QLD News & Media

Suzie Rawlinson, AILA QLD Regional Landscapes Group Chair - 12 March 2019

The AILA Queensland Regional Landscapes Working Group (RLWG), which I chair, have been active over the past quarter with some new members joining our group and new projects on our agenda.


I recently attended the AILA National Practice Committee meeting where it was agreed that the Guidance Note for Landscape and Visual Assessment (GNLVA) should be adopted as a national document. This is exciting news for those of us involved in Landscape and Visual Assessment and working across Australia. I have begun the process of engaging with our colleagues interstate to make the necessary adjustments so that this can happen. The GNLVA will provide Landscape Architects with a single source of guidance for terminology and quality, providing a context for the wide range of location specific guidance currently available. This is a great achievement for our group, who are leading the way for the institute in this area. I will keep you all posted on our progress. You will find a copy of the GNLVA by clicking here. 


The RLWG are providing a team to participate in the upcoming review of the Queensland National Parks and Wildlie Service facilities manual. This is a fantastic opportunity for our members to influence the development of an important technical document that will be used by designers working on recreation facilities within National Parks across the State. Our team will draw upon our appreciation of the diversity of landscapes across Queensland and bring our passion for protecting and enhancing landscape character and managing visual impact to this process.

I would also like to mention the amazing work being done by the AILA Queensland Advocacy Committee on our members behalf. I encourage you all to follow the work of this committee who have been busy providing feedback to Government on issues and strategies which relate to the work of Landscape Architects and affect the liveability of our state and cities. Recently this included a response to the Queensland Walking Strategy 2019 – 2029.


As Landscape Architects we all strongly believe that walkability is not just as a mode of transport but crucial to address issues of health, obesity, air quality, and town and city planning. AILA’s response to this policy can be found here.


The AILA Queensland Awards are now open for entries. I encourage everyone to enter the awards, as it is a fantastic opportunity to share and celebrate our work. As a previous juror, I have been fortunate enough to see this diversity and the high calibre of projects first hand. I particularly encourage entries from our regional members and members working in the regions.


If you are interested in learning more about the work of AILA Queensland’s Advocacy committee or the Regional Landscapes Working Group, we always welcome new members. Please email us on qld@aila.org.au


We would also welcome any suggestions for future projects which support our work in promoting best practice in landscape planning and management throughout Queensland.


Suzie Rawlinson



David Uhlmann, AILA QLD President - 1 March 2019

Hello AILA Queensland Members,

It has been a busy start to the year for Qld Exec and the state committees with a number of important initiatives continuing to be actively pursued.

Late last year we commenced practice visits, which are a Q&A session over morning tea or lunch with a member of State Exec and our Queensland Chapter Manager Georgie. The first sessions have been well received and beneficial both for State Exec to hear what practices would like AILA to be doing for them, and for Landscape Architects to hear directly what State Exec is doing, often behind the scenes, for the profession and for Landscape Architects practicing in Queensland. If your office is interested in having a session please contact Georgie and we will arrange a suitable day and time.

There has also been increased focus on advocacy for the profession recently, particularly given recent discussions with QBCC surrounding licencing and recognition of the profession. We have aligned with the Australian Institute of Architects in taking this issue to the State Government as the AIA are having similar issues with QBCC’s interpretation of licencing requirements. Both AIA and AILA have been advised that the Minister’s office is actively looking at our issues with QBCC and we will be attending a meeting with the Minister once they have investigated the relevant legal issues. We have also put the whole issue of registration and protection of the “Landscape Architect” title on the National Board agenda, so that we can provide consistent approach nationwide in lobbying government for recognition of Landscape Architects and the Registered Landscape Architect scheme.

We are also coming up to re-nomination time for positions on State Exec which is due for a refresh in June this year. If you are interested in joining State Exec from June this year please contact Georgie or myself. If the number of nominations exceed the maximum quantity of 8 members, the exec positions will be decided by a state-wide election. Please do not be discouraged from expressing interest if you are a regional member – it is important that State Exec reflects the many and varied types of LA practice state-wide. Also please do not be discouraged if you have never been involved with AILA exec or committees before – new faces and new ideas are always welcome and necessary to ensure a vibrant and active State Exec.

Awards time is also coming soon - entries are open so please consider submitting your projects! We have selected a fantastic jury and have confirmed an exciting new venue for this year’s awards – we will announce details soon!

Also – just a reminder about AILA’s new “Member” category. This category sits in between Graduate Member and Registered LA, and is intended for Landscape Architects with 5 years or more post grad experience but who are not yet ready to undertake the RLA. Applications for this category can be taken at any time so please contact Georgie if you are interested in signing up.

Finally, please keep an eye out for our events as they appear in our State newsletters – they are always a good opportunity to learn and to catch-up up with colleagues. We are also actively cross-promoting our events with AIA, PIA and other aligned organizations in an attempt to broaden our audience and spread the word on the fantastic work Landscape Architects are doing. We have also negotiated member rates for some of their events as well if you are interested in attending.

Thanks all and best wishes for a successful 2019 !


David Uhlmann


Paul Stein, AILA QLD Small Business Network Co-Chair - 12 February 2019

The AILA Small Business Network continues to develop support for single to small practices in Brisbane. Collaboration with AILDM puts Landscape Architects and Landscape Designers together to share knowledge and skills, and brings like-minded people together as a sounding board for ideas and problems. Our network of Landscape Architects can use this forum as an informal means to meet and socialize.

Keep your eye out on our events page for another Book Club event. This is an informal networking opportunity, centred around the shared experience of reading an industry-related book.


  • To create dialogue between practitioners in subject areas on the edge of practice
  • To continue the festival theme of ‘the expanding field’
  • Raise awareness of the Small Business Network (host)

This year’s focus will be monthly casual catch-ups for coffee breaks and after-work drinks (and maybe progress to dinner) to keep the mood light. Table talk about the joys and troubles of small business life; advice, laughs, product debate, fav plant species, sharing our knowledge. Each time, an new café/bar is chosen for the event location, a chance to see new architecture, street design, or taste the establishments specialties.

More ‘member tours’ to come, of completed/currently-constructed projects to visit and discuss. This is a chance to talk about the project in detail, including the design, the process, the construction and the maintenance (and everything in-between). So here is a call to members to show off your favourite design.

Look out for this month’s location for our catch up…….




Andrew Prowse, North Queensland Co-Chair - 28 January 2019

Local horticulturist & landscape designer, Kim Morris has recently passed away from cancer earlier this month. Kim was well known & respected in the landscape & horticultural profession in far north and western Queensland. He was a past president of the Australian Institute of Horticulture, wrote a weekend gardening page in the Cairns Post for the last 17 years and had a radio garden segment Garden Chat on Saturday's mornings ABC Far North 106.76FM. His celebration of life was held at the Cairns Chinese Friendship Garden at Cairns Regional Council's Centenary Lakes which he designed in collaboration with myself.

There are some interesting landscape themed exhibitions currently on or on in next month in Cairns & Brisbane. These include:

Cairns Regional Gallery, Shields Street, Cairns City
Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey -Stories of this Land
The first major retrospective of this major indigenous artist with evocative landscapes of north Queensland & the islands
On till Sunday February 10th

The Tanks Art Centre, Collins Avenue, Edgehill
Mitchell Burns - A Panoramic Vision
Exhibition of panoramic landscapes by a north Queensland photographer
On from Friday 1st November to Sunday 24th February

Onespace Gallery, 13a Gladestone Road, Highgate Hill,
Nicola Moss - Greenspace
Horticultural, garden & landscape themed exhibition by Gold Coast based artist exploring varied roles greenery in inner-city areas.
Saturday 2nd February to Saturday 2nd March


Andrew Prowse


Building Industry Fairness Reforms - Progress Payments, Adjudication and Subcontractors’ Charges

On 10 November 2017, the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (BIF Act) introduced a suite of reforms to ensure Queenslander's who work in our building and construction industry are paid for the work they do. On 11 September 2018, amendments to clarify some of the provisions under these reforms commenced. Reforms relating to progress payments, adjudication and subcontractors’ charges will commence on 17 December 2018.

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