News from the NSW Executive - 25 September 2018

The NSW Executive welcomes our new National Board and looks forward to creatively and constructively working together to further support, promote and embed the values of landscape architectural practice into public life. Congratulations to each of you and thank you for devoting your time and knowledge. We look forward to getting to know you.

The AILA Board and State Chapters are volunteer positions, and we need to hear from our membership from time to time – and not only when the news is that we’ve deviated from course! It was great to hear recently from a group of mid-north coast landscape architects who contacted the AILA looking for greater support, recognition and advocacy for regional landscape architects. While we are currently looking for opportunities to further engage, highlight the achievements and provide the vehicle for inclusion or opportunity for CPD, we have noticed that regional landscape architects have been making their mark as shown in the recent awards line-up. If you are working solo, or remotely or in a regional setting please let us know what you need from us and how we can best serve the membership.

Look for the upcoming Newcastle Regional Event – ‘Cool Streets Workshop’ on Friday 16thNovember 2018.

Back in March I described how a cohort of landscape architects took part in the advocacy and/ or advisory groups convened by the Office of Open Space and Parklands as they developed the ‘Everyone Can Play’ draft guidelines for inclusive play spaces, to ensure universal design is a consideration first and foremost whether a play space is large or small. The exhibition period closed last week and we wait to see how landscape architects, designers, open space managers, Councils, developers et al can meet the principles established. As with the excellent GAO’s Better Places and Greener Places Guidelines – policy development to support the ideology will give teeth to the guidelines. Look at the well-considered AILA Advocacy submission from Fiona Robbe through the AILA website. More information on the progress of the Office of Open Space and Parklands will be coming in future newsletters – the Exec. recently spoke at length with Commissioner Fiona Morrison regarding the progress – wins and challenges - of the team’s first year.

I know many of you are looking forward to the upcoming Festival of Landscape Architecture. Enjoy!

Regards, Emily

Emily Forrest

AILA NSW Vice President