Local Governments across the tate are being encouraged to celebrate innovative approaches to place-making within their community, as the State Government launches a new awards program. The New Place Innovation Awards aim to recognise consultative approaches to activating local spaces, or “place-making”, across three different categories of metropolitan Perth and Peel, regional WA and an open category. Place-making is a consultative approach to activating local spaces, stimulating local economies and bringing together planners, community, architects, government, land managers and commercial partners. Local Government Minister David Michael said the new awards hoped to recognise the unwavering efforts of our communities. “Every day Western Australian local governments are responsible for many fantastic, innovative projects that shape our local spaces and build a sense of community and belonging,” he said. “Much of this work goes unnoticed and these awards will assist in raising the profile and importance of place-making initiatives. “I encourage local governments across the State to nominate and be recognised for their efforts.” Nominations are now open, closing on Friday, August 18, with the official ceremony taking place at Crown Perth in September. The awards will be administered by Town Teams — a non-profit organisation that enables communities and governments to connect and generate the “fabric” of their neighbourhood — with support from Department of Local Government, Sports and Cultural Industries. In an Australian first, the DLGSC has engaged Town Teams to deliver place-making training to build the capacity and confidence of local government staff and elected members. The training will incorporate multiple disciplines including urban design, economic development, events and activation, community development, urban planning, arts, engineering, infrastructure and sustainability.