QLD News & Media

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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