Stakeholder Release
19 June 2019

Winner announced – Remaking Lost Connections Ideas Competition

The winner of the Remaking Lost Connections Ideas Competition has been announced by Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Shane Rattenbury, at a public forum at Regatta Point.

Titled “Stomping Grounds” the winning entry was produced by the cross disciplinary team of landscape architects Jennie Curtis and Barbara Payne, university student Chris Curtis, social scientist Dr Carolyn Hendriks and Lyneham High students Sophie and Sam Heinsohn.
The entry called on government to work with local communities and empower them to create shared public spaces meaningful to their local needs. Talking on behalf of the winning team, landscape architect Jennie Curtis expressed how excited they are to be named winners amongst such high-quality entrants. 

“Stomping Grounds is an idea about letting go, just a little, of the control for our public spaces so that many people including marginalised groups can shape and share what happens in public spaces near them,” said Ms Curtis.
The competition received 15 entries from cross disciplinary teams across the ACT and Stomping Grounds was named winner following six hours of deliberation by the Jury last Thursday. 

“Stomping Grounds is a big idea about empowering people to get involved in the planning of their own local parks and build stronger communities in Canberra. The idea focuses on giving people the chance to take ownership of the public landscape,” said Jury Chair Adrian McGregor. 
“The whole idea of giving the community the responsibility for their environment is something that could be used across any city in the world.” Dr Maxine Cooper, jury member and former Commissioner for Sustainability and Environment, took inspiration from the entries.

“These projects were an absolute inspiration and we need inspiration to tackle this issue of climate change and keep people focused on doing things because we do care about our blue planet,” said Dr Cooper.The Remaking Lost Connections ideas competition explored the issues of climate change through remaking ‘lost connections’ in Canberra’s cultural, natural and built environments.
“The purpose of this competition was to generate ideas and ramp up the public dialogue on how Canberra can confront the seemingly intractable environmental and social impacts of climate change,” said AILA ACT President Gay Williamson.
“Through the theme of ‘Remaking Lost Connections’ entrants were encouraged to imaginatively retell the Canberra story. There ideas were to inspire new paradigms about the role of the urban landscape in Canberra – I think all of the entrants have done that.”

Minister Rattenbury presenting to the winning team ‘Stomping Grounds’

The competition was a partnership between AILA, the National Capital Authority (NCA), ACT Environment Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD) and the City Renewal Authority. The winners will take home $10,000 in prize money and each of the commended projects collecting $2,500.
Commendations were awarded to “Connection through Custodianship” by Phoebe Gordon and Dom Galloway and “Critters to the Lake” and the team members were Gweneth Leigh, Bronwen Jones and Aarthi Ayyar-Biddle. The free public exhibition is open until 28 June 2019 at the National Capital Exhibition at Regatta Point, where the public can vote on their favourite project. 

Images and interviews available on request. For further comment from the winners or competition partners, please contact:

Tim Arnold
Chief Executive Officer
0419 109 340

Minister Rattenbury
Lisa Wills
Media Adviser
0481 035 764

City Renewal Authority

Andrew Benson
Media and Communications Manager
0481 004 015

National Capital Authority 
Kate Still
Director, Public Affairs, Education and Marketing 
0422 232 349