QLD News 2020
David Uhlmann, AILA Queensland President

We hope all our Queensland members are doing well as we continue to come out of the COVID pandemic. The Executive Committee have continued to meet regularly and there is plenty happening both through AILA and the profession, especially online, with our audiences broadening and being able to engage further with our regional members and those in other states. 

We are now only one month away from the State elections and it’s great to see our members out advocating the key issues to their local candidates. Remember that we’ve put out some resources for members you can access here if you haven’t yet! The more members who get involved, the stronger the AILA voice is. 

For the remainder of the year, we look forward to continuing our advocacy with the new Government and allied professionals and look forward to coming together with our members towards the end of the year.

As always if you have anything you’d like to raise with the AILA Queensland Chapter, please get in touch.
 
Regards,
David Uhlmann
AILA Queensland President

David Roberts, AILA QLD Executive Committee

Welcome to the AILA QLD e-news. 

I trust you are keeping busy in the current environment and finding enough good quality work to keep you and your teams busy. The end of the year is coming up fast and so is the QLD State Election. Without going on too much about politics, it is currently a great time to get in front of your State Members & candidates and have your say to make a difference. 

The QLD Advocacy Group has recently produced an election campaign and we have called on the State Government as well as potential candidates to address several issues that have been at the forefront lately. Some of these are more financial stimulus packages to respond to COVID-19; more investment in green infrastructure and importantly; creation of a QBCC ‘Project Management Licence limited to Landscape Architectural Services’. Let’s not hold our breath for the last one. 

Nothing great was ever achieved alone and it takes a collective effort to make a significant difference. Take the time to get in touch with your State Member & candidates and draw their attention to the issues in our industry. If you need any assistance or guidance in this, do not hesitate to contact the QLD AILA office. 

On another note, the QLD Advocacy Group is currently in the process of drafting a submission for the Department of Transport and Main Roads. This organisation has significant reach across the State of Queensland and our contribution to how these projects are completed is important. 

If you have any issues you would like to raise, send them through as we would love to hear from you. Roadway and linear infrastructure take up a large portion of our urban fabric and engaging with TMR on a regular basis helps to improve the quality of outcomes across the State.

Lastly, I would like to say do not forget to spend quality time with your friends, family and loved ones. We remember our colleagues in Victoria and the mammoth effort they are currently going through with lockdown. We encourage them to persist and we hope to see them emerge soon and get back to a semi-normal life as soon as possible. 

Regards
David Roberts

Alex Woodward, AILA QLD Executive Committee Member

Welcome to the AILA QLD e-news for September. 

I hope you are all managing well during the current circumstance that our community find ourselves. 

Reflection
We are made wise not solely by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future. – George Bernard Shaw.

I came across this quote in passing and have taken this opportunity to stop and ponder the future and the future of landscape architecture. During the pandemic, many of us have had time to stop and review our profession’s changing role in the world as we move into the “new normal”. As we all wait for Covid vaccines and the resolution of this global pandemic my thoughts go to our relationships with nature, there is no cure or quick fix for our environment.  The International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) are beginning to focus their thoughts into this area and the post Covid world and are seeking feedback from practicing landscape architects. 

Whilst everyone flocks to areas of nature, the mountains, beachside towns, there is no vaccine to cure our environment; we need everyone’s cooperation. As landscape architects we have the knowledge to work symbiotically, harnessing these relationships to improve our environments and provide respite for our communities.  I’m confident that it will be landscape architects that play the leading role in formulating and creating solutions for a brighter future.

Reflecting on the contribution of those, past present and future and my own small contribution. It has made me consider that not all spaces need to be “activated” or create buzz. We already live in a world where we are constantly bombarded with advertising, light, colour and screens. Should we not be aiming to provide spaces allowing people to relax, unwind and reconnect with nature. It is these spaces, most often unprogrammed, open space and national parks that are flourishing with activity like never seen before. I contemplated this whilst stuck in a four-hour traffic jam to the sunshine coast, as apparently all the inhabitants of Brisbane had the same idea. To me it validates this ideal, that people living in such urbanisation need the space and time to be grounded to embrace nature and its natural systems. 

State Elections
As state elections fast approach, the strength of the Landscape Architecture profession is once again being highlighted as our society continues to utilise and relish our public open space and national parks for relief, to maintain an active lifestyle, sport, for recreation and more.  It is during this time, we ask all AILA members to join us in bringing Landscape Architecture to the top of the agenda, advocating for more, green open space, active transport and green corridors. Keep an eye out for our letter to local members, ministers and the premier. 

Upcoming Events
During this period, our Chapter is even more committed to keeping in contact with its members and providing an engaging program and support. Knowledge is key to ensuring that people are learning, growing and engaged in their professional careers. We encourage you all to invest in knowledge sharing and development. There is no shortage of opportunities to learn and engage in our landscape community in the coming months. We encourage you join in on our AILA online events, as it’s a great way to stay connected and more importantly keep up to date with current industry trends and topics. You can check out our Calendar of events here. 

Take care
Alex Woodward
AILA QLD Executive Committee Member

Cass Gaisford, AILA QLD Executive Committee Member

Welcome to the September QLD e- news.

I hope everyone is looking after their physical and mental wellbeing during this time. It feels a bit like we are sitting in a holding pattern, which can be very challenging on both a personal and professional capacity. 

All of us have been affected in some way by the pandemic, and it’s been interesting to watch how our lifestyles have changed and adapted to a different way of day to day living. This period has also provided us with an opportunity to reflect and re-evaluate what is important to us, and potentially has given us time to think about where we can start being more active in making some positive changes around us.

Last month our household took up the challenge of plastic free July. It certainly was an eye opening experience on just how challenging it was with the limited plastic free options available, but I must say it was very rewarding carrying the shopping into the house, completely plastic free. 

The value of open space has really been put in the in the lime light over the past 6 months, particularly the value of unprogrammed and free space, allowing people, from all different ages, abilities and backgrounds, to choose how they wish to recreate. Whether for play, sport, exercise, contemplation or to connect with their communities. With many parks and recreation trails bustling with people, the need to give more green/ public space over for outdoor recreation has never been more evident.

With the upcoming elections, it’s really now a timely opportunity for us as Landscape Architects, both within our profession and as public citizens, to start making some positive changes by advocating for more (connected) green open space for both people and critters. And to set design expectations, that showcase best practice in sustainability, innovation and urban ecology.

There are some significant public projects coming up across the state, and we have an opportunity to have a voice in getting the best public space initiatives onto everybody’s agenda. So, keep those elected members emails handy and start writing.

A big thanks to those of you who are already involved in advocating for great public open spaces and green infrastructure on our behalf.

Like many of you, I am looking forward to catching up face to face in the near future. In the meantime however, AILA have organised some really great online events coming up in the coming months, so definitely keep a lookout in your inboxes and save the dates. 

Take care
Cass Gaisford, 
AILA QLD Executive Committee Member

Lisa Mercer, AILA Qld Executive Committee & AILA Gold Committee member

Welcome to QLDs e-News,

I have been inspired by observing current events in my local community and workplace to reflect on what drives us internally to practice landscape architecture. There are seemingly daily challenges and systemic issues we deal with regularly as a profession and yet we persevere. We often doggedly pursue issues and project aspects to produce what we believe will be quality outcomes for our client, community and importantly the broader environment. Sometimes they are very small, seemingly trivial components. On occasion, in the scheme of things perhaps they are. I would argue though, that’s it’s the combined effect of these things that can make a world of difference in the end.

Our strength as a discipline often lies in the diversity of skills we bring to the table, our ability to negotiate outcomes, work through options to deliver a solution to a problem or challenge, and one of the most important in my opinion, is our empathy for place and valuing the legacy we leave.

So this diversity of skills we bring is often based on past experience overlaid with a community-centred mindfulness. With this in mind, I would like to encourage all our members to keenly engage with the activities and events promoted by AILA. Many enthusiastic, passionate practitioners and others work tirelessly behind the scenes to develop these programs for you and the benefits for you, and what you can bring to others can be profound. 

If these times are showing us nothing else, drawing closer together as a community builds strength individually and as a group.

As I continue to practice professionally, I also reflect that ‘practice’ doesn’t just mean as a landscape architect. It is also an ‘action or doing’ word not a noun in this context. We are in the ‘practice’ of life too. So what makes us better in this practice of life? Is it guided, targeted professional study in an area of interest, working in a community garden, playing sport, giving a voice to audio books for the elderly, volunteering in a community organisation, mentoring young students or professionals, physically exercising, spending time with family, having a picnic in a park, reading, playing with your dog or taking a pottery course?…for me, pursuing work /  life balance plays an important role in being observant, keen and inspired in all I do. 

Our mental and physical health particularly in times of financial and professional challenge needs to be prioritised, and there is no time like the present!

So let’s ‘practice’!

Lisa Mercer
AILA Qld Executive Committee and AILA Gold Committee member
David Uhlmann, AILA Queensland President

The AILA QLD Annual Chapter Meeting was held online last Thursday with the Executive, sub-committees, members and partners coming together to celebrate our new RLA's, Fellows and discuss the chapter activity over the last twelve months. We also gave an update on the letter sent to the Minister regarding QBCC licencing.

Congratulations to all our new RLA's and our new Fellows - Paul Druery and Damian Thompson.

Read the minutes from the Annual Chapter Meeting and the full Chapter Report (PDF 294kb). Thank you to everyone who attended.

QBCC Licencing update:
A co-signed letter was sent by AILA QLD and AILDM to the Minister of the Department of Housing and Public Works on 13 July, requesting an urgent meeting around the issues. Please see the letter here.

David Uhlmann
AILA Queensland President

AILA QLD New Fellow Announcements

Damian Thompson
Damian has received a fellowship for his significant commitment to the profession and in recognition of his enormous contributions and passion for delivering place-specific and ecologically beneficial outcomes with engaged and empowered communities.

Damian has led one of Queensland’s largest and most successful landscape architectural practices for the past 10 years, garnering multiple awards in landscape, urban and open space design. He is considered one of the State’s leading landscape architects, as a designer, practice manager and active contributor to community discourse regarding urban and landscape design.

As a life-long waterway devotee Damian is one of the founding members of the Flood of Ideas project and has contributed nationally to debates and forums testing the fragile balance between marginal landscapes and the shape of contemporary cities.

Damian has and continues to support AILA as a judge on numerous awards panels and contributes to the growth of talent in our industry through his long association in lecturing, tutoring and mentoring students at Queensland University of Technology.

Paul Druery
Paul has received a fellowship for his significant commitment to the profession and in recognition of his achievements in developing and promoting the practice and business management capabilities of our profession.

Throughout his career, Paul has shaped many of Australia’s notable practices including EDAW and AECOM and, during the last 10 years as a founder and co-owner of Lat27 he has developed and managed the successful implementation of the business and professional practices within this award winning landscape architecture studio.

The depth of his work experience includes major residential communities, tourist resorts, town centres, defense facilities, open space and parkland projects and private residences. He is both, a respected collaborator and dedicated mentor to young practitioners.

Paul is respected as one of the profession’s practice leaders and this has been recognised through his appointment as a Panel Member on AILA’s Senior Practitioner Advisory Panel. He also regularly mentors young landscape architects as a contributor to the AILA Registration program.

Jamie Franklin, Vice President AILA QLD and AILA SUN Chair

This year’s AILA QLD awards were yet again a wonderful celebration of the strength of the Landscape Architecture profession with 17 award winners, including over half of those awarded to regional projects. As the chair of AILA SUN it was fantastic to see five awards go to Sunshine Coast region and the broad display of quality projects across the whole of Queensland. Well done to everyone who contributed to all projects submitted, and special congrats to the Sunshine Coast contingent.  

Right now is an incredibly important time for Landscape Architects to promote the importance of green open space, active transport and access to the great outdoors as we start to step out and begin social recovery. As life transcends into the ‘new normal’ don’t stop advocating for all things that matter to you and the profession’s values. Last week, Carl Safstrom, Abi Leybourne and myself from AILA SUN spoke to these types of issues with The Design Series team who are profiling the key professions that inspire all forms of design. The Design Series is an initiative on the Sunshine Coast to bring the art, architecture, digital, engineering, environment, landscape and planning professions together to jointly examine the dimensions of design, its traditions, its people and its inspirations. These come together through short films, talks, exhibitions to generate ideas and discussion. Keep an eye out for the ‘Future Coast’ live event on 3rd September where Tim Ross meets Ben Johnston, one not to be missed!  http://mccmetropolitan.com.au/the-design-series/ .

Yours in ‘advocacy for great design’

Jamie Franklin
Vice President AILA QLD and AILA SUN Chair

Media Releases & Media web links | 2020 Landscape Architecture Awards QLD

The strength of the Landscape Architecture profession was displayed this evening at the Queensland Landscape Architecture Awards 2020.

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) Queensland has announced 17 winning projects – including three Awards of Excellence and one Regional Award – which all highlight commitment to the deep-rooted values of the industry.

AILA Queensland Awards media report - read it here

Read more in the official media releases:
AILA Queensland Award Winners Revealed (PDF)
AILA Queensland Award Winners Revealed - Sunshine Coast (PDF)
AILA Queensland Award Winners Revealed - Gold Coast (PDF)

Print

The Courier Mail, Beach Shack’s garden is a winner

Online

The Yards Up for Awards 
QLD Landscape Awards’ Greener Community 
Queensland Landscape Architecture Awards
Queensland Landscape Architecture Awards highlight importance of shared space for community
 Noosa ‘Eco Lair’ Wins Top Award
Pimpama Playground Queensland’s Best Park
 $18m Noosa ‘Eco Lair’ Wins Top Landscape Award
2020 QLD Landscape Architecture Award Winners Revealed
2020 QLD Landscape Architecture Award Winners Revealed
Queensland Landscape Architecture Awards 2020 Winners
Winners Announced: 2020 QLD Landscape Architecture Awards
Gold Coast playground names Queensland’s best park
 Beach Shack’s garden is a winner
Realestate.com.au, Gold Coast playground names Queensland’s best park
The Queensland Times, $18m ‘eco lair’ in line for national award
Charleville Western Times, $18m ‘eco lair’ in line for national award
The Chronicle, $18m ‘eco lair’ in line for national award
Chinchilla News, $18m ‘eco lair’ in line for national award
Gladstone Observer, $18m ‘eco lair’ in line for national award
News Mail, $18m ‘eco lair’ in line for national award
Sunshine Coast Daily, $18m ‘eco lair’ in line for national award
The Morning Bulletin, $18m ‘eco lair’ in line for national award
The Western Star, $18m ‘eco lair’ in line for national award
The Daily Mercury, $18m ‘eco lair’ in line for national award
South Burnett Times, $18m ‘eco lair’ in line for national award
Central Queensland News, $18m ‘eco lair’ in line for national award
Stanthorpe Border Post, $18m ‘eco lair’ in line for national award
Gatton Star, $18m ‘eco lair’ in line for national award
The Gympie Times, $18m ‘eco lair’ in line for national award
Noosa News, $18m ‘eco lair’ in line for national award
Whitsunday Times, $18m ‘eco lair’ in line for national award
Warwick Daily News, $18m ‘eco lair’ in line for national award
Fraser Coast Chronicle, $18m ‘eco lair’ in line for national award
Dalby Herald, $18m ‘eco lair’ in line for national award


David Hatherly, AILA QLD Professional Advisory Committee Chair 

Greeting AILA Qld,

As we all transition out of lockdown and post COVID we reflect on the positive changes that have occurred to our industry and what effect it will have long term into the future. Changes to our work practices, changes to the broader communities view on our open space network, changes in attitude to spaces for pedestrians versus vehicles and changes to how our universities deliver the education of our future Landscape Architects. The hope is that this appetite for change continues and it begins to reflect in our future work practices, process of design and celebration of our work as we “piviot” to the new normal. 

This month we also celebrate the collective work of Landscape Architects in Queensland over the last twelve months with our State Awards being held on Thursday 25th of June. With a record number of entries this year, there is a wide range of projects, all of a very high calibre. Best of luck to all entries and we look forward to celebrating with everyone virtually on Thursday night. 

David Hatherly
AILA QLD Professional Advisory Committee Chair 


Tessa Leggo, AILA QLD Executive Committee Secretary

Greeting AILA Qld,

As we watch everything ramping up around us it’s a good time to reflect on what the last few months have shown us.  Are we going back to same-same or will it be different?  Perhaps it’s time to record what you liked about the change in pace and practice so it doesn’t get lost in our progression back to routines and school lunches.  Being able to capture the positive aspects of our adaptations may help us reintegrate back into office life.  Also taking stock of just how important well-connected public space became to all of ours lives!  Be ready to advocate for a greater weight to be placed on providing external spaces that cater for a more active an engaged community.  Every project, small and large, has the potential to positively impact all of our lives – remember what you say or don’t say influences the outcomes.

From an AILA perspective, we have a lot to celebrate from this period of time.  We now have greater online access to CPD events and opportunities across the country and there has been major upskilling from using digital platforms, broadening our capabilities.  It has also been great to see many members coming to open executive meetings, demonstrating that our professional community is strong and supportive.

With lots of events in the coming months, I look forward to catching up in whatever forum is available to us to continuing the conversation!
Tessa Leggo,
AILA QLD Executive Committee Secretary


Sanctuary Magazine Article by Anthony Power 
"Increased risk of bushfire may be the new normal in many parts of Australia. Still, there are plenty of things you can do in your garden to give your house a better chance of survival if a fire does hit...."

Read the full article (PDF) Garden design to reduce the threat of bushfire by Anthony Power| Principal / Director – Affinity Landscape Architect



Michael Mitchell, AILA GOLD Co-Chair

Hello AILA QLD,
 
Oh behalf of AILA and the AILA GOLD Committee, thank you for your continued support and engagement as members, and we sincerely hope you are all well during this unprecedented time. 
 
I invite fellow AILA GOLD members to join us on Friday 29 May, 12:30pm, as we discuss what is most relevant to practising Landscape Architects in the region. As we look forward to the year ahead, let us connect and share our thoughts on the impacts of COVID-19, its effects, and opportunities for our industry. We hope to bring you information sessions, events, and look forward to your feedback around these in a unique time. A reminder to those interested, we will be chatting about The Spit Gold Coast City Plan and welcome you to have your say at the upcoming virtual get-together.
 
I look forward to connecting with you, online and hopefully soon, in person. 
 
Best regards,
Michael Mitchell
AILA GOLD Co-Chair


Tim Connor, AILA FNQ Co-Chair

Hi All,

A welcome from a still sunny and warm North Queensland. 

We look to be moving to a new phase of the COVID-19 event where restriction are beginning to change and ease. Public spaces have been sanctuary to many of us who have been restricted in our day to day lives, which has led the community to explore numerous local parks and reserves often overlooked and undervalued. As well, this time has meant that we have participated and connected differently – I am eager for my fellow regional AILA members to seize this opportunity to be increasingly involved in AILA through digital platforms.

So with change come’s new opportunities. What my colleagues and I are seeing on the ground in North Queensland is a cautious optimism. Green shoots are beginning to appear with and old opportunities starting to gain traction. 

Let us hope, that this same new confidence spreads wider across Queensland, as we move forward to our next professional challenges.

Many thanks from North Queensland,
Tim Connor
AILA FNQ Co-Chair


The increased value of green space for the socially isolated
Article by Penny Spiers | AILA QLD Member

COVID-19 is currently presenting unprecedented, life threatening challenges to aged care providers, their staff and residents.

As a designer who has spent many years designing landscapes for health and aged care facilities, I can attest to how a great, green space for refuge can positively impact the sense of loneliness and social isolation that is often felt, at the best of times, by many residents who live in aged and health care facilities.... Read the full article


AILA QLD Economic Recovery letter to State Government

AILA QLD calls for investment in landscape architecture and quality open spaces as part of the state economic recovery program. Thank you to all members who provided input and feedback on the AILA QLD letter to push for stimulus funding for economic recovery to State Government. This letter and areas outlined will form the basis of the AILA QLD State Election Campaign. Read it here .

We call on all AILA QLD members to join the push for investment in landscape architecture, quality open spaces and stronger communities in the wake of COVID-19 and tight restrictions. Get active on your social media channels and through your professional networks - share articles, projects, thoughts and advocate to your local members of government by tagging them or writing to them.


Liam Cridland, Connection to Country

Greetings AILA QLD,

The first quarter of this year has certainly brought change and upheaval to our communities, work places and families on a global scale. 
As a practising Landscape Architect and as a parent, this has forced my family and my team to reassess and adapt the way in which we are working, learning and connecting and spending our free time.  

If there is one thing these global events have shown, it is that authentic human connections are critical for our societies' ability to function, blossom and grow whether face to face, or digitally. 
Landscape Architects have the potential to play a major role in the acknowledgement of country in the engagement, design and planning of spaces and environments at all scales, however in this ever changing environment it will be the strength and value of the relationships we are building within and outside our practices, state and industry that will allow us to continue to learn, adapt and grow into the future. 
 
These events have also made us critically consider whether there are better ways of communicating and engaging with our colleagues, clients and consultants. 
It is also worth noting, that the methods we as practitioners are relying on over the last several months, have not generally proven to be successful during engagement with our communities, first nations and individuals. 
The increasing reliance on technology and the speed in which information can now be transferred, has, and will continue to, influence the way in which we as Landscape Architects practice on a daily basis. 
While many businesses are continuing to be productive and collaborate in digital meetings and workshops, these methods of communication are no doubt causing new challenges for those looking to help facilitate these critically important and sensitive interactions.  
 
The network is committed to continuing the development of existing relationships within our local communities, first nations, practices and education institutions to further educate and support our members, advocate the value of Landscape Architecture within our region, and continue to adapt and evolve the appropriateness, sensitivity and value of our indigenous engagement and our work on country.
Let's continue to work together to make every project, conversation and relationship better than our last. 

AILA QLD Executive

We hope everyone is staying safe during these difficult times. The AILA QLD Executive have been responding to the changing circumstances and have started meeting fortnightly to discuss issues affecting our Queensland members. The following are priorities for the Chapter to support our members and partners.

- Providing members with opportunities to connect online – we held the first AILA Qld Virtual Chapter Catch Up last Thursday and it was great to be joined by members from across the State and Jason McGarry from our State Principal Partner, Eureka Landscapes. We will be holding these meetings every fortnight at lunch-time on a Thursday. The next one will have an Advocacy focus and we will be joined by our National Corporate Partner, Lark Industries so please join us.
- Other opportunities include our QLD sub-committees who will continue to meet online to support the Chapter 
- Awards: Thank you to all our members who have entered this year’s Awards and well done for getting them all submitted during this time. We have received a record number of entries and look forward to promoting these through our digital media channels, a virtual launch and culminating in our virtual Awards announcement event. Stay tuned for more details!
- Moving CPD events online to benefit all members around the State – next week we will hold a webinar in collaboration with AIA and QUT - High Water Mark: Designing on Brisbane’s flood plains and there are a number of other webinars and online resources in the pipeline;
- Promoting resources from Government and other organisations to support members through the current circumstances;
- Advocate to Government on the benefits of public open space and Green/ Living Infrastructure, particularly in the lead up to the State Government election. 
We would like to thank our members and corporate partners for your continued support during this time and please reach out or come along to an online meeting or event to keep connected.

Take care,

From the AILA Qld Chapter Executive.

 

Suzie Rawlinson, Regional Landscapes Group Chair

Dear friends and fellow AILA Queensland members,

I hope this newsletter finds you safe and well - most probably working from your new ‘home office’ or in a workplace modified to ensure a safe distance can be maintained from your colleagues. Adapting to this change within a few short weeks has reminded me of the adaptability and resilience of Landscape Architects. I have seen fellow employers acting swiftly and putting the health of their employees first, ensuring that collaborative working environments are maintained though the use of technology, and seeking creative ways to deliver projects with the new constraints on face to face meetings and travel.

I thank AILA for being proactive in providing information to employers and reaching out to find out the needs of our membership. The recent survey is now complete and results will be released soon. Should you have any suggestions or concerns you can reach out to AILA QLD at qld@aila.org.au.

Our social isolation reminds me of the importance of maintaining a connection with our community (friends, family and colleagues) but also a connection with nature. As Landscape Architects we understand that a strong connection to nature improves our emotional well-being and alleviates feelings of social isolation. I hope that our experiences as a community over the coming months boosts future investment in green infrastructure, bringing nature more strongly into our urban landscapes and into our communities. This poses a great opportunity for our profession into the future.

Before COVID-19 the Regional Landscapes Group was continuing with our review and update of the Guideline for Landscape and Visual Impact focusing on the principles and terminology chapters. This review has incorporated comments from those working with the guideline over the past two years. We are also preparing a chapter on Cumulative Impact which has been a hot topic particularly in relation to landscapes changing to accommodate renewable energy projects. We will continue with our monthly workshops via videoconference and look forward to sharing our update with the wider membership. 

I wish you all the best for the coming weeks and months. Stay safe and remember to take time out to maintain your connection with nature, your friends and family.
Regards,

Suzie

Celebrating International Women's Day and Women in Landscape Architecture

AILA Queensland Secretary, Tessa Leggo, attended the Premier's International Women's Day Reception last week. The Premier challenged Industries in the room to look at their boards and their leadership groups, and see how they stacked up for Gender Equality. Here is an update on what AILA has been doing:
- Last year the AILA Gender Equity: Next Steps Report was released, following on from the Census Report 2001 - 2016 - Women in Landscape Architecture
- Recently AILA's Gender Equity Working Group has been finalising the 'AILA Gender Equity Policy' incorporating feedback from AILA members
- AILA also launched the Parents in Landscape Architecture Network group on Linked In from January this year, join here. The idea for this came from some of our AILA Qld members after the 2018 Festival
In terms of representation on our Qld Committees, we have the following:
- 57% females on our Qld Executive
- 73% females on our QFresh Committee
- Over 50% total female representation across our sub-Committees

But we still have work to do. The Qld Chapter will be working with the Gender Equity working group to develop initiatives at the State level to support our members. We look forward to offering more for our fabulous female Landscape Architects in Queensland!

Please get in touch if you would like to be involved - qld@aila.org.au

David Roberts - Advocacy Chair and Executive Member

A profession in Landscape Architecture is a fantastic privilege. It continues to surprise with the amount of depth and reach into all other professions as well as the direct impact it has on community. Our skill set requires integrated design thinking that is a core professional skill. Are we all guilty of not communicating this better to our clients, government agencies, fellow consultants and the general community? 

As we all know, the tide is changing. Due to significant global concerns such as climate change, Landscape Architects are becoming sort after due to their unique abilities to look at the ‘bigger picture’. This is good news for all of us and we should grasp these opportunities with both hands.

Liaising with government is key to achieving goals we know are good for our world. Advocacy plays an important role in AILA. We encourage all landscape architects to get involved particularly at this time of the year in Queensland with the local elections set for March 28, 2020.

We will shortly release the AILA Qld election template letter to draft a letter to your local member/s to not only improve your professional profile in the community, but to challenge local government to think about our communities that need to be designed and delivered in a manner we all know works. Elections are now less than a month away!

The QLD Advocacy Group has recently had some changes including a few members moving on for various reasons and new members stepping into place which is great. It is always good to have fresh faces on board and to hear other perspectives from people passionate about their profession.

We welcome Timothy Ivers, Clare Mayberry and Stephen Orr. The focus of the group so far this year has been to formalise our approach to government by reviewing the National AILA Advocacy Submission and Representations Policy. 

This will enable us to be more effective in our approach to government and utilise the vast resources that AILA National provides. It also allows us to focus more narrowly on clearly advancing AILA’s vision and mission through an advocacy voice that is a powerful reflection of the AILA brand to our target audiences.

As for recent submissions, we will be submitting feedback shortly to a proposed Velobridge at Lower River Terrace, Brisbane. Other major projects, government policy changes and updates in the pipeline we aim to address include the M1 Duplication between Brisbane and the Gold Coast as well as ongoing discussions around Victoria Park and the upcoming State Elections in October.

The AILA Gold team recently commented on Phase 2 of the City of Gold Coast plan amendments. Also, a working group is currently being established to focus on the important issues around QBCC licensing, so this will be a major centrepiece as we move into the middle of 2020. 

Don’t forget, this Sunday (March 8, 2020) is International Women’s day, so let’s all take some time to recognise and celebrate women’s achievement and continue to raise awareness against bias. 

Again, we encourage all AILA members to contact your local government by writing to or visiting your local member, making yourself known and promoting the profession of landscape architecture. We can all work together to build better communities and cities across this great State of Queensland. 

If you have any issues in your local community of interest that you would like to discuss with the Advocacy Group or think should be addressed by AILA or if you would like a copy of the Election template letter please do not hesitate to email our Chapter Manager, Melanie West.

Regards,

David

Taneile Nixon - Qfresh Chair

Hi AILA Queensland!

With the Christmas Break a distant memory, Qfresh has been busily working away to set ourselves up for 2020. The first item on the agenda was to wrangle the best and brightest troops to form our Qfresh Committee and I am excited to announce they are; Taneile Nixon (Chair), Sara Eckermann (Vice-Chair), Skye Reid (Vice-Chair), Holly Peacock, Georgia England, Hannah Kernahan, Andy Belcher, Owen Café, Julia McCann, Connor Evers and Marina Couchman!
This year, our committee is eager and committed to creating excellent educational and networking opportunities for you all! During our first committee meeting we conceptualised 5 key events we would like to deliver over the next 12 months and locked them into the calendar for March, May, July, September and November! We are keeping our cards close to our chest for now, so be sure to keep an eye out as details of each start emerging. 

As per usual we will also be hosting ‘Fresh Fridays’ in between each of our key events this year! If you are keen to get to know your fellow landscape architects in a really casual setting, then these get togethers are for you! 

As for our first event for the year… We are so thrilled to be hosting a design charette titled ‘Disruptive Design!’
In this event we will strive to teach you the skills to undertake out of the box thinking on the fly. We will be tackling a highly topical scenario in groups whilst the facilitator offers tips to generate creative thinking and strives to flip our typical design trajectory on its head. The event format has been likened to a design based ‘escape room’, so we can guarantee a laughter-filled and light-hearted evening! 

The event will take place on 3rd March (Week 2 of QUT Calendar) to perfectly avoid uni deadlines. To register or find out more head to the AILA website event page. 
Finally, I would like to say a big thankyou to Tract, Urbis, Vee and Wolter Consulting who have kindly agreed sponsor Qfresh in 2020! Our sponsor support is instrumental in helping us deliver events with great content that are free and accessible for our student/graduate members.

To stay up to date with what we are up to and for more information on our events please follow us on Facebook @ailafreshqld and Instagram @qfresh_aila as it is the easiest way for us to reach you all!

We hope to see you at one of our events soon!

David Uhlmann - State President

Hi AILA Queensland members – and belated happy new year!

The State Executive have met for the first time this year and are working through the priorities for the upcoming year including collaboration events, membership growth, advocacy, profiling our profession and sustainability.

QBCC: We are continuing discussions with the Queensland Government and QBCC re licencing issues.  In early January we met with the Department of Housing & Public Works and QBCC where they agreed that Landscape Architects do not fit into the current license categories, meaning it will be difficult for standalone Landscape Architecture firms to obtain their recommended licence.  We are waiting for the Department and QBCC to come back to us with further options to streamline this process.   We have also requested a meeting direct with the Minister. 
Awards:  2020 Awards planning is well underway with entries opening on February 18, so start thinking about your entries. Stay tuned for more information in the next week.
PLAN:  It is great to see the Parents in Landscape Architecture Network up and running at a National level. Well done to Debbie La Porte who first bought the idea to the Queensland executive, and those who have assisted in getting it set up.
Advocacy: We have a big year of both Local and State elections coming up which gives us a great opportunity to present our case to incumbent members and prospective candidate in issues of concern to Landscape Architects.   As for last years Federal Election we will be preparing an AILA Qld election platform, and will be encouraging Queensland members to use this platform to guide discussions with your local candidates.  
Events:  We are focusing on more collaboration events this year with allied professions, with the first to be held as part of the Asia Pacific Architectural Festival on March 19.  We appreciate the value of events which provide both a CPD component and the opportunity to network with allied professionals so will be working with AIA, PIA and others to make this happen.
New AILA CEO – the National board has been working hard on finding a new AILA CEO – keep an eye out for updates from the National office soon.

Liam Cridland, Connection to Country


Greetings AILA QLD,

The first quarter of this year has certainly brought change and upheaval to our communities, work places and families on a global scale. 
As a practising Landscape Architect and as a parent, this has forced my family and my team to reassess and adapt the way in which we are working, learning and connecting and spending our free time.  

If there is one thing these global events have shown, it is that authentic human connections are critical for our societies' ability to function, blossom and grow whether face to face, or digitally. 
Landscape Architects have the potential to play a major role in the acknowledgement of country in the engagement, design and planning of spaces and environments at all scales, however in this ever changing environment it will be the strength and value of the relationships we are building within and outside our practices, state and industry that will allow us to continue to learn, adapt and grow into the future. 
 
These events have also made us critically consider whether there are better ways of communicating and engaging with our colleagues, clients and consultants. 
It is also worth noting, that the methods we as practitioners are relying on over the last several months, have not generally proven to be successful during engagement with our communities, first nations and individuals. 
The increasing reliance on technology and the speed in which information can now be transferred, has, and will continue to, influence the way in which we as Landscape Architects practice on a daily basis. 
While many businesses are continuing to be productive and collaborate in digital meetings and workshops, these methods of communication are no doubt causing new challenges for those looking to help facilitate these critically important and sensitive interactions.  
 
The network is committed to continuing the development of existing relationships within our local communities, first nations, practices and education institutions to further educate and support our members, advocate the value of Landscape Architecture within our region, and continue to adapt and evolve the appropriateness, sensitivity and value of our indigenous engagement and our work on country.
Let's continue to work together to make every project, conversation and relationship better than our last. 
QLD News and Media
Innovative Rigging, State Supporting Partner
Project - Byron Bay Railway Park
Park Design: Plummer & Smith

This park is situated in the centre of Byron Bay, one of the oldest public spaces in the town. The site of the original railway station which closed over a decade ago has been revitalised and turned into an engaging space for families to come together.
The play structure was developed by Plummer and Smith and the playground supplier in conjunction with local council and community groups. The design incorporates many natural elements with a birds-nest like hub at the centre. Innovative Rigging worked to develop the mesh balustrade for the playground which allows the children to engage with the organic structure to ensure maximum safety, while still being able to appreciate the natural surroundings. The unique and organic shape of the playground had its own particular challenges with all surfaces being out of plane. The mesh had to be designed and manufactured with enough flex to allow for height restrictions and changes while still keeping with the original design intent. The mesh has a unique feature that it can flex and move off plane while still maintaining its structural capacity which was ideal in this application on the Railway Park. Our specialist CAD drafters and installers were able to work through these constraints and the outcome is has been a huge success with great community feedback.
Innovative Rigging is a Supporting Partner of AILA Qld, contact them to find out more.

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