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Graduate Lawyer Hubert Algie wins VPELA 2016 Young Professional Award to advance social planning policy in Victoria

Mr Algie with his VPELA Young Professional award

Mr Algie proudly displays his VPELA Young Professional award

On Friday 13 May 2016 our Mr Hubert Algie was awarded the prestigious VPELA 2016 Young Professionals Award.
The award enables Mr Algie to advance his existing research into significant social effect policy in Victoria’s planning system.

“I became passionate about the role of social planning in Victoria after working on the Rutherford case. I felt that the system was not well equipped to manage unique or nuanced social effect and that more could be done to manage and recognise social impact.” Mr Algie said today.

The ‘test’ case, Rutherford v Hume, concerned a community objection on behalf of a vulnerable Assyrian Christian community and their Church. The community contended that the proposal to build a mosque directly adjacent to the Church would destroy the place of safety and refuge that a small Iraqi Christian minority group had established there. They contended that the development of the mosque would constitute a significant social effect. The contention was rejected at VCAT. Hubert explored this decision subsequently in his Law Honours thesis, considering the adequacy of the current legal tests for social impact.

The theme of the night, held at the Crown Palladium Ballroom, Melbourne,was ‘jungle fever’ and the Kellehers team spent the evening brushing shoulders with explorers,giraffes and even avatars! An excellent evening was had by all and we were all extremely proud to be there to support Mr Algie’s fantastic achievement.

The Crown Palladium was transformed into a jungle for the night

The Crown Palladium was transformed into a jungle for the night