QLD News & Media
Innovative Rigging, State Supporting Partner
Project - Byron Bay Railway Park
Park Design: Plummer & Smith

This park is situated in the centre of Byron Bay, one of the oldest public spaces in the town. The site of the original railway station which closed over a decade ago has been revitalised and turned into an engaging space for families to come together.
The play structure was developed by Plummer and Smith and the playground supplier in conjunction with local council and community groups. The design incorporates many natural elements with a birds-nest like hub at the centre. Innovative Rigging worked to develop the mesh balustrade for the playground which allows the children to engage with the organic structure to ensure maximum safety, while still being able to appreciate the natural surroundings. The unique and organic shape of the playground had its own particular challenges with all surfaces being out of plane. The mesh had to be designed and manufactured with enough flex to allow for height restrictions and changes while still keeping with the original design intent. The mesh has a unique feature that it can flex and move off plane while still maintaining its structural capacity which was ideal in this application on the Railway Park. Our specialist CAD drafters and installers were able to work through these constraints and the outcome is has been a huge success with great community feedback.
Innovative Rigging is a Supporting Partner of AILA Qld, contact them to find out more.

Design-led City: A Design strategy for Brisbane

Developing a design strategy is one of the ways Brisbane City Council is carefully planning for a growing city, and is a key action from Brisbane's Future Blueprint. The new design strategy sets the overarching framework to provide a citywide approach for quality design that reflects Brisbane’s character, identity and climate, both within public and private spaces, and to establish Brisbane as a “design-led city”.

The launch of the strategy was held at GOMA last Thursday. During the evening, Brisbane City Council's Design Manager, Omar Barragan presented some of the Strategy’s key design values and priorities.

Following the Strategy presentation, guest speaker, Richard Hassell from WOHA Architects (Singapore) presented some of WOHA’s acclaimed socially and environmentally responsive projects including Oasia Hotel, [email protected], PARKROYAL on Pickering, Enabling Village and Kampung Admiralty. Richard also discussed some of the sustainability ratings WOHA utilise during their project design phase, namely; the “Green Plot Ratio”, “the Community Plot Ratio, “Civic Centre Generosity Index”, “Ecosystems Index” and Self Sustaining Index”. Richard is currently working in close cooperation with Architectus on the 443 Queen Street high-rise condominium in Brisbane.

It is anticipated that further work to the Design Strategy, relating to character form and character design, will be released by Brisbane City Council later this year.

David Uhlmann - State President

Hi AILA Queensland !
Its already November and another busy year is coming to a close. Our new State Executive team has already had a number of meetings to carry on with AILA Queensland’s busy agenda and plan for next year.

We have been very active in the advocacy space with many government programmes and projects out for consultation including BCC’s Design led Brisbane and multi-residential code changes, BCC’s Victoria park project, State government’s model code for residential development, GCCC’s town planning changes and others.

We have just had an update on the current status of QBCC licencing negotiations with the Queensland Government, please make sure you read this important information regarding licensing requirements for Landscape Architects undertaking project management functions in Queensland.

Christmas is creeping up on us very quickly and the AILA Queensland Christmas party season is in full swing, so make sure you head along to your local Christmas party.

At the Brisbane Christmas party we will be announcing the prestigious Karl Langer Award to the student completing the Landscape Architecture degree at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) who shows “marked potential for the profession of Landscape Architecture”.Congratulations to our eight nominees who will present to the jury this Friday at QUT. I would also like to congratulate all students who are graduating from the Landscape Architecture degree at QUT this year, well done on the fantastic projects that were on display at the QUT Design Festival last week. 
The 2019 AILA Qld Karl Langer Award nominees are:
Anna Banszel
Andrew Belcher
Owen Café
Hannah Cooper
Rebecca Lee
Alexandra Lindsay
Sasha Paterson
Winty Wang

We recently held Registration interviews for the August Membership Round – resulting in 11 new Registered Landscape Architects for Queensland, this is one of the largest rounds we have had recently. Congratulations to our newest RLA members and we look forward to presenting your certificates and celebrating with you at the New Members and Fellows dinner in March next year:
David Botfa
Iva Botic
Sean Cherry
Andrew Comer
Jonathan Gregory
Timothy Ivers
Heather Mackay
Marcus McInally
Stephen Orr
Amy Webb
Tom Willmott

The Queensland Chapter’s Administration Coordinator, Tannelle Leathley, has recently moved into a National role as the Finance, Membership and Admin Coordinator – Congratulations to Tannelle, this is great news for all our members. In the interim, our Chapter Manager, Melanie West will increase her hours to full-time until the end of the year and we will start recruiting for a new Administration Coordinator in the new year.

Thanks all – as always if you have any issues you think AILA Qld needs to address please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Melanie West - Chapter Manager

Christmas party season is almost upon us with celebrations happening across the State, so make sure you book in to your local event. Thank you to our National Corporate Partner, Lark and our State Principal Partner, Eureka Landscapes for making these events possible.

Recently, our Executive and sub-Committee chairs came together for a Chapter planning session in the lead up to the new year. We reviewed this year's activities, discussed the National priorities and started planning for 2020 at the Chapter level. This planning will continue over the remainder of the year and into the new year to set out the operational plan. Thank you to the Executive and sub-Committees for attending either in person or via zoom, we had representation from across the State and thank you to our State Principal Partner, Eureka Landscapes for attending and supporting the event. If you have any feedback about the CPD program and other events or activity you would like to see or be involved with, please email [email protected] 

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank John, Christina and everyone at Evolve Environmental Solutions for their long-term support, they will be moving away from State Major Partner, but we look forward to having them involved with future events.

I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.

Michael Mitchell and Clint Wood - AILA QLD GOLD Committee Co-Chairs

We are excited to come on board as the new co-chairs of the refreshed GOLD Committee, with the support of Alice Hawker, Lisa Mercer and Rita Soudo. Last week, we met to discuss ‘Our City, Our Plan’, the City of Gold Coast Draft Amendment packages along with AILA Queensland’s Advocacy Chair, David Roberts. We will be entering an AILA Queensland submission, so if you have any feedback you would like to add, please email it to [email protected] or get in contact with us. The closing date has been extended to November 11.
We are in the midst of planning the AILA GOLD Christmas party, which will be held on Thursday 28 November, venue is to be confirmed so please save the date and stay tuned for further more details. 

Congratulations to our newest AILA Fellows - David Meakin and Mark Harvey. 

Fellowship is an honour that AILA may bestow upon Registered members and is made in recognition of distinguished service to AILA and/or the profession.  Fellows are nominated by their peers and endorsed by the National Board.

David Meakin and Mark Harvey were presented with their Fellow medals by AILA National President, Shaun Walsh, at the Queensland National Parks and Wildlife offices in Brisbane recently.

Mark Harvey has made a significant contribution to the profession of landscape architecture for over 35 years. Much of Mark’s contribution has stemmed from his unwavering dedication and commitment to the preservation of Queensland’s outstanding natural landscapes, through his work with the Queensland Government. Having served as a Landscape Architect for the State Government for over 28 years, Mark has seen an abundance of changes to legislation, policy and direction on the management of protected area estate. To his testament, and throughout these decades of changes, he has acted as the continuous voice of reason on landscape architecture matters. This has included fronting the queries of Ministers, preparing briefings that educate the executive on the importance of landscape preservation, and assisting in the production of guidelines that indicate the appropriate design of 13 million hectares of Queensland Governments protected area estate. These roles require a landscape architect that has a resilience of character that sees them charged with speaking on behalf of a profession that has an invested interest in protecting a significant portion of Queensland’s natural landscapes. Mark is well known amongst the profession, and is highly regarded by the many private practice Landscape Architects who have worked alongside him on projects across the State. He has, through his dedication to the agenda of landscape preservation, ensured that those landscapes that are visited, by families, international tourists, local communities and everyday Australians, are protected for future generations to enjoy. This has included advocating for ‘less is more’ in our national parks, encouraging the engagement of Registered Landscape Architects for conducting work.

David has made a significant contribution to the profession of landscape architecture for nearly four decades. Much of David’s contribution has been to the public service for the Queensland Government, including having worked for Brisbane City Council, the Department of Public Works, the former Department of Main Roads, Q-Build Project Services, the Department of Environment and Heritage and the Department of Environment and Science.
This service to the Queensland Government has involved the protection of 13 million hectares of natural landscapes across the State through his skills as a landscape architect. His contributions have extended through the design documentation and delivery of landscape architecture project, protected area management policy development, and contributing to the preparation of guidelines that are aimed at the protection of outstanding natural landscape across Queensland. To David’s testament, he has maintained one of the few roles for landscape architects that has existed throughout multiple ‘machine of government’ changes. As such, he is highly respected for his contribution and dedication to protecting natural areas. David is well known amongst the profession, and many private practice Landscape Architects have had the pleasure of working alongside him or in acting as a consultant working with the State. His dedication to the landscape preservation, has ensured that those landscapes that are visited, by families, international tourists, local communities and everyday Australians, are protected for future generations to enjoy. This has included David contributing to roles that have influence on how capital expenditure should be allocated to best address landscape protection, as well as undertaking design approvals that ensure the outcomes proposed by private practice landscape architects achieve excellence in their environmental, ecological and social outcomes for natural areas.

David Hatherly, AILA QLD Professional Advisory Committee Chair

As we approach the back end of the year and the midpoint of the second semester at QUT, I thought it may be timely to update our members on progress with development of the new post graduate degree in Landscape Architecture at QUT.

As you may be aware QUT restructured the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture undergraduate degree with a number of curriculum changes that moved it from a 4 year degree to a 3 year degree, with 2019 being its first year on offer. In addition, QUT are offering some very interesting dual degrees with Landscape Architecture, which I believe will diversify the skill sets within our profession into the future. The current 4 year will continue with the current enrolled students.

However, In short this restructure of the undergraduate course has led to the degree not being eligible for accreditation with AILA. What this simply means is that anyone graduating from this degree alone would not be eligible to become a Registered Landscape Architect under the normal process. To be eligible for registration, under the normal process, further post graduate studies in Landscape Architecture would be required.

QUT are committed to Landscape Architecture as an integral discipline within the School of Design at QUT. Therefore, QUT have committed to developing an AILA accredited pathway, preferably a Masters program. Again, this offers great opportunities to draw people from different undergraduate background into our profession and should be seen as a positive for the future of our profession here in Queensland.

 As you can appreciate developing a new Course and navigating the in depth approval process through QUT and AILA is a complex one, however QUT are committed to having this resolved to ensure there is an accredited pathway in place for the first graduates from the new 3 year undergraduate program, in 2022.

Both QUT and AILA (through the QUT Professional Advisory Committee)  are committed to working together to establish a curriculum that maximises the teaching opportunities and the requirements of AILA’s accreditation to ensure the new program offers the best environment to educate our future Landscape Architects and future leaders of our industry.

We will continue to keep you updated of all progress.
David Hatherly
Chair, QUT Professional Advisory Committee

Melanie West, AILA QLD Chapter Manager

It has been a busy few months since I first joined AILA and I would like to thank everyone for welcoming me warmly into the AILA Qld family.

AILA yesterday declared a Climate and Biodiversity Loss Emergency . The declaration comes in response to the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. Congratulations to everyone in the institute for getting this out into the public realm and the associated action plan which commits to providing more leadership to better support the profession address the issue. You can read the declaration here.

The new Executive Committee and all our Sub-committees have been working hard to raise the profile and awareness of our profession through various activities in Queensland recently. As mentioned by David Roberts, Executive Member and Advocacy Committee Chair, two weeks ago there are a number of submissions that our Qld Advocacy Committee are working on along with our members. On Friday we submitted our response to the Brisbane City Plan Major Amendment H and J. AILA will also be making submissions to local government on:

The Neighbourhood design code, have your say by this Sunday 1 September
- Victoria Park Vision, have your say during the community engagement period up until 29 September. There are a number of events to talk to Council over this period, check out the engagement page here.

If you would like to add feedback to the AILA submission, please email us.

The new GOLD Committee held their first meeting last Friday, with a renewed enthusiasm to raise the profile of our LA’s and start engaging with our membership on the Gold Coast. Thank you to the new committee members Michael Mitchell, Alice Hawker, Lisa Mercer, Rita Soudo and Clint Wood. Stay tuned for more information about the GOLD group in the near future.

The Festival creative directors are looking for submissions from across the country on ‘Detailing Debacles. When best intentions go awry’. In contrast to the AILA National Awards, which acknowledge the best of Australian landscape architecture, this festival session focuses on the moments where things don’t quite go as expected. All the information is outlined further in the eNews.

We have a number of events coming up so make sure you look out for our upcoming online webinar CPD session for all our Queensland members, QFresh ‘Perfecting the Pitch’ in early October, Connection to Country Queensland network RAP event in late October and then into the AILA Christmas parties. There is plenty happening and I look forward to seeing you around!



David Roberts, AILA QLD Advocacy Chair
Hi Everyone, 

The QLD AILA Advocacy Group has been consistently liaising with Government to ensure the voice of our profession is clear and consistent. 

Recently we met with the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning in response to their release of the Queensland Model Code for Neighbourhood Design. 

The department is proposing to enforce several mandatory requirements when considering subdivision design. I encourage you to make comment regarding this issue as you have the potential to make a significant difference to how our neighbourhoods are designed and as landscape architects, we have an incredible amount of valuable advice that we can contribute. 

For more information about this issue, please refer to the following link. 

AILA will be making a submission so feel free to email your thoughts through if you would like to contribute and we will collate and submit by the required date. 

It is also good to see the Brisbane City Council proposal for Victoria Park, something that the advocacy group has been vocal about with Council. We look forward to further progress in this area as Brisbane City Council develop their plan for this important space in Brisbane.

The advocacy team continue to work on a number of other important issues including recently submitting a response to Brisbane City Council’s vision for Adelaide Street in conjunction with the Brisbane Metro project. A significant upgrade to the street is proposed and AILA responded to the vision with feedback contributed from members. 

We encourage you to contact AILA about any potential advocacy opportunities in your local area - it doesn’t all have to be about Brisbane - and we will continue to work with members to ensure your voice is being heard in the right areas of local and state government departments to protect and enhance our landscapes, environment and living standards. 

Have a great week!


David Roberts

Suzie Rawlinson, AILA QLD Regional Landscapes Group Chair

Hi AILA Queensland!

The Regional Landscapes Group have been celebrating and sharing the news of our recent AILA Queensland President’s Award for the preparation of the Guidance Note for Landscape and Visual Assessment (GNLVA). What a huge surprise it was! This award has been the catalyst for us sharing our achievements more widely, and while my LinkedIn post wasn’t technically ‘trending’, we have spread the news of our guidance note more widely as a result this exciting news.

As I was totally unprepared for a speech at the awards night, I’d like to take the opportunity now to thank AILA Queensland for their support and congratulate Wendy Davies, Alayna Renata, Chris Madigan, Ata Tara and our peer reviewer Alan Chenoweth as well as all of the RLG members who contributed along the way. Not only have we created a useful tool for our peers, but we have formed some close friendships and I feel as though I have grown professionally through the debate and discussion which underlies this piece of work.

This is only the first step in our plans to build some collateral for AILA in this area of practice. We intend to use the guideline as a platform for increasing and reinforcing our profession’s reputation as the leaders in this area.

In my recent work, I am finding that there is still great inconsistency in the scoping of landscape and visual assessments. With landscape and visual impacts totally overlooked on some projects whilst being thoroughly analysed to the extreme on others. Regardless of the work still to be done to match the scoping of LVA to community expectations, I see evidence of this as a growing area for our profession.

My clients are recognising that impacts on landscape character and visual amenity are becoming critical to the approval, or refusal, of their projects. They are becoming more educated in this area and are seeking our input early in the process to determine project viability, rather than just post-design assessment.

So, to this end we continue to work towards a nationally adopted Landscape and Visual Assessment guideline. Alongside this, we have plans to pursue opportunities to increase the awareness of the guideline within the Queensland State Government, and hopefully assist them in improving the consistency in setting the requirements for LVA within the state.

Keep an eye out for the QFresh Portfolio event, Selling Yourself happening on 12 August at the AIA. There is also the 2019 Festival of LA in Melbourne in October to look forward to.

As always, if you would like to join the Regional Landscapes Group or have any burning issues that we need to address please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Suzie Rawlinson

Melanie West, AILA QLD Chapter Manager

Thank you to everyone who attended the Design Philosophy and Annual Chapter Meeting (ACM) breakfast this morning at Brickworks Design Studio. Thank you to our presenters Brooke Williams, Daniel Templeman, Lindy Atkin and Steve Guthrie for insights into their design philosophies.

The highlight of the ACM was the announcement of the new Executive Committee below:

David Uhlmann - President
Jamie Franklin – Vice-President
Tessa Leggo - Secretary
Cass Gaisford
Lisa Mercer
David Roberts
Alex Woodward

Thank you to David Hatherly and Candy Rosmarin, our two outgoing Executive Members for your commitment and hard work for the Committee over the years.

President David Uhlmann presented the highlights for the Chapter this year and the Chapter Report can be accessed here.

Kind regards,


Liam Cridland, AILA QLD Connections to Country Chair

Greetings AILA QLD,

Its hard to believe we are already halfway through the year.

The Connection to Country Queensland Network has been busy through the start of its first year defining the goals, vision and program to drive our efforts over the next 2 years.

Landscape Architects have the potential to play a major role in the acknowledgement of country in the engagement, design and planning of spaces and environments at all scales. The network will be developing a series of working groups that will look to gather and share knowledge, practice notes and guidance on how Landscape Architects can better engage with Traditional Owners, Indigenous Associations and Boards of Joint Management on their projects. If any members are interested in contributing to these working groups, please contact AILA Queensland here.

The network will also be looking at supporting the National Connection to Country committee in the delivery and actioning of the AILA Reconciliation Action Plan into the future.

Members and dignitaries who attended the 2019 AILA QLD Landscape Architecture Awards would have witnessed the powerful and moving Welcome to Country performed by Songwoman Maroochy Barambah. I personally felt it was a fantastic way to open the evening’s proceedings and celebrate the achievements of Queensland practitioners.  It also helped to reiterate the important role that Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning can continue to play in the acknowledgement of country and celebration of the knowledge, history and achievements of the longest living culture in the world.

We encourage all QLD based members to join us in our journey of Reconciliation and are looking forward to a busy and productive second half of 2019.

Kind regards,


David Uhlmann, AILA QLD President

Hi AILA Queensland !

We are halfway through the year already and we have had a busy half-year of advocacy and events.

In particular, I’d like to thank everyone who submitted for awards, everyone who helped organize, and everyone who attended what was a very successful event at the Calile Hotel. Thanks in particular to the Jury for volunteering their time, Georgie and Tannelle for helping to pull everything together, and to our new Chapter Manager Melanie West who was thrown in the deep end with a major event as her first task. Well done everyone!

Nominations for State Exec also closed last week for the next 2 year period – thank you to all who put your name forward. As we did not get over 8 nominations we do not need to go to an election, so we will be making an announcement on the new, expanded Exec at the Annual Chapter meeting breakfast event on Tuesday 23 July.

In other activities, AILA Qld have been continuing our successful and well-received series of practice visits, in which a member of the state Exec team comes by to give practices a one-on-one Q&A session on all things AILA. Again if we haven’t been to your firm yet and would like a visit, please let Mel know.

Our advocacy committee has also been very active in engaging with Government and allied professionals and responding to major project proposals, with positive outcomes achieved with projects such as The Spit masterplan on the Gold Coast. We are also pleased to see a renewed focus on parks, open space and active travel from the current Brisbane City Council administration.


Our Regional Landscapes Group is also continuing to prepare the Landscape and Visual Assessment guidelines for use nationally – a fantastic achievement.

Finally a quick update on the QBCC / licencing issue.  Although we have been lobbying hard, the State Government has still not got back to us with a formal position on whether or not Landscape Architects need a QBCC licence for performing Contract Administration work. That said, we do not believe that QBCC will exempt Landscape Architects from this licence requirement, so we are in the process of proposing a way forward to pre-empt this likely ruling. We are also working through this issue with AILA’s National Board, as this requirement from QBCC will likely set a nation-wide precedent, and therefore be the catalyst for AILA to strengthen requirements to achieve and maintain Registered Landscape Architect status. When and if we get a definitive answer I will advise all members immediately.

Thanks all – as always if you have any issues you think AILA Qld needs to address please don’t hesitate to contact us.


David Uhlmann

Stuart Bull, AILA QLD Small Business Network Co-Chair
The AILA Small Business Network continues to develop support for single to small practices in Brisbane with a series of programmes planned for the later half of the year. 
These include the ongoing Bookclub gatherings and monthly connections to the fellow networks such as the NGIQ and AILDM.

Following on from the recent Planting Design presentations, where fellow LA’s were encouraged to expand their plant knowledge, the SBN invites members to attend the upcoming NGIQ Trade Day at the RNA Showgrounds in Fortitude Valley on June 26th, commencing 6:45am. Meet some of the nursery industry, garden designers, landscapers and see what’s new on the plant market. Further details can be found on www.ngiq.asn.au
Another event of interest for members, and an opportunity to immerse yourself in plants and garden design, is the upcoming QLD Garden Expo, which will be held at the Nambour Showgrounds from July 12-14. Further details of this event can be found at www.qldgardenexpo.com.au
Another book club event is in the planning. This is an informal networking opportunity, centred around the shared experience of reading an industry-related book. Further details will be provided in the next bulletin.


Stuart Bull

Brisbane City Council Budget Announcement

AILA QLD has welcomed the recent budget announcements that demonstrate a commitment from BCC to a Greener, Liveable and Healthy City.

Landscape Architects and AILA look forward to working with Council on developing the living infrastructure throughout Brisbane over the following year. Click here for more information.

Tim Connor, North QLD Co-Chair - 5 June 2019
Winter has come to North Queensland - almost.

Whilst the rest of Australia is settling in for a long cold winter us North Queenslander's are settling into what is the most glorious weather of the year.

Our NQ members recently hosted a web conference with Queensland president David Uhlmann to catch up on all things AILA. Through the use of the wonders of the internet we had attendees from Cairns, Townsville and Mackay all join us for the briefing. We very much appreciate David giving up a Thursday evening to give us the briefing.

With the recent release of tickets for the 2019 International Festival of Landscape Architecture we are hoping that we can send a garrison of NQ members down to Melbourne to catch up on all things Landscape Architecture.

Please also see a below an event that may be of interest to you:  
Therapeutic Horticulture Australia is holding it's annual conference & workshops, Aloft Hotel, Perth

September Thursday 19th Workshops, Friday 20th Conference, Sunday 22nd Bus Trip (combined THA & AIH destinations)
followed by:
Australian Institute of Horticulture
Annual Conference & Awards Dinner, Aloft Hotel, Perth
September Saturday 21st Conference and Awards Dinner, Sunday 22nd Bus Trip (combined THA & AIH destinations)

In the meantime Andrew and I are looking forward to any other ideas for events and functions with our allied professions that our North Queensland contingent has for events moving forward.


Tim Connor

Georgina Scriha, National Manager - Events and Partners - 21 May 2019
In celebration of National Volunteer Week, I'd like to take this opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to our volunteers who contribute to the work of AILA. Your time is extremely valued by us and your dedication to the profession through committees, writing submissions, mentoring, speaking, interviewing, judging, event planning and more - never goes unnoticed. We can not do this without you.

I would also like the opportunity to introduce your new Qld Chapter Manager, Melanie West.  Melanie can be contacted at [email protected] or on 0417 666 622 and will be available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Melanie has started this week and Tannelle and I have been busy training her in all things AILA.  Thanks to members for their well wishes as I move into the National Manager - Events and Partner.  It's been great working with you all and I'll see you around!    



Jamie Franklin, AILA QLD Vice President - 9 April 2019

Too often in local government and private industry Landscape Architects are brought in too late to advocate for good design decisions. How often are LA’s asked to design sub-divisions or medium density alongside engineers and planners? We can offer so much more at the beginning of the process with the knowledge that retention of significant stands of vegetation, views or other valuable landscape assets would add so much more to the economics and social well-being of new neighbourhoods. The current formula of sprawling green-field sub-divisions is not the answer nor is the more recent trend of smaller block sub-divisions without space for significant trees in the back yard or streetscape.….. so what is the solution?

I know, I know, I’m not saying anything new but we do need to advocate for our own worth as LA’s in these decisions – we need a place at the table early on. It poses the question, what is the role of AILA in supporting Council’s planning departments to achieve better design and liveability outcomes across Australia? Maybe, Roderick Simpson’s ‘Starting with Landscape’ report presented to the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Better Cities which raises a different formula to planned sub-divisions, is a good starting point for future discussions. The key message is that we need to consider landscape first.

Currently, Sunshine Coast Council and Brisbane City Council are preparing design strategies seeking to influence future design in their regions. In the Sunshine Coast’s case consistent feedback from key stakeholders and the community has raised that the landscape and the ‘green backdrop’ is the key value to the Sunshine Coast area to retain and build upon. Also, QDesign and Better Placed have recently been released by the QLD and NSW Governments advocating for better design outcomes. Whilst overseas in the UK, the Design Council recently updated ‘The Design Economy 2018’ pushing the agenda that holistic good design is good for business. 

As the fourth industrial revolution takes hold, the value of good (or place relevant) design is becoming globally recognised as a vital tool to retain our liveability and environment. As custodians of the environment, Landscape Architects need to be standing in the front line of the design professions.

Jamie Franklin

Vice-President AILA QLD

David Roberts, AILA QLD Advocacy Committee Chair - 25 March 2019

With a busy start to 2019, the AILA Advocacy Group QLD has started the year off well engaging with numerous Authorities and connecting with key decision makers within government organisations.

There are many changes occurring across the state, including some significant projects underway, so ensuring our message is loud and clear assists in getting landscape issues in front of the right people making the big decisions.

As mentioned before - The AILA National advocacy goal is “to ensure landscape architecture gains and retains a position of primary focus for policy makers, agencies, allied professions and the greater community.”

It is great to see numerous strategies and plans coming from all levels of government organisations that promote healthy living. If you have kids like I do, you understand that time in the great outdoors is under threat by indoor online activities instead. Getting all of us ‘off the couch’ is something as landscape architects, we need to be innovative about when designing outdoor space, as we are up against a formidable enemy ‘the internet’.

One such strategy is DTMR’s Queensland Walking Strategy, which is a fantastic step in the right direction! As already mentioned by Suzie, the AILA advocacy group QLD has responded to DTMR and I encourage you to now review the huge number of walking images and comments on the Queensland Walking Strategy Ideas Wall.

Click the link below:


A project gaining plenty of airtime is Brisbane City Council’s Mount Coot-tha Zip Line project. After AILA’s submission to BCC, we were invited to meet with the BCC Zip Line team, and it was great to hear directly from them about the inner details of this project located in a sensitive environment which is clearly part of the community’s concerns.

With so much going on in the State – it is difficult to ensure our voice reaches all decision makers, so we all have a role to play in our daily interactions with clients, other consultants and government agencies to promote good landscape principles and get others thinking about the landscape as a priority instead of a last-minute thought.

It continues to amaze me the huge variety of opportunities for this unique profession and the broader scope, we as landscape architects get involved in - providing a valuable perspective on the communities we live in.

A 2019 aim for the AILA Advocacy Group QLD is to make our voice even louder. Getting more opportunities to sit face to face with the decision makers of this State to ensure that the right decisions are made, including protection of our valuable landscape environments, planning liveable communities for people and thinking about the landscape for future generations is a priority.

Over the next few months we will be continuing to address issues including:

  • protection of Victoria Park - Brisbane;
  • protecting significant trees in the landscape in urban environments;
  • persisting with certification issues and compliance.

So stay tuned.

If you have comments or concerns about any future projects or projects in progress and believe AILA should be addressing them, email your thoughts through to AILA QLD as we would love to hear from you.


David Roberts


Suzie Rawlinson, AILA QLD Regional Landscapes Group Chair - 12 March 2019

The AILA Queensland Regional Landscapes Working Group (RLWG), which I chair, have been active over the past quarter with some new members joining our group and new projects on our agenda.

I recently attended the AILA National Practice Committee meeting where it was agreed that the Guidance Note for Landscape and Visual Assessment (GNLVA) should be adopted as a national document. This is exciting news for those of us involved in Landscape and Visual Assessment and working across Australia. I have begun the process of engaging with our colleagues interstate to make the necessary adjustments so that this can happen. The GNLVA will provide Landscape Architects with a single source of guidance for terminology and quality, providing a context for the wide range of location specific guidance currently available. This is a great achievement for our group, who are leading the way for the institute in this area. I will keep you all posted on our progress. You will find a copy of the GNLVA by clicking here. 

The RLWG are providing a team to participate in the upcoming review of the Queensland National Parks and Wildlie Service facilities manual. This is a fantastic opportunity for our members to influence the development of an important technical document that will be used by designers working on recreation facilities within National Parks across the State. Our team will draw upon our appreciation of the diversity of landscapes across Queensland and bring our passion for protecting and enhancing landscape character and managing visual impact to this process.

I would also like to mention the amazing work being done by the AILA Queensland Advocacy Committee on our members behalf. I encourage you all to follow the work of this committee who have been busy providing feedback to Government on issues and strategies which relate to the work of Landscape Architects and affect the liveability of our state and cities. Recently this included a response to the Queensland Walking Strategy 2019 – 2029.

As Landscape Architects we all strongly believe that walkability is not just as a mode of transport but crucial to address issues of health, obesity, air quality, and town and city planning. AILA’s response to this policy can be found here.

The AILA Queensland Awards are now open for entries. I encourage everyone to enter the awards, as it is a fantastic opportunity to share and celebrate our work. As a previous juror, I have been fortunate enough to see this diversity and the high calibre of projects first hand. I particularly encourage entries from our regional members and members working in the regions.

If you are interested in learning more about the work of AILA Queensland’s Advocacy committee or the Regional Landscapes Working Group, we always welcome new members. Please email us on [email protected]

We would also welcome any suggestions for future projects which support our work in promoting best practice in landscape planning and management throughout Queensland.


Suzie Rawlinson

David Uhlmann, AILA QLD President - 1 March 2019

Hello AILA Queensland Members,

It has been a busy start to the year for Qld Exec and the state committees with a number of important initiatives continuing to be actively pursued.

Late last year we commenced practice visits, which are a Q&A session over morning tea or lunch with a member of State Exec and our Queensland Chapter Manager Georgie. The first sessions have been well received and beneficial both for State Exec to hear what practices would like AILA to be doing for them, and for Landscape Architects to hear directly what State Exec is doing, often behind the scenes, for the profession and for Landscape Architects practicing in Queensland. If your office is interested in having a session please contact Georgie and we will arrange a suitable day and time.

There has also been increased focus on advocacy for the profession recently, particularly given recent discussions with QBCC surrounding licencing and recognition of the profession. We have aligned with the Australian Institute of Architects in taking this issue to the State Government as the AIA are having similar issues with QBCC’s interpretation of licencing requirements. Both AIA and AILA have been advised that the Minister’s office is actively looking at our issues with QBCC and we will be attending a meeting with the Minister once they have investigated the relevant legal issues. We have also put the whole issue of registration and protection of the “Landscape Architect” title on the National Board agenda, so that we can provide consistent approach nationwide in lobbying government for recognition of Landscape Architects and the Registered Landscape Architect scheme.

We are also coming up to re-nomination time for positions on State Exec which is due for a refresh in June this year. If you are interested in joining State Exec from June this year please contact Georgie or myself. If the number of nominations exceed the maximum quantity of 8 members, the exec positions will be decided by a state-wide election. Please do not be discouraged from expressing interest if you are a regional member – it is important that State Exec reflects the many and varied types of LA practice state-wide. Also please do not be discouraged if you have never been involved with AILA exec or committees before – new faces and new ideas are always welcome and necessary to ensure a vibrant and active State Exec.

Awards time is also coming soon - entries are open so please consider submitting your projects! We have selected a fantastic jury and have confirmed an exciting new venue for this year’s awards – we will announce details soon!

Also – just a reminder about AILA’s new “Member” category. This category sits in between Graduate Member and Registered LA, and is intended for Landscape Architects with 5 years or more post grad experience but who are not yet ready to undertake the RLA. Applications for this category can be taken at any time so please contact Georgie if you are interested in signing up. 

Finally, please keep an eye out for our events as they appear in our State newsletters – they are always a good opportunity to learn and to catch-up up with colleagues. We are also actively cross-promoting our events with AIA, PIA and other aligned organizations in an attempt to broaden our audience and spread the word on the fantastic work Landscape Architects are doing. We have also negotiated member rates for some of their events as well if you are interested in attending.

Thanks all and best wishes for a successful 2019! 


David Uhlmann

Paul Stein, AILA QLD Small Business Network Co-Chair - 12 February 2019

The AILA Small Business Network continues to develop support for single to small practices in Brisbane. Collaboration with AILDM puts Landscape Architects and Landscape Designers together to share knowledge and skills, and brings like-minded people together as a sounding board for ideas and problems. Our network of Landscape Architects can use this forum as an informal means to meet and socialize. 

Keep your eye out on our events page for another Book Club event. This is an informal networking opportunity, centred around the shared experience of reading an industry-related book.


  • To create dialogue between practitioners in subject areas on the edge of practice
  • To continue the festival theme of ‘the expanding field’
  • Raise awareness of the Small Business Network (host)

This year’s focus will be monthly casual catch-ups for coffee breaks and after-work drinks (and maybe progress to dinner) to keep the mood light. Table talk about the joys and troubles of small business life; advice, laughs, product debate, fav plant species, sharing our knowledge. Each time, an new café/bar is chosen for the event location, a chance to see new architecture, street design, or taste the establishments specialties.
More ‘member tours’ to come, of completed/currently-constructed projects to visit and discuss. This is a chance to talk about the project in detail, including the design, the process, the construction and the maintenance (and everything in-between). So here is a call to members to show off your favourite design. 

Look out for this month’s location for our catch up…….



Andrew Prowse, North Queensland Co-Chair - 28 January 2019

Local horticulturist & landscape designer, Kim Morris has recently passed away from cancer earlier this month. Kim was well known & respected in the landscape & horticultural profession in far north and western Queensland. He was a past president of the Australian Institute of Horticulture, wrote a weekend gardening page in the Cairns Post for the last 17 years and had a radio garden segment Garden Chat on Saturday's mornings ABC Far North 106.76FM. His celebration of life was held at the Cairns Chinese Friendship Garden at Cairns Regional Council's Centenary Lakes which he designed in collaboration with myself.

There are some interesting landscape themed exhibitions currently on or on in next month in Cairns & Brisbane. These include:

Cairns Regional Gallery, Shields Street, Cairns City
Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey -Stories of this Land
The first major retrospective of this major indigenous artist with evocative landscapes of north Queensland & the islands
On till Sunday February 10th
Mitchell Burns - A Panoramic Vision
Exhibition of panoramic landscapes by a north Queensland photographer
On from Friday 1st November to Sunday 24th February

Onespace Gallery, 13a Gladestone Road, Highgate Hill,
Nicola Moss - Greenspace
Horticultural, garden & landscape themed exhibition by Gold Coast based artist exploring varied roles greenery in inner-city areas.
Saturday 2nd February to Saturday 2nd March


Andrew Prowse

Building Industry Fairness Reforms - Progress Payments, Adjudication and Subcontractors’ Charges

On 10 November 2017, the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (BIF Act) introduced a suite of reforms to ensure Queenslander's who work in our building and construction industry are paid for the work they do. On 11 September 2018, amendments to clarify some of the provisions under these reforms commenced. Reforms relating to progress payments, adjudication and subcontractors’ charges will commence on 17 December 2018.

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