Keeping Our Local Centres Thriving

The Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Awards for Planning Excellence Queensland were held earlier this month, announcing Place Design Group as the winner for Best Planning Ideas – Small Project for the Latrobe and Given Terraces Place Strategy and Activation Took Kit.

The annual PIA Awards demonstrate leading practice, leadership and achievement in the planning profession. Planning strengthens communities, facilitates economic development and improves the choices available for where and how people live and work.


The brains behind the Latrobe and Given Terraces Place Strategy and Activation Tool Kit were Place Design Group, CEO, Beth Toon and Principal Consultant Erin Ashford. “Keeping our local centres, thriving, vibrant and economically sustainable is one of the most important challenges facing the planning industry at present. They are the hearts and hubs of local life, and the planning industry is being forced to find new ways to advance our thinking and approach to planning in these critical, local settings,” says Mrs Toon.

With COVID-19 changing the way we live, work and play, it has become clear that retail, hospitality, property and the arts in particular are industries that have been hard hit,” says Mrs Ashford. And in the case of city fringe centres such as Latrobe and Given Terraces, these are the core services and offerings that make up the historic place fabric and vibrancy of Brisbane’s much-loved Latrobe and Given Terraces precincts.

So how do we as the planning industry, empower local communities to save our centres, and keep them humming?

The Latrobe and Given Terraces Precinct Strategy and Activation Tool Kit was the first of its kind for Brisbane’s struggling local centres. It’s an exciting, new, highly-localised precinct planning model for creating brighter futures for our cities local centres.


For more information on Place Strategy and Precinct Activation, please contact our specialist directly.


Beth Toon, Place Design Group

Beth Toon 

CEO | Executive Director