The accolades continue to roll in for the Palmwoods Town Square Project, which claimed two more prestigious prizes at the 2018 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects National Awards (AILA) ceremony.
The Sunshine Coast Council project won ‘Civic Landscape’ and ‘Community Contribution’ awards of excellence, adding to the gongs it collected in the same categories at the AILA Queensland awards in July.
Earlier this year the project was also honoured with the Small Scale Place Project Commendation at the 2018 Place Leaders Awards – making it five major awards for the new town square since it was officially opened in March.
Division 5 Councillor Jenny McKay said the national accolades were a tremendous credit to council’s Placemaking program and the Palmwoods community.
“We were the only council design team in Australia to be recognised at these awards,” Cr McKay said.
“In the Civic Landscape category, council received the award for the design and placemaking process it undertook to deliver the new town square. The Community Contribution category award recognised council’s objectives to identify opportunities to activate the new town square, maintain economic vitality during construction.
“So it’s very clear that these awards recognise the long and very successful journey council undertook with the Palmwoods community to deliver a vision. Right from early master planning stages in 2014 council adopted a holistic process to engage with the community and this resulted in a 96% approval rate from the local community.
“These awards are a great recognition of that process council undertook because they take into consideration the economic, social and infrastructure outcomes of the project.”
Homegrown Café owner, Sarah Wright said the success of the town square project was creating plenty of positive buzz within the Palmwoods community.
“To win these national awards is fantastic for the community and especially local businesses because it helps put Palmwoods on the map as an attractive place to come and visit,” she said.
“This project is a great example of the shift towards more green spaces in town planning and it’s terrific that council collaborated with our community right from the beginning, took our aspirations into consideration and enabled us to play a proactive role in shaping the final outcome – which is now loved at a local, state and national level!”
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Palmwoods Town Square Project fast facts:
- From a sloped car park to a vibrant green community space with a boardwalk and 77 new trees – a piece of Palmwoods has been completely transformed by one of council’s most significant infrastructure upgrades from the past year.
- The name of the new town square, Piccabeen Green, reflects the 54 Piccabeen palms which have been planted to line the connecting boardwalk and this name originated from the community.
- The project includes seating, shade and outdoor dining opportunities, and has improved pedestrian links through the town, connecting the three shopping precincts on Margaret, Main and Little Main streets.
- Other features include water bubblers with in-built dog bowls and bespoke art features including seating, historical information, and directional signage.
- Smart city technologies were also installed, including public Wi-Fi and smart lighting.