First years shine at Planning Awards

Six first year students studying Planning at La Trobe have jumped ahead to receive awards that usually go to final year students.

Cyclist/bikeBachelor of Urban, Rural and Environmental Planning students Janine Coffey, Amanda Ellis, Allistair Krause, Aroa Mateu, Whitney Nankervis and Stuart Taylor were recognised in the annual Planning Excellence 2013 Victorian Awards, presented by the Planning Institute of Australia.

Their project plan for a bicycle path from La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus to the Bendigo Hospital was awarded a Commendation in the Outstanding Tertiary Student Project - Borrie Prize.

The awards celebrate leading practice, leadership and achievement in planning.

Associate Professor Trevor Budge said that it is highly unusual for first year students to succeed in the awards, given that the awards are normally fought out between fourth year and postgraduate students.

‘Recognition by the peak industry association is a major achievement for our first year students,’ said Associate Professor Budge. ‘It also indicates that our program is able to provide students with quality opportunities for study and achievement.’

The Community Planning and Development Program at La Trobe University Bendigo has three courses including the Bachelor of Urban, Rural and Environmental Planning, Master of Spatial Planning, Management and Design and Master of Community Planning and Development. 

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