Top students are planning for success

31 May 2017

University of Queensland urban and regional planning students have been honoured this month at a Queensland Parliament House ceremony. 

Deputy Premier and Minister for Planning Jackie Trad and Medina Handley  from the Planning Institute of Australia  presented awards to the most outstanding students in each year of  the Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning and the overall best thesis in the UQ Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours) program.

UQ School of Earth and Environmental Sciences Professor Neil Sipe said students had demonstrated the commitment, hard work and dedicated attitudes sought by the planning profession.

“Students were recognised in front of their parents, friends and family and industry leaders who joined in celebrating the achievements of our most talented students,” he said.

Queensland’s leading planning practitioners and academics attended the ceremony, which was followed by an afternoon tea with the awards winners.  

Prof Sipe congratulated the award winners and said he hoped that all Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning were inspired by their achievements.

He said both the Bachelor and the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning programs are accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia, which meant that on graduation, students can practise as town planners.

Award winners are:

Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning

  • Julius Frias, Best performance overall program, Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning (BRTP)
  • Henry Kassay, Best third year performance BRTP
  • Olivia Nesbitt, Best second year performance BRTP
  • Anna Wilkinson, Best first year performance BRTP
  • Laura Harvey, student bursary for secondary school students undertaking planning courses at university

Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning (Honours)

  • Michael O’Connor, for his thesis: ‘Opportunities for introducing land value capture to finance line haul public transport in South East Queensland’