Winners announced!23rd May, 2016
Marrickville Public School has been announced as the winner of My Park Rules - an initiative of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) and 202020 Vision. The school worked with the landscape architect team at Tract Consultants to develop their design. The school and its surrounding community will be the beneficiaries of a new $100,000 park, developed with in-kind support and donated materials from our generous supporters and partners.
The high profile Jury of landscape and urban greening experts, including Lucy Turnbull AO, awarded Marrickville as the winning finalist as they felt, “The community of students, staff and parents illustrated how the creation of a shared vision can also be a call to arms to ‘be the change you want to see in the world’,” said Jury Chair, Kylie Legge from Place Partners.
“I could not think of a more deserving winner than this school community. Teachers, students, parents and neighbouring residents have dreamt big and pulled together to make this happen. It’s so heartening to see hard work and creativity pay off and the whole community is delighted for Marrickville Public!” said MP State Member for Summer Hill, Jo Haylen.
The Jury was also strongly compelled by the story behind Northern Territory state finalist, Alice Outcomes of Centralian Senior College (teamed with CLOUSTON Associates) and decided to award a special Jury’s Prize to the Alice Springs school.
The public and the industry can also support this project through by visiting this crowd-funding page the school has established to bring this project to life.
Finally, the Jury awarded a Highly Commended prize to Western Australia’s finalist Highgate Primary School (partnered with UDLA). Kylie Legge said, “The Highgate submission provides a model for other schools facing external pressures from local population growth; illustrating that schools can be proactive in developing their own strategic vision for change”.
From here, My Park Rules is working towards an industry and community crowd-funding plan to build all of these parks, “We conducted this project around the country resulting in 100 entrants and over 35,000 public votes showing support for the initiative. What we have ended up with is not just eight parks that need to be built, but instead hundreds around the country,” said Shahana McKenzie, CEO of AILA.