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News from AILA WA Executive 18/07/19 - Andrew Thomas

We are in the midst of the awards season and I encourage all members to get on social media and participate in the peoples choice awards voting.  This is an integral part of raising the profile of the profession as we can share our best projects across a broad spectrum of people so get out there and share, share, share.


Also a final reminder to get your tickets to the awards night next Friday night the 26th July.  This is always a great night and I look forward to catching up with as many members as possible for the celebration of all things Landscape Architecture.


Earlier this month AILA WA had a very successful annual chapter meeting and successfully voted in a new executive team.  This doesn’t sound like an incredible achievement but we have had difficulty in attracting a quorum to meetings previously so I was very happy and grateful that we had such a good turnout at the meeting.


We have three of last terms executives returning for another two year stint in the position and another three new members joining the team.  Shea Hatch, Melanie Bradley and I are joined by Christina Nicholson, Belinda Foster and Nick Pierson.  We are really looking forward to working together as a new executive team and continuing to deliver on our strategic plan for all members benefit.


I would like to finish by extend my sincere thanks to our outgoing executive member Carl Thompson.  Carl has spent the last two years on the executive keeping the finances in check whilst also ensuring that all of our spreadsheet needs have been taken care of.  Carl has generously given his time to the organisation whilst having a young family and a busy professional life to manage.  On behalf of all members, thank you Carl, and good luck with the next challenge that you choose to take on.


Andrew Thomas

News from AILA WA 04/07/19 - Tilly Caddy RAP Implementation Committee


Kaya! Unless you’ve been living under a rock (covered in specifications and tenders), you should be aware that last year the AILA Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan was published. This stage of the document was produced at a national level and included WA’s Dr Noel Nannup as one of the contributing Cultural Ambassadors. The process now shifts to state level to implement the identified key actions. A group of dedicated members are working behind the scenes to identify numerous opportunities for AILA members to better engage with, learn, celebrate and share cultural knowledge. Over the next few months, members of the WA RAP Implementation Committee will keep you updated through the newsletters of our progress, as well as suggestions of cultural events and opportunities to engage with Indigenous Australians and the culture of the land we call home.


Next week being NAIDOC week, we will be showcasing WA projects that celebrate Indigenous contribution. Keep an eye out on the AILA WA social media.




Tilly Caddy

AILA WA RAP Implementation Committee


News from AILA WA Executive 21/06/19 - Andrew Thomas

This week with dipped our toes into the world of High School Careers Expos, as part of our objective to get more students studying Landscape Architecture. We went along to Perth College and spoke to a number of girls and their parents about how great Landscape Architecture is as a career.  Later in the year we hope to launch the High School Engagement initiative Nationally, this will give us some more  resources to take along to students.  We encourage members who are still connected with their High School or their children’s school to get involved with Career Events, we can help with resources, get in touch with Carmen.


There was a RAP Committee meeting on 6 June with 5 members in attendance, with a number of apologies, we encourage any members who have an interest in this area to join the group.  The first item of business was to establish the committee purpose and then establish some governance measures.  After going through the RAP plan some actions were established, which each of the committee are putting their name against.  With NAIDOC Week around the corner, the committee will be looking at ways to assist Indigenous Groups with their activities, if you or your organisation is keen to give some time/expertise, please get in contact with Carmen.  AILA WA will also be promoting projects that had strong indigenous engagement, through our social media platforms during NAIDOC Week.


We had a win with a piece of Advocacy work we undertook recently, with the Department of Planning Lands and Heritage advising that the draft Element 3 – Vehicular Access (Guidelines for Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas) has not progressed to the point where it should be consideration in determining planning application.  Further consultation will take place and AILA WA will continue to advocate in this area.


We have the AILA WA Annual Chapter Meeting coming up on 2 July, join us as we reflect on the achievements over the last 12 months and hear details on exciting plans ahead. We will be voting in three new Executive Members and we will be welcoming three new RLA’s to the fold.  We will also be giving a sneak peek of Awards entries.  So make sure you come along and share your ideas and support the profession, It truly is an exciting time to be involved.  RSVP to Carmen by 5pm, 1 July.



Andrew Thomas

AILA WA President


News from AILA WA Executive 6/6/19 - Carl Thompson

Dear Readers,

Welcome to last E-News bulletin to be penned by me under my current term on the state Executive.  It has been a fantastic experience and one that I can highly commend to anyone thinking of being involved more substantively with AILA.

I have had the pleasure to serve with a great team of committed and talented executive colleagues, and would like to extend my admiration for Andrew Thomas, Melanie Bradley, Shea Hatch and Robyn Renton for their hard work, generosity and insight into a profession that continues to inspire and grow.  A particularly special thank you goes to Carmen Williams, our dedicated State Manager, whom I can assure everyone has been critical to everything we have achieved over the past two years.  Thank you all.

Unfortunately for me, I need to devote some of my time to non-AILA commitments, which is why I am stepping down from the team at this time.  The good news is that the next election for the new executive team is coming soon at the next Annual Chapter Meeting to be held on 2nd July at AECOM.  We have received a number of submissions from LA’s interested in joining the executive, so we encourage everyone who can make it to show up and support the great selection of candidates. Thanks to all the candidates for throwing their hats in the ring - I can assure them all it will be a rewarding experience.

The ACM will also be an opportunity for a sneak preview of this year’s Awards as anticipation and excitement build towards the main event to be held on the 26th July at The Camfield.  There have been 31 entries this year and as ever, it promises to be fantastic celebration of our work as a profession and great opportunity to mingle with similarly passionate peers.  Tickets will be on sale via the revamped AILA website tomorrow  - We look forward to seeing you there!  Did I say ‘revamped AILA website’ ? – yes I did, if you haven’t had a chance yet, please take a look and marvel in its radiant glory!

Before we do though, please be reminded that we have an Advocacy Meeting on the 11th June at The Standard in Northbridge.  One of the topics of discussion will be the Orrong Road proposal by Main Roads.

Finally, for anyone looking to engage with the future leaders of the profession, we will be manning a stall at the Perth College Careers Expo on the afternoon of the 17th June.  If you can offer up a couple of hours to engage and inspire the LA’s of the future, your enthusiastic presence would be most welcome – please advice Carmen if you would like to assist.

Best, Carl


News from AILA WA Executive 27/05/19 - Shea Hatch

Public open space is really what it says on the box, a place for the public, i.e. everyone.  But do we truly design for 'everyone'? A few years ago I was involved in a discussion with a disability advisory group about a public realm project.  To my complete embarrassment I only brought a projected presentation, which is not super helpful to the group members who were sight impaired.  For someone who works in a creative industry I could have thought a bit out of the box to help get our design intent across, now I know.  It can be hard to understand the perspective of those that are not our own.  There are a number of amazing consultants who continually assist in capacity building our industry to create more inclusive spaces, and of course the members of the public who so kindly give their time to educate us! 

However it is time for AILA and other professional networks to assist with some of that heavy lifting.  How do we do this?  As a start we can look to increasing diversity not only in our own industry but with our fellow consultants, supplier and contractor industries.  One initiative AILA WA are implementing, in line with our RAP deliverables, is the development of a contact list of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations looking for joint ventures and partnerships, or for pro bono support or secondment and community capacity building opportunities from AILA members.  I welcome any member, or non-member, to be a part of this process.  We will be meeting Thursday 6th June 7:30am at Gordon Street Garage to coordinate the development of the network and other RAP initiatives.  I hope to see you there.

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