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Collective vision for Shire’s future captures prestigious award

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale’s vision for a sustainable, prosperous and inclusive future community that retains a connection...

5 December 2017
Planning Institute of Australia Award Group Photograph

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale’s vision for a sustainable, prosperous and inclusive future community that retains a connection to nature has been recognised at the Planning Institute of Australia (WA) Awards for Excellence 2017.

In front of dignitaries at Crown Perth, the Shire’s SJ2050 visioning process captured an Award for Planning Excellence for its innovative approach to overcoming planning challenges and the application of planning tools which offered significant benefit to the community.

SJ2050 was released in August 2016 following extensive consultation with residents and community representatives from the following areas:

  1. Community Groups and Non-for Profits;
  2. Environmental and Heritage Groups;
  3. Business, Industry and Developer Representatives;
  4. Education Committees and Sporting Clubs; and
  5. Primary Producers.

The process sought to capture the values and aspirations of those living in Australia’s fastest growing local government area, while mapping out a shared vision for the future.

Shire President Cr Michelle Rich said the award was one the entire community could be proud of.

“SJ2050 represents the collective vision of the Shire and our residents, so this award is testament to the aspirations and expectations of all those involved in the consultation process,” Cr Rich said.

“Our future is filled with opportunity, however, with opportunity comes challenges. One of the Shire’s main focusses is on meeting the needs of an additional 100,000 people by 2050 in such a way that protects our sense of community and way of life.

“SJ2050 acknowledges these challenges and provides a framework for addressing them. It is focussed on the bigger picture and this award from the Planning Institute of Australia reinforces that, together, we are on the right path.”

The SJ2050 process began by identifying core values that have historically shaped the community and the wider region. These values, together with an analysis of key challenges, were used to inform a series of community consultation workshops where input was sought into the planning process.

Using the community’s values and aspirations as a framework, nine outcomes were established. Each outcome seeks to improve the quality of life for current and future residents under the key themes of;

  • People
  • Place
  • Prosperity

You can read the SJ 2050 document in full below.

  • Planning Institute of Australia Award Group Photo

    Planning Institute of Australia Award - Group Photo

L:R Belinda Ohle - Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale, Deon van der Linde - Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale, Evi Elzinga – Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale, Andre Schonfeldt - Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale, Shannon O’Shea - Hames Sharley, Cr Dave Atwell - Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale, Rob Casella - Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale, Naden Scarfone - Hames Sharley, Shakira Everett - Hames Sharley, Lauren Dujmovic - Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale