yanchep lagoon masterplan recognised for consultation excellence

yanchep lagoon masterplan recognised for consultation excellence

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RobertsDay’s Master Plan for Yanchep Lagoon in Perth’s north has been recognised as the best Stakeholder Engagement and Community Planning project of 2019 by the WA Division of the Planning Institute of Australia. 

Rising above a competitive shortlist of eight projects from across the state, the prestigious award reflects the unanimous community support for the final Masterplan and our collaborative design process.

PIA Judges commended the project for "demonstrating the value of early and continual public engagement and its ability to help a previously divided community work collaboratively".

The project's wide range of engagement formats, multiple opportunities for input and innovative visualisation techniques were recognised for achieving an impressive level of engagement and empowering the local community.



Community stakeholders were genuinely engaged as part of the process and, within days, could begin to see a Master Plan that reflected their views and values.


In partnership with our client the City of Wanneroo, we delivered a unique engagement process including digital place mapping, visioning workshops and a design charrette to inform a contextual and comprehensive Master Plan and implementation strategy.

This exemplary engagement process successfully overcame local frustration over past redevelopment in the area, addressed complex environmental constraints and established a vision for Yanchep Lagoon as a place that delights the senses and restores the soul.


“The Yanchep Lagoon Masterplan consultation was incredible. Seeing the concept plans after the two days of public consultation made me feel listened to.

After hearing many people being burnt out on giving an opinion, it was very refreshing to see everybody's concerns and thoughts listened to and implemented in a way that has made the vast majority pleased.

I'm excited to see what comes of the Masterplan in the coming years!”


In contrast to conventional consultation, our active community outreach involved over 5,000 people (more than 50% of the local population), including 8,500 visits to the project website, 11,500 combined reach across social media, 1,595 online map hits, and 300 completed community surveys.

Though a place-led approach, we transformed public sentiment and restored local confidence in the planning process.



The Master Plan re-framed a vision for Yanchep Lagoon by integrating currently disparate beachfront assets and public spaces into a singular coastal destination, with diverse experiences and economic opportunities.


As the recipient of a state award, the Yanchep Lagoon Masterplan will be eligible for the national PIA awards, to be announced at the PIA Congress in Adelaide in 2020. In addition to this recent recognition, the project was previously shortlisted in the London-based City Nation Place Awards for community engagement excellence.

We're proud to have our passion for genuine engagement and collaboration with local stakeholders recognised for the benefits it brings to complex projects. Our thanks to PIA WA and congratulations to all the finalists and winners at this year's awards.

Read the plan in full or contact Placemaking Principal Zanda Cameron to find out more about this project.