NSW News & Media 2021

News from NSW Secretary - Natalie McEvoy on Wangal Country - 2nd November 2021

Last month, I joined Lee Andrews, Chair of the NSW Advocacy Committee, and others as the executive representative to provide feedback on the Draft Urban Design Guide (UDG), one of the supporting documents of the new Design and Place SEPP
I was pleased to hear that the UDG would include targets for percentage tree canopy cover and soil volumes for new developments. The targets, or “metrics” if you like, will be a mechanism to deliver better environmental outcomes though an approval-based system.

Our advocacy group provided feedback regarding these targets and where they could be challenged by current policy or legacy conditions, or where, in our experience, they may face roadblocks. The key message we brought to the meeting was the importance of increased interconnectivity of soil networks. We also talked about how to incentivise development to achieve more than the baseline targets. 

To me, this experience reinforced the importance for AILA, in making these representations, to stay connected with our members, and our industry more broadly. It was great to be involved in this process. 
Don’t forget that you can contact the NSW Exec if you have specific input to key issues relating to landscape architecture in NSW, to discuss advocacy issues or if you would like to be involved with an Advocacy group.

The draft Design and Place SEPP will go on public exhibition later in 2021 to provide more opportunities for feedback and AILA NSW will keep you updated about the timing of the exhibition.

Please consider joining the next Exec Catch up #5.0  - the focus will be on Landscape Architecture and Academic / University Connections. These catch ups have been well supported by NSW members and we’ve received some great feedback. The catchups provide a social environment to maintain our connections with like minded people and share experiences and support.

All my very best, I hope you’re all branching out into a new world a feeling new buoyancy and inspiration. Let’s do it ! Landscape and green spaces have never been more important. 

  Natalie McEvoy, AILA NSW Secretary

News from NSW Executive Member- Jason Cuffe 19th October 2021

After a successful 2021 Festival of Landscape Architecture I hope that you are all energised and excited about the role that landscape architects can play in the negotiation and re-imagination of a world under the influence of globalisation, digitalisation, increasing mobility and social expectations. Although the NSW membership were unable to physically travel to Perth the virtually curated content and discussion still provided an engaging forum to critically discuss the future of the profession. 

In addition to the speakers and content of the Festival I was especially impressed by the calibre of projects showcased as part of the national awards held on Thursday night. The Executive would like to acknowledge the diversity and breadth of NSW projects that were nominated for an award and pass on our congratulations to those that were successful in receiving a Landscape Architecture Award or an Award of Excellence. A recording of the awards can be found on the 2021 National Awards page

A reminder about our upcoming events and webinars:
- NSW Echo Point Boardwalk Walk and Gathering Place Webinar is being held online Thursday 28th October 12:30pm-1:30pm. 
- Wednesday 3rd November, AILA Fresh are holding a new Under 30’s Web Series and invite AILA Fresh Student and Graduate members to join for a quick 30minute webinar that introduces NSW major partner Light Culture and BEGA with an introductory session on exterior lighting. 
- Designing with Sandstone Webinar is being held online Thursday 4th November 12:30pm-1:30pm. Join Carl Nugent (Waverley City Council), Matt Gordon (Cessnock City Council) and Yong Zhang (Moir Landscape Architecture) in conjunction with NSW Partner Gosford Quarries as they share their experiences designing and constructing with sandstone in playground projects in NSW. 

- On Thursday 4th November at 5:30pm we will also be having our fifth Casual Catch-up with our Exec Committee, this time with a focus on academic LAs. Please join us to share your thoughts in this informal and casual setting! No need to register - just join us via Zoom

 In addition to our NSW events AILA ACT will be hosting Make Space for Girls on 11th November. Imogen Clark and Susannah Walker, founders of Make Space for Girls, will be talking about how research, consultation, engagement and education is being used to advocate for the design of welcoming and equitable public spaces that is as inviting to teenage girls as they are to teenage boys.
Further information about the upcoming events can be found on the AILA NSW Events page.

In the coming months the NSW Executive is also looking at ways to further engage as a group and with the broader membership with the opportunity for physical connections as restrictions start to ease. Until such time please feel free to reach out with any questions or topics who would like to discuss with the Executive and be sure to keep up to date with the latest events and casual catchups via the AILA website.


 Jason Cuffe 


News from the NSW 2021 Graduate Future Leader Winner - Amie Mason

Being recognised as the AILA NSW Graduate Future Leader is an encouraging beginning to many more things to come working as a Landscape Architect in Australia. This opportunity has allowed me to reflect on the experiences that shaped my values and perspectives as an emerging professional and set forward a vision for my career within the industry's future.


As Landscape Architects, we are at the forefront of solving immense environmental challenges that are threatening our cities. One of which I focused on in my submission is extreme and unpredictable weather events such as heatwaves, and more broadly, urban heat – now identified as a widespread and escalating crisis facing Australian suburbs. Through the integration of innovative strategies from a wide range of related professions, we can shift the current design paradigm, mitigating extreme temperatures and creating resilient, adaptable urban environments. These solutions require innovation, motivation, and design excellence, and I am excited to pursue this challenge.


I encourage all Graduate Landscape Architects to get involved in the Future Leader Award to pause and reflect on where you are, your personal values and interests as a designer and how these can be used to drive the direction of your career. It’s also a great platform to get your name out into the industry and open up other networking possibilities and collaborations.


As we emerge out of lockdown in the near future, I look forward to meeting, discussing and collaborating with you all at AILA events and within the industry moving forward.


      Amie Mason





News from NSW Executive Member -  Cate Wallace. 21st September 2021

Hello everyone, as our public health restrictions slowly ease it is wonderful to see the light at the end of a very long lockdown tunnel. I hope that everyone is finding the time to get outdoors and enjoy the lovely spring weather that we are having.
The Festival of Place celebrates the breadth, beauty and possibilities of NSW’s public spaces in support of Premier’s Priority Greener Public Spaces. As a part of The Festival of Place… at your place the NSW Government is supporting the community with some great public space ideas, activities, and content. This month they are inviting you to participate in Porch Placemaking Week, a global initiative which encourages people to take simple actions to decorate the front of their homes as a way to safely connect with neighbourhoods and create moments of delight during the pandemic. 
As most of NSW is still very much feeling the effects of lockdown and many are suffering from social disconnection, there has been no better time for placemaking and grass roots activation to breathe life and colour into our streets and neighbourhoods. For NSW they would love to see everyone use a heart shape in their activation. If you would like to participate, check out the webpage and share you project on social media with the hashtags #AILANSW #LoveThePlaceYouLive #PorchPlacemaking

In other news, the next round of AILA memberships is underway, thank you to Crosbie Lorimer and Leigh Trevitt who successfully ran their pre interview workshops online for the last two weeks. We are looking forward to meeting the new RLAs at their interviews at the end of October.
AILA Fresh held a successful Fresh Meet, thank you to Nick Ison, Leigh Trevitt, Marie Stauffer, Natalie McEvoy and Mark Tyrrell who met with 20 students in virtual rooms to answer the questions and queries of our future leaders. A big thank you to all the students who attended, your enthusiasm and passion is contagious.
Don’t forget the Lighting by Layers webinar is being held Thursday 30th September and hosted by Light Culture. Please also come and join the us at our next Casual Execs Catch up 4.0 with a focus on Regional Landscape Architects and hosted by our very own Vice President David Moir. 

Until next time, stay well and get porch placemaking!

 Cate Wallace

Meet the 2021-22 NSW Partners and their People!

AILA NSW is very thankful to have the support of so many dedicated and involved partners in our state for 2021-2022. Our partners help deliver AILA NSW's program to our members, they are part of our AILA family. Our 2021-22 program will draw from their expertise and experience to support our members' education and professional development.

Together, we look forward to bringing our members an interesting array of events and CPD, online mainly and hopefully face to face soon enough again!

Take a look at our recent eDM  which introduces all our Partners and what they do, and check out our NSW Instagram  and Facebook  pages to get to know the people behind the brands!

News from NSW Executive Member - Grace Mansour - 15th September 2021

Hello to all, hoping that the start of Spring is treating you all well; it is the little things that we need to focus on during these times. In light of the difficult period we are all facing here in NSW, we hope that everyone took a prompt from last week’s RUOK day to check in on each other’s well-being, and to carry on the conversation in your daily routine.
The 2021 Festival of Landscape Architecture focused on the theme of Spectacle and Collapse is fast approaching. The event is accessible on-line again this year, with registrations still open and tickets available

The NSW executive also invite as many members as possible to fill up the ShadeSmart Survey, following the MoU in between AILA, Cancer Council and Cancer Institute NSW, the survey questions aim to understand AILA's members' knowledge and practises at baseline in shade and UV protection. The results from this survey will help refine the approach to CPD on the topic of skin cancer, shade, and UV protection. An important topic for Landscape Architects to lead!

A reminder that the AILA Fresh MEET is on tomorrow: Thursday 5:30–7pm – so please flag this with your graduate colleagues to register as places are limited. The executive would also like to relay that during our Casual Catch-up 3.0 Student Focus a couple weeks ago, we heard about the struggles that students and recent graduates are currently facing and so where you can please reach out to them and offer support and also encourage sessions like these to bring them together with others.
Finally, don’t forget about the ‘Lighting by Layers’ webinar on the 30th of September at 12:30pm. 

For now, stay well and be sure to get out and about and smell the flowers!

 Grace Mansour

News from the NSW Executive Member - Miriam Enoch- 31st August 2021

As we are all dealing with the realization that we are in some form of lock down for another 4-6 weeks with an unclear ending in sight –now is a great time more than ever to connect with AILA digitally. Check in with your colleagues for a general catch up, this doesn’t have to be work related it could be just to chat about the latest shown on Netflix that you have watched. 
We are all going through this together – some of us are finding this harder than others as they may be living alone or are juggling a handful of children being home schooled and all craving attention at different times. It is ok to not be coping, these are unprecedented times, and the workload of Landscape Architects at the moment is intense with lots of things in the pipeline and in construction. Be nice to one another as you never know what someone on the other end of the computer meeting is dealing with personally or mentally.
A great way to escape some of this is to join one of the many upcoming webinars on offer. 

-  Fresh Meet - Thursday 16th September 5:30-7pm (rego link soon to be advised) - Light Culture Webinar 'Lighting by Layers' – Thursday 30th September 12:30pm

Don’t forget any one is welcome to the new NSW Executive initiative “Casual Catch up” which is run every fortnight on zoom on a Thursday at 5:30pm. These are informal discussions between AILA members/non-members, generally with a focus topic. The upcoming Casual Catch-up 3.0 is focused on students and the virtual classroom and their challenges faced, as well helping to understand how to help you connect with AILA – so come along and bring your classmates to what should be an interesting discussion.
Keep an eye out through our digital platforms both State and National for future webinars and Casual Catch up topics.

Don’t forget – the AILA National Festival is being held in Perth this year – whilst it is extremely unlikely that boarders will be open to Western Australia by then, we are all still able to attend digitally – this is the first year that this option has been available which means it is far more accessible for more people to attend and hear from some fabulous speakers – this also makes it more economical too as there is no travel, hotel rooms, food expenses and time away from work and family. A great offering is the Office Watch Pass (allowing for 5 full passes)
Keep an eye out for the National Awards entries – the awards will be awarded at the AILA Festival in October.

If there is anything that you have come across that you would like the Executive to action or look into, please get in touch with [email protected] (NSW Chapter manager) and she will pass it onto the Executive committee.

Keep Safe and well hydrated and together we will all get through this.

 Miriam Enoch

Thank you Noel Corkery - NSW Advocacy Committee

Recently, Noel Corkery announced his stepping down from the AILA NSW Chapter Advocacy Committee.

Noel has been a stalwart of AILA advocacy over many years. Providing a wise head, vast experience of design and building things and a very detailed understanding of issues and legislation. His passion has been ecological design and advocating for sensitive development that preserves our natural landscapes and it’s flora and fauna. Such an important aspect of landscape architecture.

Noel will be taking this time to pursue areas of personal interest involving, you guessed it, the landscape and the profession. He has promised not to wonder too far and to contribute when he can.

AILA NSW Chapter and Advocacy Committee would like to thank Noel for his contribution to advocacy as a member of the state Advocacy Committee and for representing AILA on important landscape matters across NSW.


Update 18.08.2021

News from NSW Vice President - David Moir on Awabakal & Worimi Country – 17 August 2021

Without a doubt, the ongoing Covid-19 situation in NSW has resulted in some of the most challenging and unpredictable working conditions to navigate that I have experienced in my 25 years of practice. Add to this, the recent climate report from the IPCC and current unravelling of Afghanistan and it can feel like that the world is in a handcart on the way to hell (whatever a handcart is?).

It can be hard to remain positive, but, I do feel, at this moment, as a Landscape Architect, there is a lot to be positive about.

The focus of the state government and local governments on the equitable provision of quality open space is evident in the unprecedented level of funding that is being directed towards open space projects in both metropolitan and regional areas. These projects are supported by a framework of policies and guidelines that are intrinsically landscape driven. And although, not always perfect, the framework provides a consistent and useable set of principles that we as practitioners, in both the private and public sectors, can apply to be more ambitious and drive more sustainable and enduring outcomes for our public open space. Much of this progress is due to the hardworking and dedicated Landscape Architects in government roles and their ongoing advocacy with their government colleagues. It is important that we as a profession engage with, challenge and champion these government initiatives so that the significant environmental, social, economic and health benefits that we all know are outcomes of great public open space are a primary consideration in all future planning decisions

On the back of the success of our Casual Catch Up on Thursday the 5th, the AILA NSW Executive will be back on Zoom again this week with a focus on engaging with Landscape Architects working in the public sector. Zoom Chat ID: 8314 705 7765

Stay safe and on behalf of the executive we look forward to having the opportunity to talk with more members/non-members/future members of over the coming weeks.

  David Moir - AILA NSW Vice President

News from the NSW President Tanya Wood - 3 Aug 2021 | Join us for Casual Catch-up this Thursday!

The AILA NSW Executive is looking forward to our first formal meeting during August. By now you have no doubt been introduced virtually to the team with the new executive demonstrative of the breadth our profession. In saying this, the AILA NSW Executive would like to extend an open invitation to its members including students and graduates to join us on Thursday 5th August 530-6pm for an online Casual Catch Up. In what we hope to be an ongoing frank discussion, the executive would like to check in and hear from you, our colleagues along with student and graduate landscape architects, particularly during this trying time. The executive will give a brief introduction and note some challenges they are individually facing and perhaps we are all collectively facing at this time, before opening the floor up for conversation. You can join us via Zoom here .
I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Landscape Architecture students. Online learning is back. This is no easy feat. You are the future of this profession and we admire your discipline and determination.
Tanya Wood NSW President

New NSW 2021-23 Executive Team Announced | Welcome to our new members!

AILA NSW is delighted to welcome the newly appointed members of its State Chapter Executive, effective 23 July 2021. Serving a two-year term, the new Executive members bring to the table an impressive and diverse range of professional experience, interest and industry connections to well represent and advocate for the news of our state members and the profession.

Read more about our new Executive Team here .

AILA 2021 Fellowship recipient: Martin O'Dea

It is AILA NSW's honour to announce and present Martin O'Dea as recipient of an AILA Fellowship. Huge congratulations to Clouston Associates Director Martin O'Dea who was a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) at AILA NWS ACM hosted online on July, 15th 2021.

This thoroughly deserved and long overdue reward recognises Martin's - known as MoD by his peers - remarkable contribution to the profession and practice of Landscape Architecture through AILA, on many fronts over many years. AILA National Board has awarded a Fellowship to Martin O’Dea for his significant commitment to the profession of landscape architecture and to his enormous contributions and passion for Climate Action and Climate Positive Design. Martin has contributed nationally to Climate Positive Design for AILA since 2018, chairing AILA’s National Climate Positive Design Working Group, and being on the Climate sub-committee for ASBEC.

The Fellowship recognises his strong advocacy work, including submissions on the EPBC Act and Climate Act. The Fellowship recognises his valued and on-going contributions to various AILA programs in particular the state and national awards, RLA mentoring, his involvement in Australian Standards for universal access, and his leadership in community steering groups to strive for better landscape outcomes. Congratulations MoD and thank you for all you have contributed so far and for your on-going passion to continue to inspire our AILA members.

News from the NSW Chapter Manager Tessa Faucheur - 20 July 2021 | ACM Wrap-up

AILA NSW would like to thank all who attended the 2021 NSW ACM with us online last Thursday 15 July. We also send our thanks to our outgoing Executive Team for all their fantastic work and welcome our newest Exec members to the Chapter. You can view the slideshow of the event here and the updated Agenda with Minutes here . Stay tuned for communications in the following weeks introducing our newest members in more detail, including who will hold which office bearer positions.

The newest restrictions enforced by the NSW Government yesterday will impact all LAs and those in the industry in a significant way. We extend our thoughts to all our members and wish them well during this difficult time.  

All members are alerted that new restrictions came into effect at 12.01am on 19 July for construction sites in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

Construction activity paused

Construction in these areas is not to be carried out unless the work is urgently required for any of the following reasons:

  • ensuring the safety or security of the construction site
  • dealing with environmental risks
  • to maintain and ensure the integrity of critical plant, equipment or assets, including partially completed works, that would otherwise deteriorate
  • receiving deliveries of supplies that would otherwise deteriorate
  • maintaining public utilities
  • ensuring the safe operation of existing transport infrastructure
  • by or on behalf of NSW Health in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • because of an emergency.

Residential renovations, alterations and additions

All renovations or other works at a place of residence to make alterations or additions are not allowed unless they are necessary for the safety or security of the site.

This means that the site of any existing renovations can be made safe and secure, but then all work must stop. Please refer to your relevant contract regarding extensions of time, delays and the like.

Information on COVID-19 support for businesses and workers in NSW can be found at the following links:






News from the NSW Chapter Manager - Tessa Faucheur - 7 July 2021 - KEY UPDATES : ACM + Awards - Thank you

The last couple of weeks certainly offered its challenges in event management in NSW, we hope our members are keeping safe until lockdown comes to an end. We have now:
rescheduled our ACM digitally to the 15th July at 12pm and will be
combining the NSW Awards Celebrations with the National Awards night on 14th Oct 2021

We hope you can join us for our ACM next week to wrap up the last year, farewell our current executive members as we will invite our full members to endorse our new executive nominees
We will also take this opportunity to:
announce AILA 2021 Fellow and
congratulate our RLA class of 2020-2021 formally before we can celebrate these achievements in the next few months hopefully.

This is a free AILA meeting hosted online and a great way to stay in touch an input on your Institute. Register now to the ACM NSW.

On a more personal note, I too, would like to take this opportunity on behalf of our NSW members to thank AILA NSW outgoing President Lee Andrews, for his kind words in his last message of course, for taking on the President's challenge at very short notice, for trusting and supporting my ideas and initiatives, for being part of this bumpy journey (thanks to COVID!) over the last year and a half and for always trying his best to represent all members and supports AILA's inititives at every level whist keeping AILA's strategic objectives in check. Your time and commitment to AILA NSW didn't go unoticed and I look forward to continuing to work together on the advocacy front.

Tessa Faucheur

News from the NSW President Lee Andrews – 22 June 2021  | A Fond Farewell

After serving on the Executive an in elected roles for two terms, currently as President, I will be stepping down as of end of June to make way for new talent to shine.

I won’t bore you here with a long goodbye, I will save that delight for the ACM. However, before riding off into the sunset, I do have a few important things to share with you.

First, a big thanks goes to: Emily, she and started on the Executive at the same time and she was VP and then Secretary in that time; to Carlo and Adam, who are also stepping down, for your continued contributions; to Tanya, Grace, David and Jason, for sticking around, continuity is key to maintaining the momentum and, a big congratulations to Emma for being appointed to the Land and Environment Court and to Katie, Kate and Miriam for nominating to be on the Executive, and in the Australian context, to ‘…maintain the rage and enthusiasm…’.

The experience of being the Executive Secretary, Vice President and then President has had its moments, but ultimately it has been highly rewarding. As President, I had two main objectives, to grow the Executive and to increase AILA’s exposure within the NSW Government.

To be part of an team that grew from four when Emily and I first started to the current full house of eight, with committee and working group numbers expanding and the frequently visitation of members at the Executive and Advocacy meetings is testimony to the organisation’s purpose and strong future.

The NSW Government is very active with new and aspiring policies, plans and projects: the new Design and Place SEPP, the Design and Building Practitioners Act, the recently announced Greater Sydney Parklands and the many infrastructure projects planned and coming on line are just a few. These initiatives are ambitious not only in their scope but how they will shape and be shaped by landscape architects. In the past 12-18 months, AILA has engaged with and established positive and direct working relationships with the Minister for DPIE and his office, the Government Architect’s office, and the many teams that make up the Design, Place and Parks directorate, not to mention AILA’s long term affiliation with Transport for NSW and the Centre for Urban Design.

This, combined with the success of the Land-e-Scape festival late 2020 and the recent online NSW awards program and record number of entries, only elevates further the relevance and importance of the profession of landscape architecture.

Finally, my biggest thanks goes to Tessa. We both stepped into our current roles around the same time and, I think it fair to say, we were both a bit unsure how this dance went. After some accidental toe stepping-on, Tess took the lead and has not looked back. At the start of Covid, when it was clear meetings, seminars, festivals and the pending launch of LAtitude CPD program looked doomed, in her usual unflappable self, Tessa’ simple replied, (to be read with a French accent) “Oh well, this is what we need to do!” and off she went. In no time flat Tessa had us set up Zoom and Trello, moved LAtitude seamlessly to an online format and, was a major force in the success of the AILA Land-e-Scape festival. And with her other hand, Tessa was running registrations and interviews, organising on-line and face-to-face events, organising external meetings with government types, keeping everyone up to date and on track (especially me), not to mention keeping our sponsors on board and happy. Each time I was unsure of which way to go, a quick chat with Tessa left me in doubt of the next step (“Yes Tessa” quickly became my mantra). I have no doubt the new Executive will find Tessa’s professionalism and commitment as inspiring as I did.

Enough wind-bagging from me. Again, congratulations to the new Executive and I hope to see as many of you as possible at the ACM and Awards Celebrations.

Lee Andrews

Soon to be Ex-President AILA Chapter NSW

News from the NSW Vice President Tanya Wood – 15 June 2021  | 2021 NSW Awards

The AILA NSW awards were held on Wednesday 9th June and once again provided the opportunity to reflect and celebrate. The media attention these awards have received echo’s the sentiment we already knew; the key role landscape architects play in delivering and advocating for green and considered space. A formidable and talented jury led by Joshua French drove the awarding process during the online reveal and an enjoyable evening ensued. Congratulations to all the winners and participants in the awards. Credit, as has been said, belongs to the person in the arena. Thank you for putting yourself and your projects forward.


Change is afoot in the NSW executive as we farewell Lee Andrews, Emily Forest, Adam Jeffery and Carlo Missio. The contribution you have made to AILA NSW and the profession is astounding. We are fortunate to be receiving what was 4 years of hard work and tenacity and we look forward to continuing your efforts. Through Lee’s successful leadership we have navigated to our current and robust position as a team. Thank you. Thank you to Miriam Enoch, Katie Earle and Cate Wallace for their nomination to the executive and stepping forward to help drive AILA NSW. It is humbling to see such a strong group of landscape architects nominate for the executive. On that note, I look forward to meeting face to face with many of you at the AILA NSW 2021 Awards Cocktail and ACM Celebrations on Thursday 24th June 6pm at View by Sydney, Walsh Bay.

Tanya Wood
AILA NSW Vice President

News from the Chapter - AILA NSW revealed the winners of the 2021 Landscape Architecture Awards on 9th June 2021.



News from the NSW Executive Member David Moir – 25 May 2021  | Update from Regional NSW

Hello from Awabakal & Worimi Country,

Heading into Winter and the AILA awards season is upon us with 78 entries alone in NSW for 2021. For those that witnessed the awards reveal last week, or who have caught glimpses through the AILA NSW social media posts, it is apparent that the quality of this year’s entries is very high and testament to the diversity in scale and type of projects being undertaken by our members. The jury members will have truly earned their complimentary bottle of Shiraz selecting the winners from this stellar field of entries.

The “Regional Renaissance” salon was held in Newcastle on the 23rd of April with presentations from Fiona Morrison (Director Open Space- DPIE), Ian McAlister (Manager Open Space & Recreation – Dubbo Regional Council) and Shahreen Alford (Director of SALA4D – Orange). The discussions focussed on the issues surrounding strategic planning of open space in regional areas and the innovation taking place to meet the challenges faced by communities to meet the “biblical” series of events that have occurred of the past few years, and those that are still predicted to arrive. Special thanks to Darren Mason and Andreasen’s for sponsoring the day and providing the venue where the speakers had to compete with pods of surfing dolphins. A highlight for all was the moving and inspiring Welcome to Country delivered by Awabakal Elder Uncle Bill. Given the chance Uncle Bill would have spoken all day, and given the chance, all of us would have happily let him.

We are hoping to organise another regional event before the year ends so watch this space.

There is a busy month ahead with nominations for the NSW AILA Executive closing on Sunday 23rd of May and the new Executive to be appointed in June. I would like to take the opportunity to personally thank retiring executive members, Lee Andrews and Emily Forrest, for their dedication and commitment to the AILA NSW executive over the past four years and look forward to them applying their considerable knowledge and experience in both the  Advocacy committee (Lee) and Registration Interviews (Emily) . 

Finally, the AILA NSW Award winners will be announced on the 9th of June live online on YouTube, registrations for this online event are open now, and to celebrate face to face AILA NSW is putting on a celebratory cocktail evening along with the ACM on June 24th, register now as we look forward to seeing you there.


David Moir, AILA
AILA NSW Executive Member

News from the NSW Executive Member Grace Mansour – 11 May 2021  | The Lived Experience

Hello everyone,
I would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who attended our ‘Lived Experience’s event on Friday. We had over 70 attendees for what was a first for AILA: a discussion intended to open up conversation and reduce the stigma around Mental Health & Wellbeing. Reflecting on my own story, I remember asking why? The only console I could give myself was to say that by me enduring this experience, I could one day share it with others to help them. So, with that in mind, we all hope that sharing our collective ‘Lived Experiences’ will have a positive impact on someone’s life.


Over the last 10 months, through consultation with the membership, state chapter executives and committees through a series of surveys, questionaries, focus groups and feedback sessions National have been working through the renewal of the ‘Strategic Plan 2021 and Beyond .' The 5 key pillars have now been identified, reflecting areas identified as important to AILA now and for the next chapter as follows:

  • Sustainable AILA
  • Membership
  • Education
  • Advocacy
  • Profile
Alongside these five pillars sit the three strategic values of Connection to Country, Gender Equity and Climate Positive Design. The Strategic Plan is available now on the AILA website and will be implemented from the 1st July 2021.

Nominations are still open for NSW Executive Team members, we are after passionate individuals to join our team to help realise our goals and initiatives; applications will close on the 23rd of May.

Lastly, a quick reminder that the Awards Reveal is happening on the 14th of May,
registrations  are still open, we look forawrd to seeing then!


Kind regards,


News from the NSW Vice President Tanya Wood & Chapter Manager Tessa Faucheur 
Our Students & State Executive Nominations

AILA NSW State Executive Nominations and Elections 2021-2023

2021 is an election year, AILA NSW Executive is succession planning for the next term. As you may be aware, current President Lee Andrews is stepping down after two terms (4 years) in an executive office bearer position (VP + P), as well as Emily Forrest who will remain involved with AILA through the interview process and to support AILA with Local Government. Lee Andrews will also remained involved in assisting with the hand over and will continue to lead the AILA NSW Advocacy Committee. AILA NSW thanks them both for their on-going contribution to AILA over the last few years. AILA NSW is now seeking to enhance our current Executive of Tanya Wood (Current VP), Adam Jeffery (Secretary), David Moir, Grace Mansour, Jason Cuffe and Carlo Missio with 2 passionate and dedicated members. 
Nominations open on Monday 3rd May and will close Sunday 23rd May at 11:59pm AEST. To nominate please download and fill up the form (below link) and email it back to [email protected] by the due date along with the required items listed.

We recommend for anyone interested to join the executive team to watch the AILA CONNECT online webinar recording held on 5th May online or check out the presentation .
If you have any questions regarding the Executive nomination process, please do not hesitate to contact the Chapter.


Tessa Faucheur - AILA NSW Chapter Manager 
0499 245 222 - [email protected]

With the academic year in full swing and university life for students resuming some level of on-site activity it was a great time for AILA NSW to meet face to face with AILA Fresh NSW. The Sydney Royal Botanic Garden tour on Friday 16th April saw students, graduates and members treated to an in-depth discussion about the site, its cultural significance, history and horticultural displays. Followed by a native bush food lunch it was an excellent way for Fresh to re-engage after the last 12 months. The sharing of knowledge and cross-university experience was a key takeaway from the event.

It is apparent we must learn from this next generation of Landscape Architects. Their knowledge and technical adaptations displayed this past year have highlighted this.  Upcoming events in the works include a reinvigorated ‘Fresh Meet’, studio tours along with another ‘Out of Print’ online session, following last year’s success.

Tanya Wood
AILA NSW Vice President

News from the NSW Executive Member Adam Jeffery – 13 April 2021  | Responding Together


I keep reflecting on how 2020 was a year like no other. In the summer of 2020, we experienced devastating bush fires. In March 2020, we saw a global pandemic declaration followed by a range of lockdown measures which still dictate many aspects of movement around our country and cities.


Just when you think this year couldn't get any worse, in March 2021, we experienced an array of wild weather with record-breaking floods, impacting large parts of NSW and Queensland.  Many of the areas affected by floods were afflicted with extreme drought and bushfires from the previous summer of 2020. The burnt and scarred landscapes are often a catalyst for producing more runoff during extreme rain events because the fires reduce the soil's capacity to absorb and hold water.


There is no better time than now to be better prepared for a changing climate and readiness for increasingly severe weather events. We are best placed as landscape architects to provide leadership in all aspects of management, planning, and design that mitigates the onsets of a changing climate. As landscape architects, we should be at the forefront of protecting our natural environment and assisting our communities in adapting to our changing circumstances.


Adam Jeffery

AILA NSW Executive Secretary

News from the NSW Advocacy Committee Member - 30 March 2021 | Peak Place Policy approaches

As far as I can remember, 22 years ago we had the Urban Design Charter. Now we have the Design & Place SEPP, the Public Spaces Charter, Better Placed, Greener Places, Movement and Place, Place jobs in all our departments, corporate objectives like ‘Successful Places’ as well as Place division names like ‘Infrastructure & Place’. Design experts keep asking me what Place is all about, and people who are expert in other things seem to know exactly.

But it’s easy to be cynical and in fact the discussion, while confusing, is making people talk about design and the quality of our communities and the landscape. Which is a good thing as long as it doesn’t stop designers doing their job. The problems that can occur include place making when the place is already made and a check box approach to design which isn’t contextual.

But I really like the Governments Architects Connecting With Country Draft Framework. It asks us to humbly listen to Country and let her guide us. Brilliant.

Behind all this PPP lies a vast plain of industry and jobs and people quietly getting on with things that are timeless. LAs in the private sector and Councils across the State looking after parks and streets. Landscape architecture practices making things better on our vast transport program. Planners and landscape managers planning for and providing sports facilities over the whole of Greater Sydney. National Parks people improving, managing and helping in National Parks (often volunteers). State government LAs looking after Western Sydney Parkland or helping protect millions of trees on the South Coast Princes Highway.

I walked past some of these people last week, they had cordoned off the gates and gatehouse to Callan Park and I asked them (nicely) what they were up to. “Fixing the heritage gates, restoring the original lights, repairing the gatehouse and opening the gates for public access”. What great work! They were from Public Works, in the old heritage stone team under Bruce Pettman. It made me happy that they had been retained with all the changes in Government, and that they hadn’t been renamed Stone & Place (which sounds like a good beer.)

Anyway a lot happening at the moment and the Design and Place SEPP needs commenting on - so get involved.

Gareth Collins

AILA NSW Advocacy Committee member 

News from the NSW President Lee Andrews - 17 March 2021 | Quarterly Update

Much has been said that 2021 wants, needs to be better year than 2020. No argument. Part of this betterment is the shift we are seeing in how people notice and use their open space, which is testing our imagination in how to plan and for a better future.

AILA Chapter’s objective this year is to engage more with government, to encourage their policies to embrace AILA’s vision and principles contained within the growing 4 pillars.

COMMENTING: AILA Chapter Executive and Advocacy are commenting across numerous topics affecting our industry including the Design and Place State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP), the Greener Places Guide, Draft Design Building Practitioners Bill and Regulations and the potential impacts on AILA registration, the Urban Tree Canopy Cover, the Aerotropolis, the Parks for People program and pending SOP Parklands Future Directions to name a few.

ENGAGING:AILA Chapter Executive is engaging with the Minister for DPIE, the Place, Design and Public Spaces, the Government Architects and the Open Space and Parks offices promoting the need for more new open space, the implementation of the Green Grid increase funding to sustain the green initiatives and improved alignment of objectives and targets across government planning instruments. AILA Chapter is represented on the NSWG led COVID-19 Response (Shovel Ready)working group, a peak body representing development interests aimed at keeping the construction industry active and the economy turning.

WINNING: A significant win for all AILA members was the reinstatement by Transport for NSW of the Centre for Urban Design, led by landscape architects, author and keepers of the seminal and internationally referenced ‘Beyond the Pavement’ document. This is a significant positive step by the government in acknowledging the importance of the landscape architecture profession and green infrastructure.

MOVING FORWARD: In step with the upcoming AILA ‘2021 and Beyond Strategy’ AILA Chapter’s chapter strategy is also focused on regional membership. Along with changes to the Awards 2021, with the Regional Achievement Awards winners now being elevated to the National Award Program, the Chapter is also planning a regional salon in April. Be sure to come along face to face for the day to AILA NSW Regional Renaissance Salon held at Mereweather Newcastle on April 23rd!

Two proposals prepared by AILA members are being considered by the AILA Board include the AHLA Landscape Convention and the Shade Smart, a MoU between AILA, the Cancer Council and the Cancer Institute. Both offering significant considerations when designing in the landscape.

EVOLVING: With AILA Chapter Executive elections happening this year early June, I will be stepping down from the elected position of President after 2 terms. Nominations for executive member to join the Committee will be called for in time to ensure a new Chapter Executive in place well before the ACM and Awards 2021 celebrations .I invite you to start considering your application now.

CELEBRATING: AILA States Awards Program will be closing next week – Wednesday 24th March 11:59pm AEDT! Be sure to enter this year's Awards and get in touch with our Chapter Manager Tessa  if you have any queries. Future Leaders Students and Graduates will also be awarded in NSW this year, please put them forward, online and for free!

We look forward to the opportunity to celebrate with this year's entrants, winners and the industry, the outstanding landscape architecture achievements of 2020!

Lee Andrews

AILA Chapter (NSW) President

Release of EIE Design and Place SEPP  |  26 February 2021

On Friday 26th, the NSW Government Architect office released their EIE (Explanation of Intended Effect) of their Design and Place SEPP (State Environmental Planning Policies).

There is no question that the new Design and Place SEPP will have significant benefits not just for the profession of Landscape Architects, but more broadly for the landscape and GI values for which we advocate.

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)

News from the NSW Advocacy Committee Member Katie Earle - 3 March 2021 | GANSW Designing With Country 

The Government Architect of NSW (GANSW) recently published Designing with Countrya discussion paper for ‘all stakeholders engaged in built environment projects that impact Aboriginal communities as well as their culture and heritage’ - GANSW March, 2020.

The Design with Country paper discusses and poses questions related to: the need to change our design and planning processes around Country, why we need to design for Country, restoring cultural landscapes, elements of designing with Country, human centric versus Country centric design process, the Ochre Grid, cultural mapping and the importance of Greater Sydney in Designing with Country.

The paper also discusses some of the issues that emerged from the ‘Designing with Country Forum’ held in Sydney in 2018, hosted by GANSW in partnership with the Australian Institute of Architects, the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, and the Planning Institute of Australia.

Feedback to this discussion paper and associated activities will be used to support the development of Connecting with Country cultural design principles and implementation framework.

To address the challenge of how to ‘Design with Country’ GANSW will lead a series of engagement processes inviting Aboriginal community members, recognised cultural knowledge holders, design and planning industry experts, and government representatives to consider and respond to the themes explored in the document. These responses will help inform a set of Cultural Design Principles and a framework to apply them to all built environment projects delivered by government.


We would love to hear your valuable feedback and are calling on all AILA members to take our Designing with Country survey . The survey results will be summarised and sent to GANSW as a consolidated AILA NSW response to inform the development of the cultural design principles. Email us at [email protected] to get in touch!

Katie Earl - AILA, NSW Advocacy Committee
Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard - FAILA , National and NSW Connection to Country Committee

News from the NSW Executive Member Emily Forrest - 16 February 2021 | Finding a rhythm

No doubt we’re all back in the rhythm of work for 2021 and many of us are hopeful that the challenges of last year are over and prove in the long-term to be a positive experience. Many State, Local government and private practices were able to continue with ongoing projects and benefit from stimulus seed funding through the various government funding channels. We anticipate that 2020 has seen a collection of interesting, unique and award-worthy projects delivered, which we may be privileged to preview in the 2021 AILA Awards. Entries are now open and the NSW Jury has been announced - you can find more information here . Last year’s live-streamed ceremony was a success AILA is keen to repeat, although we all love to meet in person so details of the event will be forthcoming.

In 2021 so far AILA NSW has held two webinar discussion forums for members, including January’s ‘NSW Exploring the NSW Building Regulation’ with the Australian Institute of Architecture’s Kathlyn Loseby, and the ‘Where Will all the Trees Be?’ phase three national benchmarking report card from the Greener Spaces Better Places collective (former 2020 Vision), presented by Jess Miller. Please remember that recordings of these events are now standard practice and available to AILA members, NSW and beyond.

Don’t forget to keep informed with AILA’s Advocacy interests – a full list of submissions is provided on the AILA NSW Advocacy Webpage.

Emily Forrest
NSW Executive Committee

News from the NSW Executive Member Carlo Missio - 2 February 2021 | Awards entries opening 10th Feb

Budyeri kamaru
, Hello in the Gadigal language, AILA members,

As 2021 moves into February we look forward to a new chapter for the global environment led by the USA on climate change policy and will ensure that our work and representation of the membership reflects the pressure required to ensure our legislators are on board with sustainable thinking at levels of government.


With Covid-19 still dictating many aspects of movement around the country and some of our cities and regions; remember to stay safe and follow all necessary precautions in the workplace and out on site.  The post Covid recovery and the impact of social distancing on public spaces and streetscapes is evident and will continue to be so as we evolve to respond to the shifting conditions and necessities of working from home and its viability long term.


Along with covid recovery plans, we can’t forget that a year ago much of Australia was devastated by bushfire and that while in a ‘la nina’ cycle we must maintain awareness of the risks during the bushfire season, but also not forget that many people are still living with the devastation and loss, coupled with covid. It is important to reach and talk to your peers, friends and relatives and remember that we are all in this together.


The executive would like to remind the membership that 2021 Award entries open on the 10th February and we are looking forward to seeing the amazing work you are all doing across the state and Australia.

Carlo Missio
NSW Executive Member

News from the NSW Executive Member Jason Cuffe - 19th January | Welcome to 2021

On behalf of AILA NSW I would like to welcome everyone back to the office, virtual or physical, and hope that you all had a refreshing break over the Christmas and New Year’s Period. As a newly appointed member of the Executive Committee I am excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing advocacy of the profession and representing the members of NSW.


Over my 10years+ of practice AILA has provided the foundation for the way in which I practice, the growth of my professional knowledge and the building of strong friend, client and colleague relationships. The opportunity to give back and be involved in these activities was a key motivation for joining the Executive Committee. Critical to this is the continued recognition of the profession through registration and engagement with junior to mid-level landscape architects. For me, this represents the prospect of increased membership but more importantly knowledge leadership and mentorship of the junior/ mid-level members of the profession. Equally, I would encourage registered junior and mid-level landscape architects to put their hand up to actively be involved in AILA and have a voice at the table of the profession. To be leaders in their own right and to champion the next generation of design, practice and advocacy of the profession.


I am extremely humbled and excited to be part of the AILA NSW team and drive representation of its members at a state level; to listen to and to learn from the extraordinary depth of knowledge that you as landscape architects have; and to share this knowledge with other disciplines, organisations and state bodies.


Thank you for the opportunity and I look forward to working with all of you in 2021.


Jason Cuffe

Executive Committee

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