Project wins accolades
The Porirua Harbour and catchment strategy and action plan has won the Geok Ling Phang Memorial Award for the project’s ‘‘significant contribution’’ in the Wellington region.
The award was from the Wellington branch of the New Zealand Planning Institute and was presented to Porirua Harbour Strategy co-ordinator Keith Calder last Thursday.
‘‘This is an acknowledgement, on a regional level, of best practice multi-agency partnerships and an integrated approach to catchment and estuary management planning,’’ says Mr Calder.
He says the strategy is the product of four years of community and multi-agency consultation.
It provides a framework of action and co-ordination that will improve the health of the harbour and its streams.
‘‘The strategy describes three primary objectives – reduce sedimentation rates, reduce pollutants and restore ecology – and actions being undertaken or planned to meet those object- ives.’’ The strategy was recognised because it highlights the valuable contribution sound planning makes to the quality of where we work, live and play.
It addresses current needs and those of the future, says Phil Gurnsey, Wellington Planning Institute branch chairman.
Geok Ling Phang (nee Lee) was a Wellington town planner who died in an accident in 2009.
This is the third year the Memorial Award has been presented.