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AILA NSW 's Advocacy Committee counts the following members Gareth Collins, Julie Lee, Aparna Goyal, Ingrid Mather, Sophie Zaccone, David Moir, Udit Kapur, and Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard.
ToR: AILA Advocacy Committee

AILA NSW's  Heritage Committee counts the following members - Matthew Taylor, Helen Armstrong, Annabel Murray, Oi Choong and Craig Burton 

12 October 2021 - AILA NSW Letter of Congratulations to the Hon. Minister Stokes, Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, and Minister for Transport and Roads

AILA NSW Executive Advocacy Update - DPB Act - 5th Oct 2021

AILA letter to Scott Morrison, Hon Linda Burney, Hon Ken Wyatt, and Hon Warren Snowdon .

August 2021-  Public exhibition of Penrith City Council’s draft Employment Lands Strategy and draft Green Grid Strategy
AILA NSW Submission Response to the Penrith City Council's  Employment Land and Green Grid Strategies

 July 2021 Bradfield Opinion Piece -AILA NSW 
AILA NSW Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Opinion on naming of ‘Bradfield’

July 2021 - White Paper - Parklands for People
Department of Planning, Industry and Environment- White Paper for Parklands  
AILA NSW Submission for White Paper 

June 2021 - MLC Building 
MLC Building listing on the State Heritage Register
North Sydney State Heritage Register Gazette Notice
MLC Building Map

June 2021 - World War II Aeroplane Hanger - Tocumwal
World War II Aeroplane Hangar, Tocumwal
Listing on the State Heritage Register - World War II Aeroplane Hanger - Tocumwal

June 2021 - Waterloo Creek Massacre Site - Jews Lagoon
Listing on State Heritage Register
Gazetted Curtilage Map  

June 2021 - Coffs Harbour Jetty - AILA NSW Submission 
Jan 2021 - Recommended Listing  
Gazetted Curtilage Map  
Notice of Heritage Council recommendation to list on State Heritage Register  
June 2021- NSW Government Gazette

June 2021 - Review of NSW Heritage Act (1977) and Regulation (2012)

AILA NSW Submission :  - submitted 07.07.2021
Discussion Paper -Heritage Act Review 
Media Release- Review of Heritage Act 
Terms Of Reference 

June 2021 - Balls Head Coal Loader Complex

Notice of Heritage Council recommendation to list on the State Heritage Register
Balls Head Coal Loader Gazette Notice June 2021

May 2021 - Binishell Collection (Department of Education)

Letter to list on the State Heritage Register
Curtilage Map
Gazette notices

April 2021 - AILA NSW SEPP EIE Submission

AILA Submission Design and Place EIE

April 2021 - Bays West Place Strategy

Recommendations in Response to the Draft Bays West Place Strategy by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) NSW Chapter Advocacy Committee

April 2021 - Continuing Dialogue on the use of Crown Land by Moore Park Golf Course 

Link to AILA NSW on the Use of Crown Land by Moore Park Gold Course

[August 2020 - Support for increasing access to Crown Land occupied by golf courses 
Link to Letter to Hon Rob Stokes]

April 2021 -  Garden Island Landscape Conservation Plan

Link to AILA NSW Letter of Support for the Proposed Conservation management Plan for Garden Island Landscape and Setting
Supporting Documentation 

April 2021 - 

Release of EIE Design and Place SEPP Joint Letter to Minister from AILA, AIA and PIA

Link to Joint Letter in response to the release of the EIE Design and Place SEPP

April 2021 - Draft Westmead Place Strategy

Link to Draft Westmead Place Strategy

March 2021 - Design and Place SEPP

Link to Press Release - AILA Welcomes Registered Landscape Architect requirement by NSW Government
Link to Design and Place State Environment Planning Policy (Design and Place SEPP)

February 2021 -  Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) new CEO

Link to Letter of Congratulations to Kathlyn Loseby – Appointment as CEO of the ArchitectsAccreditation Council of Australia (AACA)

February 2021 - New AIA President

Link to Letter of Congratulations to Laura Cockburn – Appointment as Australian Institute ofArchitects (AIA) NSW President

December 2020 - Newcastle Recreation Reserve

Link to Letter of support by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) NSW Chapter  

Update 3 May 2021 - Recommendation Letter
Update 8 June 2021 - Listing Notice

December 2020 - Design and Building Practitioners Regulation

Link to Submission to the Draft Design and Building Practitioners Regulation 2020 by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) NSW Chapter

December 2020 - Living Streets Discussion Paper

Living Streets Discussion Paper led by Julie Lee, FAILA and Georgina de Beaujeu, AILA jointly with AILA, PIA and AIA, has been shared with Minister Rob Stokes MP, The Committee for Sydney, DPIE, Office of Open Space and Parklands, DPIE, Public Spaces, GA NSW and Campbelltown City Council.

December 2020 - Closure of Transport for NSW's Centre for Urban Design

In response to the closure of Transport for NSW's Centre for Urban Design, AILA NSW has addressed this letter of concern  on behalf of our members to: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Minister Andrew Constance MP, Minister Rob Stokes MP, Minister Paul Toole MP and GANSW Abbie Galvin.

Update 1 Feb 2020 - Letter to Lee Andrews

November 2020 - NSW Public Spaces Charter

Link to Submission NSW PUBLIC SPACES CHARTER by the Australian Institute of LandscapeArchitects (AILA) NSW Chapter

November 2020 - Sisters of Mercy Convent Group, Singleton

Link to letter regarding listing on the State Heritage Register

October 2020 - The First Sikh Temple, Woolgoolga

Link to letter to list on the State Heritage Register

September 2020 - Draft of the Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan

Link to the letter with comments on the Cumberland Conservation Plan

September 2020 - 50 Year Vision for Sydney's Open Space and Parklands

Link to The 50 year Vision for Sydney's Open Space and Parklands and the Creation of the Greater Sydney Parklands Agency

September 2020 - Draft Callan Park Landscape Structure Plan

Link to AILA NSW Response to Consultation

September 2020 - Nielsen Park and the Hermitage Foreshore Reserve

Link to Letter regarding Extension of Curtilage of Existing Listing on the State Heritage Register

August 2020 - GANSW Draft Greener Places Design Guide

Link to AILA NSW Submission
Link to  AILA NSW Table of detailed responses  Submission
Link to Final Summary Submission  - Joint Submission with Greener Spaces Better Places, AIA, PIA, PLA, Turf NSW, TLA, NGINA, The Total Environment Centre, Cancer Council NSW and Junglefy

August 2020 - Support for increasing access to Crown Land occupied by golf courses

Link to Letter to Hon Rob Stokes

July 2020 - Wilcannia Post Office & Post Masters Residence

Link to Letter on Listing on the State Heritage Register
Link to Notice of Listing on the State Heritage Register

June 2020 - AILA NSW Heritage Committee - Rushcutters Bay Park and Yarranabbe Park

Link to Notice of Intention to consider listing on the State Register
Link to Letter of Support to Heritage Council NSW
Link to Letter on Listing on the State Register

22 May 2020 - AILA NSW Advocacy Committee - Bushfire Commission

Link to the 7 Principles for Landscape Architects in response to bushfires
Link to the Submission by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) NSW Chapter to the NSW Independent Bushfire Inquiry
Link to the Submission to NSW Independent Inquiry into the 2019-2020 Bushfire Season by Rupert Milne Home

13 May 2020 - AILA NSW Heritage Committee - Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (NSW) – Nominations for listing on the State Heritage Register

Link to the letter to Lee Andrews from Tim Smith, Heritage Operations Director regarding listing on the State Heritage Register

March 2020 - Yurulbin Park

Link to Letter to the Hon. Ronb Stokes re West Harbour Tunnel and Warringah Expressway Upgrade  and addendum

15 December 2019 - AILA NSW Advocacy Committee - Congratulations to Abbie Galvin on GA NSW Appointment

Link to the letter of congratulations to Abbie Galvin on her GA NSW appointment

30 Oct 2019 - AILA NSW Heritage Committee - Letter to Hon. Arts Harwin on his appointment as Special Minister of State and Minister of Public Service, Employee Relations, Aboriginal Affairs and the Arts

Link to the letter  to Hon, Arts Harwin

October 2019 - AILA NSW Heritage Committee - Lindfield Learning Village

Link to the Notice of Intention to consider listing on the State Heritage Register  
Link to Letter of Concern to Ku-Ring-Gai Council
Link to Letter of Concern to Community Engagement Senior Manager, NSW Department of Education
Link to Letter of Support to Heritage Council NSW

September 2019 - St Peters Anglican Church Group, Richmond

Link to the letter from Regional Heritage Manager to Mark Tyrrell directing St Peters Anglican Church as part of the State Heritage Register

August 2019 - Hampden Bridge - Listing on the State Heritage Register

Link to the letter from Regional Heritage Operations Manager to Mark Tyrrell directing Hampden Bridge as part of the State Heritage Register.

23 May 2019 - AILA NSW Heritage Committee - Sydney Olympic Parklands - Future Directions 2030 Framework

Link to the Heritage Group letter to SOPA
Link to the SOP Future Directions Framework

8 May 2019 - AILA NSW Heritage Committee - Landscape Heritage Report

Link to the AILA NSW Landscape Heritage Report

April 2019 - AILA NSW Advocacy Committee - Update

Link to the Advocacy Committee Update as of April 2019

30 November 2018 - Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link Submission

Link to the AILA NSW Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link Submission

21 September 2018 - Everyone Can Play Submission

Link to the AILA NSW Everyone Can Play Submission

23 February 2018 - Greener Places Submission

Link to the AILA submission to Mr Peter Poulet, NSW Government Architect, NSW Department of Planning & Environment

Link to the draft policy

8 February 2018 - AILA NSW Heritage Committee - Support of the Community Heritage Grant proposal

Link to the letter in support of the Community Heritage Grant proposal for the AILA Identify Significant Open Space project

15 December 2017 - AIA and AILA submit Joint Response to final draft Greater Sydney Regional Plan

See Attachment

See link for more information https://www.greater.sydney/draft-greater-sydney-region-plan 

12 December 2017 - Draft Greener Places Policy Launched

AILA NSW supports the release of the State Government’s Greener Places policy and welcomes the opportunity to review it and provide formal feedback.

Several AILA members had the opportunity to contribute to the drafting of Greener Places and played a significant role in it’s development.

NSW and Australian cities are some of the greenest cities in the world, they are also some of the fastest growing in the developed world. If we do not enhance and improve our urban green infrastructure commensurate with our city’s growth, then we will lose a major part of why people love to live here.

The connection to nature – to vegetation and all its benefits - is vital for people to lead healthy and enjoyable lives. This shouldn’t involve a drive to some distant park, but should be on our doorsteps, in walking distance, so we can stay fit and healthy and there is a fair choice for everyone to use parks and greenery, wherever they live. Greener Places supports this approach and provides excellent guidance and evidence.

AILA NSW calls on the government to put some practical measures in place to deliver the Greener Places approach. Every development plot should include street and roadside trees to make our streets cooler and more attractive. Every residential growth area should include new parks of all scales and sizes from small local pocket parks and roof gardens to major greenways and recreation spaces. Western Sydney, our fastest and biggest growth area, needs substantial ‘Centennial Park sized areas’ set aside for the future and for its residents. It is hard to imagine how much ‘poorer’ Eastern Sydney would be without Centennial Park.

All Governments at all levels take note - if we adopt Greener Places and integrate Green Infrastructure into all our towns and cities we will be investing in the future. Our places will be more resilient and better placed to deal with climate change. They will be more productive. They will be happier places to live.


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28 November 2017

Response received from NSW Planning & Environment in response to the AILA NSW feedback on the New England North West Regional Plan

AILA NSW feedback on New England North West Regional Plan (15 March 2017)

Response to feedback from NSW Planning & Environment(28 November 2017)

13 September 2017

Response received to the F6 Extension letter written on 26 May 2017 to The Hon. Melinda Jane Pavey, MP

Letter send to The Hon. Melinda Jane Pavey, MP (26 May 2017)

Response received from Kevin Anderson, MP (13 Sept 2017)

5 July 2017

Open letter sent to NSW Premier from TEC in relation to maintenance of adequate levels of green space in Sydney. AILA one of 16 supporting signatories.

Read the letter here

15 June 2017

Architects and Landscape Architects oppose Parramatta North subdivision plan. 

The NSW Chapters of the Australian Institute of Architects and Australian Institute of Landscape Architects have joined forces to reject the subdivision of a significant heritage site in North Parramatta that includes Cumberland Hospital and the former Female Factory.

Read Media Release Here

6 June 2017

Mark Tyrell, Gareth Collins & Emily Forrest met with senior advisors from Minister Ayres Office. Minister Ayers was really keen to help produce a liveable city in the west not a collection of separate objects.

He wants to see through the successful delivery of Westconnex. Our main take away was he would like our help and support in the form of reviewing policy or programs of work.

14 April 2017

Response received to letter dated 3 March 2017 sent to Minister for Roads, Maritime & Freight, Melinda Pavey to re-examine Clear Zone standards for a cooler and more beautiful NSW.

31 March 2017

District Plans Submission

AILA NSW review and comment on the GSC District Plans can be found here

22 December 2016

Response to Medium Density Design Guide

AILA NSW feedback submitted to the Medium Density Design Guide. This guide has been prepared by NSW Department of Planning & Environment to help achieve better design outcomes for low rise medium density housing.

Read submission letter here

19 December 2016

MEDIA RELEASE: GSC Environmental Panel Report

15 peak professional, environment and academic groups release environmental vision for Sydney

Major environmental professional, community and university groups have banded together to produce an environmental vision as part of the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) planning process.

The ‘Environmental Panel’ was co-convened by Total Environment Centre and Rod Simpson, GSC Environment Commissioner. Its members included the Green Building Council, 100 Resilient Cities, Landscape Architects Institute, National Trust and Institute for Sustainable Futures. The 85 page report addresses 15 key environmental features from waterways to climate change to energy efficiency and local character.

See Media Release

See Full Report

November 2016

District Plans

Greater Sydney Commission District Plans have been released for review. The AILA NSW Advocacy Committee will be reviewing and putting a submission together. Submissions due March 2017.


NSW Architecture and Urban Design Policy

  • Policy sent through for feedback – September 2016
  • Noel Corkery and Julie Lee attended meeting to supply feedback on 8 November
  • Feedback delayed to 2017

4 November 2016

Sydney Olympic Park Master Plan 2030

Submission made via Planning & Environment site on 4 November 2016.

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23 September 2016 (updated 10 October 2016)

Over 5000 design and planning professionals support a greener, sustainable design based vision for Sydney

In a rare alliance of the planning, architecture, landscape architecture Institutes and the Committee for Sydney, the design quality of our fast developing city is being addressed. The Institutes support a design vision for Sydney that responds to the natural and cultural qualities of our unique place in the world.

Sydney is developing at a rapid pace. It is vital that we consider the legacy of our work in managing this growth. As an alliance we support the Sydney Green Grid, generous open space and an urban design approach to development. We are calling on governments and organisations to create a beautiful, green, natural city that accommodates population density and its necessary infrastructure, in a way that creates well connected, healthy and economically thriving communities with a sense of place related to our natural and cultural heritage.

Wednesday 5 October was the UN World Habitat Day. Through this design vision, the Greater Sydney Design Alliance is proud to be supporting the ‘United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities’. [Gareth Collins, AILA NSW President]

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20 September 2016

MEDIA RELEASE: AILA NSW Recommends Proper Process of Assessment of Significant Tree Removal

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) NSW recommends that a proper process of assessment of significant tree removal and avenue tree lopping should be undertaken by the utility companies so that the quality of our streets and our green spaces does not suffer. Opinion piece submitted to media 20 September 2016.

Read more.

20 September 2016

Emails to newly amalgamated Sydney Councils

Letters sent to new consolidated councils flagging the importance of Landscape Architects in new council organisational structures. Example letter here.

19 September 2016

Letter sent to Minister for the Environment and Minister for Heritage,The Hon. Mark Raymond Speakman, SC MP

In reference to the Sydney Morning Herald article dated 18 September 2016 'The 1000 trees being assessed for potential removal by energy companies' and significant tree lopping of 100's of native trees in Sydney streets, a letter was sent to the Minister for the Environment and Minister for Heritage, The Hon. Mark Raymond Speakman, SC MP on behalf of the AILA NSW President, Gareth Collins, expressing his recommendation for a proper assessment process.

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16 August 2016

Living Cities Summit

Held at The Mint – Sydney. Speakers and presentations included:

  • Dr Caroline Butler-Bowden, Acting Executive Director, Sydney Living Museums - Welcome and Purpose - The Living City & Green Infrastructure
  • The Hon. Rob Stokes, Minister for Planning – Financing the Living City
  • David Borger, Sydney Business Chamber – Incentivising Local Government Green Infrastructure Projects
  • Tom Grosskopf, Office of Environment & Heritage - Integrating and assessing green infrastructure in projects
  • Michelle Cramer, Lendlease – Turning the Grey to Green
  • Tim Williams, Committee for Sydney – Panel Discussion
  • Gareth Collins (AILA NSW President)

Outcome is a five-point plan for NSW. Final Report has now been published.

June 2016


  • Letter sent to the Hon Darren Chester MP and the Hon Duncan Gay from Daniel Bennett dated 26 May 2016 in response to WestConnex
  • Response letter received on 13 July 2016
  • Meeting with Peter Jones, Project Director and Tom Kennedy, Urban Design Director at Sydney Motorway Corporation and three Advocacy Committee members. AILA letter having significant effect on outcomes of Stage 3. Improved consideration of green space, visual impacts on the community and the improvement of Victoria Road as a city street and public transport corridor.
  • Shahana McKenzie and Gareth Collins attended meeting with Michael Dobbie (Advisor to the Minister for Infrastructure & Transport) in Canberra on 7 November

Trees along the Cooks River – MD16/4171

  • Email sent to the Minister for the Environment, the Hon Mark Speakman SC MP about the tagging of trees along the Cooks River
  • Response received via email 26 October 2016 from CRISTIEN HICKEY, Director Metro, Regional Operations, Office of Environment & Heritage
  • Communication has been forwarded to the Department of Industry, Resources and Energy for their consideration.

May 2016

Greater Sydney Commission Lunch & A conversation about our city

  • Briefing and discussion between GSC and Institutes. Presentation from Lucy Turnbull and CEO. Conversation from AILA and AIA president on need for design lead vision for the metropolitan area.
  • Greater Sydney Design Vision Workshop – held 28 July 2016
  • GSC - Environmental Panel
    • GSC Environmental panel 21 July 2016 (workshop 1)
    • Discussion paper submitted 3 Aug 2016
    • GSC Environmental panel 3 Aug 2016 (workshop 2)
    • Environmental panel position paper 22 Aug 2016
    • GSC Environmental panel 25 Aug 2016 (workshop 3)
    • Workshop 4 scheduled for 13 October
  • Submission for the Environment Panel Advisory Paper made 2 November 2016.

February 2016

A Masterplan for Growing Western Sydney

  • Meeting with Rob Stokes held on 11 February 2016
  • Letter sent to The Hon Rob Stokes, Minister for Planning 29 February 2016. Letter details AILA’s advice on how they can assist in promoting Western Sydney’s livability and build a design narrative for its future. Proposal to redefine Western Sydney as a park – a ‘Parkland City’
  • Response letter received
  • Western Sydney Masterplan recommendation published
  • Response: Meeting with Gary White & Peter Poulet

Eastern Suburbs Light Rail project

  • The current issue with the Light Rail project is around the removal of some mature fig trees along Anzac Parade.
  • Suggestions for relocation of light rail made to AILA NSW
  • Investigations made into the content of the EIS (early 2013) and the potential for relocation in 2016. Project proceeding in line with EIS.

Letter re Barangaroo Hotel/Casino

  • AIA and AILA joint letter to the NSW Premier, the Hon Mike Baird on 6 July 2016 focus on the disappointment to our two Institutes that the final outcome of the Barangaroo Hotel/Casino proposal is the negation of harbourside public open space.


Letter to Newcastle Light Rail

  • Submission to the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the Newcastle Light Rail Project on 27 May 2016
  • Response sent 15 August 2016
Ongoing NSW Projects