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
pedestrian and cyclist connectivity to the
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
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
The design framework has provided a village heart to a growing urban