Lara’s top design recognised at industry award night

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

We were recognised by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) for our delivery of our innovative and ambitious plan for Lara’s centre at the Awards for Planning Excellence 2016.

Implementation of the UDF enabled an expanded commercial footprint of the Lara town centre to meet the local shopping needs of a growing community including:

  • much needed investment in Austin Park to create a green village heart

  • a new bowling club

  • streetscape upgrades

  • pedestrian and cyclist connectivity to the railway station

  • a new skate park, playground and public events space.

Implementing the UDF was a complex process that required perseverance from both Council and the community to resolve complicated issues including the closure and realignment of a major road and land transfers between the state, council and commercial landowners.

A significant component the project involved bringing together diverse stakeholders and encouraging collaboration. Contributions of the Lara community including the Lara Chamber of Commerce and the state government were vital to the project.

The expansion of Lara’s town centre has also resulted in a significant improvement in community services and facilities.

Lara’s town centre is now a  vibrant, active and a pleasant place to meet and do business.


Tim Hellsten - Manager Planning Strategy and Urban Growth

“This collaborative approach has facilitated investment in Lara’s town centre, improved local business and created many local jobs.
Implementing the design framework has improved the town’s streetscape and public spaces, and better connected central Lara to the local railway station.
The design framework has provided a village heart to a growing urban centre.”