The state awards event is the pinnacle of the AILA NSW events calendar. This week we will gather again to reflect on the work of the profession and announce the winners of the 2018 NSW Landscape Architecture Awards.
The event will be held once more at the Ivy Ballroom and this year we are particularly fortunate to have Tim Horton of ‘Australia by Design’ as our master of ceremonies for the evening. As in previous years, the AILA NSW Annual General Meeting will be held directly before the awards on Thursday night. There will be an update on the last 12 months of activity as well as a brief report on the financial position of AILA NSW.
As we move into a week of celebration it is fitting to acknowledge the recent achievement of Suellen Fitzgerald, Executive Director of Western Sydney Parklands and AILA Fellow. Last week Suellen and the Office of Strategic Lands received the Chief Commissioner’s Award from the Greater Sydney Commission at its 2018 Greater Sydney Planning Awards. Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Gabrielle Upton, welcomed the award and said it recognised the present and future importance of the Parklands to the people of Western Sydney.
In August, AILA NSW and the PIA will be co supporting a major event celebrating the 50 years since Western Sydney Regional Park was first identified in the 1968 Sydney Region Outline Plan. In this 50 years, the planning and design professions as well as the Office of Strategic Lands have succeeded in securing and establishing this major asset for future generations. The event will look back, but also project forward, to engage with the emerging potentials of the Parkland City and the opportunity and obligations it will present to practitioners over the next 50 years.
I look forward to seeing you all on Thursday evening at the awards night.