addressed these issues with bold ideas and good governance.
Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said that he was delighted the Planning Institute of Australia had recognised both cities for their unique approaches to developing a community driven plan for the future of both cities.