News from the NSW Executive - 14 August 2018

AILA values the generosity of it’s Corporate Sponsors and last Tuesday 31stJuly over 30 AILA members were able to directly benefit from a visit to the Gosford Quarry sites at Mt White Central Coast, north of Sydney. Hosted by Gosford Quarries, the free half-day visit included bus travel from Central Station, viewing quarry extraction operations first-hand, a drive-through a second quarry site, then back to the head office to witness the many differing sawing operations before lunch. It was incredible to witness saws and machinery parts and methods that have not changed for over 100 years. These of course sit beside the newer technologies where precise computer-generated 3D machinery operations take place for fine relief work and complex replications.

Members of Gosford Quarries’ highly experienced and passionate masons escorted smaller groups through the operational areas – explaining the methods and techniques being employed. There were plenty of opportunities to ask questions and this small group of Landscape Architects will be much better informed in the specification of sandstone and stone products moving forward. Further useful information provided by Gosford Quarries is available here for those not able to attend.

A significant number of AILA members have played an important role in the formulation of the ‘Everyone Can Play’ inclusive playspaces guidelines recently launched by the Office of Open Space and Parklands. This meaningful document is on exhibition and open for comment until the 21stSeptember 2018. Please take the time to read and understand the principles behind the best practice guidelines, whether you are directly involved in the design of playspaces or not, the understanding of universal design and inclusion in our public spaces goes beyond playground design – it is essential for creating great public spaces.

Emily Forrest

AILA NSW Vice President