Muswellbrook Shire Council’s planning and environment department wins major award

WELL DONE: Muswellbrook Shire Council general manager Steve McDonald congratulates strategic planning consultant Graham Gardner and acting manager planning and environment Pathum Gunasekara on the award.
WELL DONE: Muswellbrook Shire Council general manager Steve McDonald congratulates strategic planning consultant Graham Gardner and acting manager planning and environment Pathum Gunasekara on the award.

MUSWELLBROOK Shire Council is in celebration mode.

The Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Awards for Planning Excellence demonstrate leading practice, leadership and achievement in the profession.

And, council’s planning and environment department’s excellent work was acknowledged at the annual presentation ceremony in Sydney last week. 

Acting manager planning and environment Pathum Gunasekara, strategic planning consultant Graham Gardner, along with the Local Environment Plan 2009 Review team, received a commendation in the category: Improving Planning Processes and Practices.

“The awards recognise excellence and showcase leading practice across a range of planning disciplines and sectors,” Muswellbrook Shire Council general manager Steve McDonald said.

“Leadership in planning, particularly in the face of adversity, is acknowledged and applauded.

“In all, the awards are a chance to celebrate, recognise and reward outstanding planning and planners.”