Ku-ring-gai Council wins two awards
Published on 28 November 2023
The Council has been recognised for the quality of its community education on extreme weather events and the Lindfield Village Green.
Both awards were announced at separate award presentations in November.
The Council’s Lindfield Village Green project won the ‘Great Place’ excellence award in this year’s Planning Institute of Australia’s annual awards.
According to the PIA, the Great Place award recognises ‘a great place, street or neighbourhood. A great place is one that attracts, inspires and motivates people’.
The Lindfield Village Green won the award based on its aim of providing well located green space in a high use area and innovative features such as water sensitive design and electric charging stations.
The project was further commended for providing an underground car park to shield car owners from excessive heat and the partnership with the NSW Government which provided funding for the commuter car parking.
The Council was again recognised this month in the Resilient Australia Awards for its innovative approach to educating residents on the dangers of bushfires in the local area.
Using the ‘Simtable’, Council staff and RFS volunteers can demonstrate vividly how bushfires start and spread in an unpredictable way in local suburbs. Ku-ring-gai was the first Council in the world to adopt the Simtable into its Climate Wise Communities initiative, a structured community education resilience program delivered in person and online.
Since 2019 the simulator has been successfully used in dozens of community workshops to reinforce the concept of shared responsibility in disasters and the need for residents to have a plan in an emergency situation.
Mayor Sam Ngai said Council staff were to be commended for the focus on innovation in both projects.
“I’m proud that we are continually finding ways to solve problems by thinking outside the box,” he said.
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