20 Nov, 2017

City of Adelaide wins Planning Excellence Award

The City of Adelaide has won a Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) SA award for its ‘30 Years of Built Heritage in the City of Adelaide’ project, in the category of ‘Best Planning Ideas – Large Project’.

Held on Friday, 17 November - the annual PIA Awards for Planning Excellence recognise excellence and showcase leading practice across a range of planning disciplines and sectors.

The Awards celebrate, recognise and reward outstanding planning and planners.

The award-winning project incorporates the City of Adelaide’s Heritage Incentive Scheme, which reimburses property owners with part funding for documentation and conservation work of heritage and unlisted historic character places.

The Lord Mayor of Adelaide Martin Haese said he was pleased to see the City of Adelaide’s dedication to protecting heritage rewarded.

“A recent study has estimated a $1.68 return to the SA economy for every dollar invested via the Heritage Incentives Scheme, which is what makes this a worthy investment for the city.

“The Heritage Incentives Scheme has assisted thousands of owners over the years and the fantastic results can be seen in the city’s streets, preserving our history for future generations.

“From the Heritage Incentives Scheme’s humble beginnings of $100,000 available funding in 1988, the 2016/2017 financial year saw $1.04M allocated to 79 conservation projects.

“Some key projects over the 30 years include the Beehive Corner, the Adelaide Mosque minarets, the Beresford Arms, Wests Coffee Palace, Botanic Chambers and Her Majesty’s Theatre.

“I would like to acknowledge the contributions of our citizens, political leaders, and many professionals – including planners – to Adelaide’s heritage.

“The city’s built heritage is an important part of a smart and liveable future for the city and I thank the Planning Institute of Australia for recognising this by conferring this award.”

The City of Adelaide began its comprehensive approach to built heritage management in 1981 following the demolition of some of the city’s landmark buildings.

The aims were to protect, preserve and promote the city’s heritage. This was done through the creation of a City of Adelaide heritage register, followed by the implementation of the Heritage Incentive Scheme.

Over the last 30 years, the initial heritage study has become a highly influential and effective catalyst for raising awareness and appreciation of the city’s heritage. Elements have been adopted by other councils and used as a basis for heritage finding programs in their council areas.

To find out more about the Heritage Incentive Scheme, go to http://www.cityofadelaide.com.au/your-council/funding/heritage-incentive-schemes-his

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Matt Halliwell