Port Lincoln City Council has earned recognition for its Precincts Master Plan project with a pair of awards from the Planning Institute of Australia's South Australian Awards on Friday.
The awards, which recognise excellence from professional planners and planning firms, was held virtually this year via YouTube.
The first award for the category 'Best Planning Ideas - Small Project' in recognition specifically for the implementation of the Tuna Poler Statue, created by renowned local sculptor Ken Martin and which emerged from the Master Plan project.
After this came the big win for 'Planning Minister's Award for Best Planning Project' which was for the entirety of the Master Plan project which covers the Central Business District, Foreshore and Marina precincts.
The council was recognised in both award wins along with project partners Jensen PLUS, Brecknock Consulting, Infraplan and Mr Martin.
Port Lincoln mayor Brad Flaherty said the awards were great news following the many months of work put in.
"It's an absolute pleasure to hear the news of the awards that our council has received for the Master Plan project which was a key body of work over the past 18 months to develop high level concepts for the future of key precincts within the city of Port Lincoln," he said.
In announcing the award Deputy Premier, Attorney General and Planning and Local Government Minister Vickie Chapman commended the council and its project partners for the "tremendous initiative" that was "very innovative and absolutely outstanding" and described the project as "helping to revitalise a key part of our tourist destination in Port Lincoln".
The council's chief executive officer Matthew Morgan said it was an honour to win the two awards, particularly the Planning Minister's Award.
"That says regional cities like Port Lincoln can stand up, put in the hard work, put in thoughtful conditions and planning and innovation in design and can be noticed among other high caliber urban design projects across the state," he said.
The council has already adopted an implementation strategy for the Master Plan and the focus turns to leveraging state and federal government funding.
Mr Morgan said the award wins should help the council in its efforts to obtain funding to help turn the concepts and ideas in the plan into reality.
He said the success at the awards was a testament to work put in by council staff and the project partners, as well as contributions from community members who were engaged and provided feedback throughout the whole process.