The Melton City Council won the Best Planning Ideas – Large Project category at the Planning Institute of Australia’s Planning Excellence Awards on Friday 4 Nov 2016.
The judges were impressed by the positive outcomes from the study such as the creation of the dry stone wall trail, the interpretative signage panels, the dry stone wall workshops, the showcasing of dry stone walls at prominent civic building sites, the assistance fund that helps people to repair and rebuild their walls, and the development of the dry stone wall amendment that protects significant dry stone walls across the City through the heritage overlay.
DSWAA Committee members Jim Holdsworth (President) and Raelene Marshall were part of the consultant team which prepared the study that led to the work. Jim said:
It was a real team effort from start to finish with the consultant team being very well supported by officers at Melton during our work, and then, with the baton passed, to see the administrative and statutory work so conscientiously carried on by officers is a great acknowledgement of our pioneering efforts.