Over to residents to design Cronulla's future look

Design for living: A new Cronulla design ideas competition has been launched to revitalise the suburb's CBD. Architects, designers planners and residents are asked to submit their best ideas. Mayor Steve Simpson with (left to right) David Kennedy, Sharon Peaty, Michelle, Mark Aprilovic, Jenny Leonard and Ed Spiteri. Picture John Veage
Design for living: A new Cronulla design ideas competition has been launched to revitalise the suburb's CBD. Architects, designers planners and residents are asked to submit their best ideas. Mayor Steve Simpson with (left to right) David Kennedy, Sharon Peaty, Michelle, Mark Aprilovic, Jenny Leonard and Ed Spiteri. Picture John Veage

SHIRE residents, the future look of Cronulla is in your hands.

Sutherland Shire Council has just launched a competition to revitalise the suburb's heart including Cronulla Plaza, Peryman Square and surrounding areas of the Cronulla central business district.

The council wants to hear from the residents and professional planners on their ideas for a brighter and better Cronulla.

Sutherland Shire mayor Steve Simpson said the ideas generated from the competition would form part of the council's longer-term planning process for the future of the area.

"We're looking for a range of views to help build the community's vision of Cronulla. It will help us build a picture of how people want to use this area and what they want it to become," Councillor Simpson said.

"This is a fantastic opportunity not only for architects, landscape architects and urban planners and urban designers, but also students and residents to get involved in shaping the future of Cronulla."

Entries opened on Wednesday, June 25 with submissions accepted for a six-week period across three categories including professional, student and community.

Prizes will be awarded for each category including $10,000 as first prize for the winning professional entry, plus an opportunity to provide consultant services in preparing a strategic plan for the Cronulla Centre. Second prize in the professional category is $5000.

The winning student entry will receive $1000 plus the offer of a traineeship which involves the student in preparing the strategic plan for the Cronulla Centre. Second prize in the student category is $500.

The community entries will also be eligible for rewards including a $1000 Cronulla Beach CBD gift card for first prize and a $500 CBD gift card for second.

An independent judging panel of leading Australian practitioners in landscape architecture, urban design and architecture will select the winning entries across the categories.

Entries will close at 2pm on Wednesday, August 6, with all entries on exhibition from August 21 to September 10.

Winners, announced on September 13, will be on display for two weeks for the public to vote on a people's choice award.

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