TAS News & Media

TAS Presidents Message - 23 November 2015

A bumper president’s message this week because I’ve missed one or two and there’s lots of news to report. The AILA festival of Landscape Architecture in Melbourne in October was packed with engagement - with other AILA state presidents and with landscape architects doing wonderful, boundary pushing, experimental, thoughtful work in Australia and all over the world. I'm already looking forward to the 2016 Festival in Canberra next year - it will be AILA's 150th anniversary and the creative director is Richard Weller (aka the rock god of landscape architecture in my student days!). I urge all Tasmanian landscape architects to get to this one.

Recently Jerry and I were in Melbourne as guest critics for the RMIT 5th year Landscape Architecture and Planning undergraduate final project presentations. It was rewarding to return to my alma mater and participate in critique, being inspired by student work and seeing how much things had changed... and yet recognising the intensity of final presentations and realising that the nature of being a landscape architecture student is just the same as it ever was. It prompted me to reflect on the value of critique in our profession. I believe it is the single most effective way of promoting rigour in our thinking and execution, but being strongly associated with the academic world, it is difficult to access in the professional sphere – especially when we don’t have a local university connection. With such a small chapter, the importance of engaging with the discourse beyond the state's boundaries is important. Attending the AILA festivals, bringing big-thinking landscape architects here via City Talks, and continuing the partnership with RMIT are, I think, positive ways to keep engaging with the broader discourse.

Jerry, Tim and others have worked with these students this year during their Glenorchy field trips, and I know they have appreciated the support of AILA Tasmania. There will be an exhibition of their final projects at Moonah Arts Centre in March 2016, which will coincide with a City Talk at that venue - possibly with a Glenorchy theme. Lots of details to arrange - if anyone is available to help out with that please let me know - I could really use some help!

Another thing – AWARDS! I am keen to see if we can get a ‘lean’ awards program happening this year so that we can align with the new national awards program. It’s been a couple of years since Tasmania had awards, and with a new, simplified process I think the time is right. More information to come.

Lastly, end of year drinks are to be held at Preachers in Battery Point on Friday 4th December. Invitations to come!

Sarah Bendeich

AILA TAS Acting President

TAS Presidents Message - 29 September 2015

It's been a busy fortnight for AILA Tasmania, hosting the tenth City Talk in Hobart on 18th September. The City Talk series began in 2012 and they are a terrific way of promoting landscape architectural discourse with the public, the media and our professionals.

This City Talk saw speakers Malcolm Snow and Rachel Smith presenting inspiring talks on the broad them of 'liveable cities'. Malcolm delved deep into the notions of good governance, highlighting the need for local governments to take risks and harness the creativity of their communities. Rachel inspired us with out-of-the-box ways to solve transport problems, with a breezy and grass roots style that was a great counterpoint to Malcolm's big picture view from the top. The talk prompted an article in The Mercury, and Rachel was featured on ABC Radio.

Rachel's book “Decongestion” was launched (and sold out!) at Fullers Bookshop by Glenorchy Mayor Christie Johnston, to an intimate and enthusiastic audience, and encouragingly, local politicians from three LGAs were in attendance. Thanks to Jerry de Gryse for coordinating a wonderful series of events, and to Miriam and Paul for assisting also.

Concurrently with the City Talk and book launch, RMIT Landscape Architecture students have been progressing their final year studio projects in Glenorchy this past week. AILA members had dinner with the students and we've had some early discussions about collaboratively hosting an event in February or March next year. The idea is to combine an exhibition of the students' work, with an AILA event. A City Talk about Glenorchy's 'Urban Future' sounds exciting. Stay tuned. Or, better still, get in touch and get involved!

Sarah Bendeich

AILA TAS Acting President

TAS President's Message - 31 August 2015

AILA Tasmania will host the tenth City Talk in Hobart on 18th September. Speakers will be Malcolm Snow - landscape architect and Chief Executive of the National Capital Authority, and Rachel Smith – transport planner from Brisbane, bicycle advocate and author of the book “Decongestion”. Malcolm and Rachel will be discussing green infrastructure and designing streets and cities for people first and cars second. With such high-quality speakers discussing topics that are so central to urban landscape architecture, this City Talk is not to be missed.

Rachel will also be launching her book at Fullers on the evening following the City Talk – all are welcome.

Sally Taylor and I met last week to discuss handover of the president’s role while Sally is on maternity leave. Together with the executive, I hope to keep things ticking along while she is busy doing other important things - we wish Sally all the very best.

Sarah Bendeich

AILA TAS Acting President

TAS President's Message - 25 May 2015

The date has been set for our June Annual Chapter Meeting (ACM) on Tuesday 30 June 2015. For those of you who are interested in nominating to be a member of the Executive – nominations open on 26 May and close on 23 June. Please put the dates in your calendar and come along to the ACM so we can have a robust discussion around forward planning for AILA TAS and vote on the Executive.

Our next meeting will be kindly hosted at the Inspiring Place offices on Tuesday 26th May from 5:30pm. This will be our standard monthly meeting but Jerry de Gryse has also offered to share with us some short presentations that he has recently given. Jerry has traced the historic development of the profession of Landscape Architecture in Tasmania from its roots in the mind of Barry McNeill in the 1970’s and his and other’s influence on today’s practitioners. He has presented his findings to the Australian Garden History Society and will share his presentation with us. He will also show a 7 minute video presentation that he prepared for the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architecture about the influence of his training there on his practice here in Tasmania.

Sally Taylor

TAS President's Message - 11 May 2015

Our April AILA TAS Chapter meeting was a productive one! It was encouraging to see so many members attend and it led to some great round table debate and ideas generation for planning our events for the next financial year. There were a lot of suggestions on a suitable topic for the next City Talk with ‘Active Transport’ a strong contender to flow off the back of the success of our previous Light Rail discussions. If you have any ideas for topics and speakers, bring them along to our next meeting on Tuesday 12 May (location TBC).

A big thank you our Tasmanian National Councillor Jerry de Gryse for taking the time to review the Draft Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan and for writing a submission on behalf of AILA. It is essential for AILA TAS to be on the front foot in ensuring the ongoing protection and recognition of the environmental, social and economic importance of Tasmania’s World Heritage Areas. Please email me if you would like to read a copy of the full letter that was co-signed by myself and the AILA National President Mark Frisby. It was a strong submission and early feedback has highlighted that many of our concerns have been echoed by other key groups which will only lend weight to our position.

Another reminder that elections for the State Executive will be coming up in June. If you are interested in joining the executive or even just becoming more active with AILA – please get in touch. Hope to see you all on the 12th! Enjoy the last of the stunning autumn colours as winter appears to be kicking into gear!

Sally Taylor

TAS President's Message - 30 March 2015


March has been a busy month for AILA TAS as we hosted two great events and a visit by the AILA National Council!

Our City Talk ‘Light Rail as City Catalyst’ was attended by over 70 people from a diverse range of backgrounds. It was demonstrated through discussions during and after the City Talk that the concept of light rail is still both valid and well supported through community and professional groups. AILA TAS greatly appreciates the support and contributions made by the Lord Mayor of Hobart City - Alderman Sue Hickey and Mayor of the City of Glenorchy - Alderman Kristie Johnston. Their presence lent great weight to the discussions and the City Talk gained great traction in local media both in the Mercury and ABC Radio.

A social event for AILA TAS Members was also held in the Omnipod on Macquarie Street. This landmark building was the perfect setting for the local members to meet with the AILA National Council as well as key allied professionals. Many thanks to all who assisted and attended and made this event a big success and to Austral for their ongoing sponsorship and support of our local group. AILA TAS aims to continue to deliver similar events to provide networking and social opportunities for all its members.

AILA National recently held the membership drive competition #AreYouReady. After 3 months of campaigning, AILA recruited 163 new members which is definitely worth celebrating! I am pleased to advise that the Tasmanian Chapter recruited the most new members per capita which is a great achievement for our small state! Welcome to AILA TAS - Paul Casburn (student member), Gordon Goh (graduate member) and Jordan Davis and Edwina Hughes who will be undertaking RLA registration this year. We will be celebrating our win and welcoming our newest members with a social evening in the coming months. We are hoping to host it at the new Austral Design Studio opening in Salamanca soon. So members, watch this space!

Our next Chapter meeting will be on the evening of Tuesday 14 April at a venue to be confirmed. A reminder will go out beforehand. We are heading towards election time again so if anyone is interested in standing for election to the AILA TAS Executive please get in touch. It is a rewarding experience and looks great on the resume!

Sally Taylor


TAS President's Message - 17 February 2015


March is nearly upon us and what a busy month it is set to be!! AILA TAS is excited that the National Council will be visiting Hobart for a face to face meeting on Thursday 6th to Friday 7th of March. The visiting National Council will almost double the number of Landscape Architects in the state – which I’m sure you will all agree can only be a good thing! The local chapter has been working hard to organise social events and a City Talk to take advantage of the wealth of LA knowledge that will be available for us to tap into. These events will be a great opportunity to meet with the National Council and engage with the positive initiatives that the Council are instigating at all levels of AILA.


The first City Talk for 2015 is set for Wednesday 4th March, 11am-1pm. The topic is ‘Connecting Hobart’s Future: Light Rail as City Catalyst’ and we are fortunate enough to have Daniel Bennett, City Design and Transport Manager for City of Adelaide as well as Toby Lodge, Principal HASSELL on board as presenters. They are bound to share some great insights and experiences into design and planning around public transport and how the lessons learnt in other cities across Australia could apply to Hobart and guide its growth as a sustainable city. Be sure to come along and please share the invite across your extended networks.


A social evening for AILA Members is being held on the evening of Thursday 5th March. The event will be held in the Omnipod (Avalon City Retreat) overlooking the city and is a great opportunity for Members to meet with the visiting National Council and network with key members of our allied professions. It is also a great excuse to check out this incredible and unique venue in the heart of Hobart. Be sure to put this event in your calendar, it will be an evening of good company, food and wine and not to be missed!


As with all events, there is a lot of planning and preparation that goes into making sure things run smoothly. If you have any spare time around these dates and would like to help with either event, please get in touch with Sally Taylor.  


Look forward to seeing you all in March!


Sally Taylor




TAS President's Message - 30 January 2015


It is looking like a busy start to 2015! The AILA TAS Executive is working hard on delivering some great events in March 2015 to coincide with the National Council convening in Hobart for a face to face meeting.

The City Talk series will continue in 2015 with the next Talk confirmed for lunchtime on Wednesday 4th March. Be sure to mark the date in your calendar for ‘Connecting Hobart’s Future – Light Rail as a City Catalyst’. Guest speakers will include Daniel Bennett, Program Manager for City Design and Transport at the City of Adelaide and Toby Lodge, Principal at HASSELL. Keep an eye on the AILA TAS Newsletter and website for further details.

AILA TAS Members should also mark down the evening of Thursday 5th March in their calendar. We are busily organising a social event for local Members to meet and greet our National Council. There is also going to be some great local advocacy opportunities with the invitation of special guests from allied professions and key stakeholders in both state and local government. It is bound to be a great night for extending the networks of AILA TAS.

Sally Taylor