News from the NSW Executive - 17 July 2018

The 2018 AILA NSW Awards have now come and gone, congratulations to those who were recognised for the outstanding examples of landscape architecture across a diverse range of projects. The current two-step process which includes the preview evening, this year held at The Coal Loader Waverton, is a fantastic way to review all entries beforehand and include and celebrate with those who are interested in the projects but may not be in a position to have entered. The follow-up awards night is a fabulous way to celebrate the achievement of the successful teams, and hopefully it may inspire others to consider taking part in future years. Thank you Margot and Georgiana for your organisation.

Congratulations not only to the recipients but also to all those who entered a project for an award because it shows that you have pride and confidence in your work which reflects positively on the contributions of your teams to the prestige and enjoyment of landscape architectural practice.

This year it was wonderful that there were many regional projects recognised – including theUrban DesignLandscape Awardfor the Woolgoolga Town Centre Masterplan (Coffs Harbour City Council), theTourismAward of Excellencefor Bald Hill at Stanwell Tops (Wollongong City Council), and theLand ManagementAward of Excellencefor the Cape Byron Visitor Masterplan (NPWS + CONTEXT).

These, along with a number of State and Local Government entries shows a maturity in landscape design being embedded in government practice with many projects produced in-house or collaboratively within multi-disciplinary and consultant teams. For a full summary of the awards look to the link on the AILA webpage.

Taking part in the jury panel was a privilege, and I extend my thanks to the collaborative and diverse Jury Panel led by Penny Allan, with Dr Scott Hawken, Jessica Hodge, Nick Hollo and Roderick Simpson. For those progressing on to the AILA National arena – we wish you well.

A highlight of the evening was the introduction of a new AILA Fellow as approved by the National Board: Josh French - a special person and brilliant communicator who has been honoured not only for his active contribution to the profession through his ongoing contribution to AILA, but also for his nurturing and mentoring of many colleagues over the years and promotion and advocacy of the role of landscape architects within local and state government. Congratulations Josh – AILA’s newest Fellow!

Emily Forrest

AILA NSW Vice President