GreenWay wins

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Inner West Council’s Cooks to Cove GreenWay plan has won the 2019 Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture (AILA) Award of Excellence for Urban Design.

The GreenWay is a 5.8km environmental and active travel corridor linking the Cooks River at Earlwood with the Parramatta River at Iron Cove.

“I am absolutely delighted that our Cooks to Cove GreenWay plan has won the 2019 AILA Award of Excellence,” said Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne.

“This prestigious award is testament to the passion, effort and commitment of everyone involved and their capacity to overcome many challenges along the way.

“It’s no surprise to me that our GreenWay continues to be honoured and praised – the GreenWay will enhance the capacity of the Inner West community to be resilient and withstand some of the local impacts of climate change and urban warming in the 21st century.

“It is such a beautiful asset for the community and will give pleasure and fantastic recreational opportunities for many generations to come,” Mayor Byrne said.

In its citation, AILA said the GreenWay project, first conceived by local communities over the last two decades, heralds the regeneration of such sites into public parkland.

“The design threads together a delightful sequence of spaces that include recreational parkland, ecological restoration areas, and cultural precincts. It will provide pedestrian and cycle connections to adjacent communities and existing parks along the way.

“[The GreenWay] is an exemplar of the proposed Green Grid network throughout the metropolitan area initiated by the Government Architects Office and adopted as part of the Greater Sydney Commission’s plans,” the citation notes.

Lead consultants, McGregor Coxall landscape architects, applied for the award.

The first and highest award in each category is the Landscape Architecture Award of Excellence. It is given to work judged to be the most significant for the ‘Advancement of Landscape Architecture’ in each category.

Council’s GreenWay Program has previously won the Planning Institute of Australia 2018 ‘Hard Won Victory’ Commendation Award, and the inaugural Greater Sydney Planning Award for Great Community Led Project.

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