GreenWay wins national award
Monday, 4 November 2019
Inner West Council’s Cooks to Cove GreenWay plan has won the AILA 2019 National Landscape Architecture Award for Urban Design.
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects 2019 National Awards were announced last week.
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 want to congratulate everyone involved for winning this prestigious national award,” said Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne.
“It’s a testament to the passion, effort, commitment and foresight of community members and Council staff,” he said.
“The GreenWay will connect the whole Inner West, from Cooks River to Iron Cove, with a pedestrian, cycling and biodiversity corridor.
“It will feature beautiful parks and natural areas, sporting facilities and cultural and historical sites.
“No wonder the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects decided to honour and recognise such a great example of green infrastructure – a project that will delight many generations to come,” Mayor Byrne said.
In its Jury citation, AILA said:
“This project delivers a new benchmark for regenerating under-utilised blue-green infrastructure corridors. It links Cooks River to Iron Cove on Sydney Harbour with 5.8 kilometres of park, threading together a delightful sequence of recreational parkland, ecological restoration areas and cultural precincts.
“The jury acknowledged the magnitude of community consultation and the meaningful involvement of volunteers and council staff. The combination of active transport, environmental performance and cultural enhancement elevates the project from standard infrastructure delivery to a comprehensive placemaking initiative.”
Council’s GreenWay Program has previously won the Planning Institute of Australia 2018 ‘Hard Won Victory’ Commendation Award, the 2019 Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture (AILA) Award of Excellence for Urban Design (NSW Chapter), and the inaugural Greater Sydney Planning Award for Great Community Led Project.
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