AILA SA President's Message - November 2022

3 November 2022


Your AILA SA Executive has been busy over the last few months continuing our advocacy work based on our Election Manifesto. It’s a fantastic living document – and if you need to see it – you can download it here.

This is a brief update on what we have been doing….

University of Adelaide - SET School Alignment – Draft Change Proposal
Many of you have heard the reform plans for significant change within the University of Adelaide. AILA has been working with our colleagues at the University to advocate for increased visibility of the Landscape Architecture course within the proposed restructure, to ensure accreditation and registration pathways are still met.

You can read our submission here. Thank you to so many of our members who have reached out and supported our conversations as we have navigated the best process for providing feedback.

We are awaiting formal advice on the next steps as part of this change proposal and will keep you updated as we receive this information.

Adelaide Park Lands Management Strategy Deputation to Kadaltilla/Adelaide Park Lands Authority
Janelle Arbon and I presented the AILA SA Executive submission on the review of the Park Lands Management Strategy to Kadaltilla on Thursday 27 October.

Our feedback included:

  • A comprehensive review of the current (and award-winning) strategy
  • Consideration of AILA’s core values – connection to Country, gender equity, and climate positive design outcomes
  • Benchmarking against the world’s best park lands
  • Creating a simple ‘strategy on a page’ for community advocacy

 Our presentation was received positively, and we have received feedback that our presentation will be used in developing the new Strategy.

Click here to read our submission, and here to see the agenda (which includes our presentation) from the public meeting.

Department for Infrastructure and Transport (DIT)
We have been disappointed with the lack of response on a range of issues with DIT.

We will be sending a letter this week to DIT to share several issues that have been raised again over the last few months including:

  • Landscape Architects being listed as a disbursement on many DIT Projects
  • Prequalification requirements for Landscape Architects
  • Value management of landscape architecture scope on selected government projects.

We have reached out to DIT on previous occasions to raise to these concerns and are now elevating this with a more formal approach.  

Watch this space!

Protecting Adelaide Trees
AILA SA was a partner for a major public event on trees and the current planning review event on Monday 24 October, organising by the Conservation Council of South Australia at UniSA. The event was attended by over 500 people as part of the ongoing campaigns to protect trees in our State. There were presentations by a range of perspectives on why this is so critical, and the opportunity for the Minister for Planning, the Hon. Nick Champion, to respond, generating a range of discussions and at times frustrations with the process of review, and action on urgently change to prevent tree losses as a result of the current planning system, particularly on private land.

AILA SA has been involved in the development and review of many reports (and myself as one of the authors of the latest review) and you can check out all the reports here:

South Australia’s Expert Panel on Planning Reform
AILA SA has been invited to provide a deputation to the Expert Panel on 28 November.

 We will be sharing our feedback on the key issues relating to the planning reform in particular around protecting trees and the current tree legislation, as well as our extensive previous submissions on planning reform. Read more about the Expert Panel and the review.

If you have any inputs or views to assist informing the submission, please email any feedback to [email protected] by Friday 11 November and we will incorporate it into the submission and our presentation to the Expert Panel.


We have a few events coming up including the Greening Port Pirie Case Study Breakfast with our partner SA Water – Click here to find out more. We will showcase the Award winning project to share learning and insights into tools for active and passive water integration, species selection and planting in an urban setting.

I also hope to see you all at the SAILA Fresh + AILA SA End of Year Celebration at The Cumby on 7 December – register now!

Daniel Bennett