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Note to staff

31 October 2014


CUSP wins at international awards

I am pleased to advise that a joint ARC Linkage project by the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP) and the City of Greater Geraldton (CGG) has won three categories at the recent International Association of Public Participation Australasia Awards.

The project, Transitions to a Sustainable City, Geraldton WA: An applied study into co-creating sustainability through civic deliberation and social media, won the flagship ‘Project of the Year’ award, and secured the ‘Research’ and ‘Planning’ awards.

The project will allow the CGG to take a more ambitious stance regarding sustainability. It has also changed the way CGG operates, as the City’s operational budget and capital works budget were determined through extensive deliberations involving two ‘People’s Panels’, comprising randomly sampled representatives of the community.

I congratulate Professor Janette Hartz-Karp, the CUSP research leader and her colleagues on these awards.

New Governor visits Curtin

The University was delighted to host the new Governor of Western Australia, Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO, when she visited Campus on Wednesday.

This was Her Excellency’s first visit to Curtin in her new capacity as Governor. Accompanied by Acting Vice-Chancellor on the day, Professor Jill Downie and Gallery Director Chris Malcolm, Her Excellency viewed the current exhibition in the John Curtin Gallery, Shared Sky.

The Governor was very interested and impressed by the exhibition, having been involved with the SKA for several years in her previous roles as an ICRAR board member and Agent General for Western Australia in UK and Europe.

She also viewed a selection of artworks from the Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork currently on show in the Gallery.

The University has close ties with the Governor, as she previously served on the Advisory Council for the Curtin Business School and was an Adjunct Professor with the faculty. We look forward to continuing this relationship.



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