Bunfu Yu, one of Entura‘s planning consultants, has won the Outstanding Student Project award at the 2020 National Awards for Planning Excellence hosted by Planning Institute Australia (PIA).
Her submission, ‘The Role of Spatial Planning in Energy Provision’ looked at how the speed of change in energy systems is outpacing the adaptability of planning systems. At a time when energy development across Australia is gaining momentum, Bunfu’s research is both timely and essential, and is part of Entura’s comprehensive approach for complex projects.
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In awarding Bunfu, the PIA commented, “Her analysis looks beyond the data, going further to extrapolate what it means for the future by suggesting very practical solutions which could be taken up by policy makers.” Her submission considered six principles of effective energy planning: good governance, integrated strategies, environmental sustainability, locational dependency, cross-sectoral coordination and performance-based assessment.
Bunfu was delighted to win the award saying, “It’s very satisfying to complete my Masters thesis and be rewarded with this accolade. Working at Entura has highlighted the real need to make sure the energy industry and planning discipline are working closely together.”
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Entura managing director Tammy Chu said, “Bunfu has a great career ahead of her and I’m so pleased to have her as part of our team. Her talent and skills together with her real-world experience deliver tangible value to our clients.”
Bunfu has previously won the Mike Shield Award for academic excellence and best performing graduating student in Master of Planning, University of Tasmania & Planning Institute of Australia (TAS Division). She has worked at Entura since April 2018.