Council scoops up trans-Tasman geospatial award
Waipā District Council has scooped up yet another major award for its first spatial plan - this time against competitors from across the ditch.
Ahu Ake – Waipā Community Spatial Plan has won the Community Impact category at the 2022 Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards held in Australia on 12 May 2023.
Council won the same award when they were up against New Zealand competitors in November last year and for Waipā District Council strategy group manager Kirsty Downey, this award ‘really takes the cake’.
“This is an incredible achievement, not only have we won on the New Zealand stage but now we have won against our Australian competitors which shows we are truly leading the way and planning in the best way we can for the future of our district.”
The Community Impact award recognises unique contributions the geospatial industry has had on people and communities.
Council was up against five other finalists in this category with projects including the development of a climate risk webmap, 3D coastline monitoring and ensuring the quality of Melbourne’s drinking water.
The award follows the roll out of Council’s biggest community engagement roadshow which saw Council staff and elected members visiting 11 towns and villages to talk about what’s important to the community for the future of their district.
“This award shows that we continue to be on the right track with our planning approach. The real success of this plan though will come down to the community input we receive.
“We’ve committed heavily to making sure the community is involved because it’s critical our planning is underpinned by real community insights. We’ve been blown away by the feedback we’ve received so far and look forward to talking with the community further through formal consultation so we can finalise the plan.”
More information about the project can be found at www.ahuakewaipa.nz.