UniSA student commended at the Planning Institute of Australia Awards

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The Planning Institute of Australia's SA Awards for Planning Excellence 2019 took place on Friday November 15 at Adelaide's Hilton Hotel and recognised projects, programs, research, initiatives, ideas and individuals who are delivering excellence in planning in South Australia. A long-running institution, the PIA was established in 1951 to serve planning professionals and promote planning as a profession. 

University of South Australia student Dorothy Hepburn (Masters of Urban and Regional Planning) was awarded a commendation in the Outstanding Studen Project - Tertiary category. The Award regonises outstanding planning work by a tertiary student. It is awarded for a substantial project, report, book, thesis, article or piece of research which makes a significant contribution to planning and development outcomes.

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Dorothy Hepburn (centre) with Kym Pryde RPIA, PIA SA President (left), and Simon Tonkin MPIA Fellow, MasterPlan SA

The commended project is titled Aboriginal Heritage as a Pathway to Reconciliation: An analysis of the voices and viewpoints within current heritage legislation of the Commonwealth, Northern Territory and South Australian govenrments. The judges' citation highlighted the project's significant social and cultural importance, stating "this study is a wake-up call to legislators, who have ignored cultural protocol of knowledge sharing and lore; the secret and the sacred, in drafting traditional European-based heritage protection legislation ... the study supported the need for increased awareness of, and consideration for Aboriginal voices in planning built environment and heritage protection across the planning profession."

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