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Rivermark wins at the PIA awards!

Project initiation smoking ceremony

On Friday night our Rivermark project won the ‘Planning with Country’ Award at the WA Planning Institute of Australia Awards! ⁠

The Rivermark development sits on the banks of the Derbal Kerrigan (Swan River) and is a place of cultural significance for Indigenous people. Our client, Hesperia , were keen to ensure that this history was embedded in the design of the new community. ⁠

 

Nick Juniper, Barbara Bynder and Farley Garlett

We worked alongside Karrda, an Aboriginal-owned anthropological consultancy led by Barbara Bynder and Farley Garlett, with close connections with the Noongar community in Perth.

Together our role was to facilitate meaningful engagement with the Noongar community and to develop a series of built environment outcomes and narratives that reflected the cultural history of the site. The jury stated that ‘this work demonstrates how early engagement and reconciliation can play a formative role in the master planning process.’

We are delighted to win this award and also congratulate Hesperia for committing to such a progressive and meaningful approach.

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