2 October 2018
Rivers of the West Act
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects has long advocated for the importance of green infrastructure in our built environment. This was formalised in a National Policy Statement in 2012, Adapting to Climate Change – Green Infrastructure. AILA’s definition of green infrastructure differs slightly from that in the document proposing a Rivers of the West (Green Infrastructure and Caring for Country) Act but this difference is of no consequence. The underlying concept of legislating for the protection and preservation of the rivers and waterways in Melbourne’s west in terms of green infrastructure is one that AILA unequivocally supports.
AILA Victoria letter to Environmental Justice Australia
14 September 2018
Telstra plans to roll out around 80 new payphone-billboard structures in the CBD.
The Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) supports the City of Melbourne in its pursuit of halting the roll-out of Telstra billboards.
AILA applauds Council’s sustained investment in street design over many decades to improve the quality of city life. Improvements include widening footpaths, laying bluestone pavement and installing well-designed public furniture. The new Telstra billboards undo these efforts by creating physical and visual clutter, damaging pavements and imposing advertising within the public realm.
AILA Victoria submission
Email to members
10 August 2018
Submission regarding Amendment C308 - Urban design in the central city and Southbank
The AILA Victorian Chapter provides the following submission in response to Amendment C308. Our members include both landscape architects and urban designers who are experienced in the planning and design of the city at large, as well as at the detailed scale of streetscapes, building interfaces and other interstitial spaces. We value the opportunity to provide feedback on this important body of work to improve urban design outcomes in the Central City and Southbank.
Read submission here
13 February 2018
AILA Victoria submitted a statement to be read out in the opening remarks of the Apple in Federation Square Debate on Tuesday 13 February 2018 at Deakin Edge. Click here to read the statement.
AILA encouraged the original project landscape architects based Karres + Brands (Netherlands) to submit a statement. Their considered position was also read in full in the opening remarks and was well-received by the audience. Read their statement here
22 December 2017
AILA Victoria is concerned about the Federation Square decision. Read the media relase here.
AILA, AIA and PIA Victoria have also submitted a joint letter to the Planning Minister Richard Wynne. Read that here
AILA Victoria's submission of Draft Integrated Water Management Framework. View here.
AILA Victoria's Safe and Accessible Victorian Waterways Discussion Paper. View here.
AILA Victoria's response to the Draft Apartment Design Standards. Click here to read.
AILA Victoria's submission for Protecting the Yarra River. Click here
AILA Victoria's feedback letter to Draft Urban Ecology and Biodiversity Strategy. Read it here.
See AILA Victoria's Melbourne Metro Rail submission here.
Read AILA Victoria's Infrastructure Victoria submission here.
Water for Victoria - AILA Victoria's submission
Read the submission here
Review of the Native Vegetation Clearing Regulations
Read the submission here
Western Distributor Project - AILA feedback letter
Click here to read the letter
Update: Prahran Renewal Plan: Phase 3
I am writing to thank you for contributing to the Phase 3 community consultation for the Prahran masterplan and to provide the executive summary of the consultant’s report of the findings.
This summary documents the community and stakeholder feedback and presents the key responses to the themes and priorities in the draft masterplan.
The detailed version of the report, along with the final masterplan with its outline of a long-term vision to renew the Prahran housing estates while retaining the high-rise towers, was submitted for state planning approval early this year.
To access the detailed report and to stay updated on our plans, please visit www.prahranrenewal.com.au or the housing office at 259 Malvern Road South Yarra where both versions of the report are available in print.
Click here for the Consultation report executive summary.
A submission was sent to the Level Crossing Removal Authority on the Level Crossing Removal Project: Caulfield to Dandenong (Sky Rail) to advocate for contextually responsive solutions and integrated outcomes that will deliver a positive legacy for the city. Some of the matters raised included ensuring the provision of high quality public spaces and their long-term maintenance; connections for cyclists and pedestrians; increased permeability between neighbourhoods; and ensuring acontemporary and elegant rail structure that minimises visual bulk. Read AILA’s submission here.
Yarra Riverkeeper Cruise
Click here for media release.
Plan Melbourne Refresh
On 4 December 2015 AILA Victoria committee members attended a consultation workshop on the Plan Melbourne Refresh Discussion Paper.
AILA Victoria representatives at this workshop were Brenton Beggs, Mark Frisby and Felicity McGahan.
Among other topics there was much to say on the theme of ‘a more resilient Melbourne’ in regards to climate change and how the conversation might be better framed to engage people through the notion of liveability. There was also discussion of strategies to encourage increased uptake of green infrastructure and urban greening principles at both government and private sector levels to further mitigate against the potential impacts of climate change. An AILA submission in response to the paper was submitted on the 18th of December 2015.
Read the submission here
Update 11 February 2016
A letter of acknowledgement of the submission and next steps was received.
Read the letter here
Early December, 2015 AILA Victoria submitted a letter to Ms Meredith Sussex AM, the Chair, Fishermans Bend Advisory Committee with feedback on the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area. You can see our submission here.
AILA Victoria recently sent a letter to Hon. R. Wynne, Minister for Planning in relation to the overturn of Moreland City Council’s planning permit approval of ‘The Nightingale’ on the basis of no provision of on-site car parking. Here is our letter.
AILA Victoria made a submission to the CEO of Vic Roads regarding AILA's response to the Hoddle Street - Punt Road Corridor Consultation. You can see our submission here.
AILA Victoria recently put together another submission in relation to the Prahran Renewal Project. Our submission can be seen here.
AILA's Submission: Infrastructure Australia - The 15 year Infrastructure plan for Australia.
This submission includes recommendations that respond to major opportunities and are cost effective and impactful. We have articulated four key recommendations, including:
- Development of a National Green Infrastructure Strategy
- Minimum SITES Ratings for Federally Funded Projects
- Roll-out of a National Green Infrastructure Training Program
- Development of a Briefing Guide for Integrating Landscape through Infrastructure Development
If you are interested in viewing AILA's submission click here.
July - September 2015
The Better Apartments Discussion Paper
AILA has prepared a submission and is continuing to provide input in response to The Better Apartments discussion paper by the Victorian Government. The paper “weighs up housing needs, market demands and building standards with the aim of improving liveability and affordability” (Richard Wynne, 2015). The intention of the paper is to “kick-start consultation” with the public and industry stakeholders to establish minimum standards for the design and development of apartments.
Thanks to all those who contributed to the submission, in particular to Mark Skiba and David Dreadon for leading AILA’s efforts in this important issue. If you want to view AILA’s submission, click here.
PowerCor Draft Guidelines Response from AILA
A submission was put together to respond to Draft Guidelines proposed by PowerCor. Sue Ozanne, from Spiire and part of the Environment Committee, did a fantastic job drafting a response in a short time frame, allowing contributions from others and finalising it. You can read this document here. Thanks Sue, Jon Shinkfield, Meredith Dobbie, Barrie Gallacher and Pru Smith from the Environment Committee for bringing it together.
New VicRoads Tree Planting Policy and the MPA Boulevard Strategy
The recently released VicRoads Tree Planting Policy is a welcome change, after many years of lobbying from AILA Victoria, Council Arboriculture Victoria, local councils and other industry bodies. For those who have experienced the pain of attempting to plant street trees along a VicRoads road, you will know the previous policy was risk adverse and vehicle focused. In a sense, we were headed toward a future of few street trees and in many cases, unable to even replace existing street trees.
The Metropolitan Planning Authority (MPA) has also played a significant role in shaping the new policy to increase tree canopy cover along key roads. A key initiative of the 2014 Plan Melbourne is to prepare a Boulevard Strategy for Melbourne, which the MPA is currently preparing in consultation with key stakeholders. To support this initiative, VicRoads has worked with a representative group of stakeholders to revise their tree planting policy.
The new policy is a more holistic approach with positive pedestrian and environmental outcomes. Essentially, you can now plant trees (over 100mm trunk diameter) on roadsides with speeds of 60km/hr or less. Of course, some ‘conditions apply’ so please familiarise yourself with the new policy as you go forth and plant more trees! Also, keep your eye out for an update on the MPA’s Boulevard Strategy in the next AILA VIC newsletter.
Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal.