News from NSW Secretary - Natalie McEvoy on Wangal Country

Natalie McEvoy

NSW Secretary

2nd November 2021

Last month, I joined Lee Andrews, Chair of the NSW Advocacy Committee, and others as the executive representative to provide feedback on the Draft Urban Design Guide (UDG), one of the supporting documents of the new Design and Place SEPP
I was pleased to hear that the UDG would include targets for percentage tree canopy cover and soil volumes for new developments. The targets, or “metrics” if you like, will be a mechanism to deliver better environmental outcomes though an approval-based system.

Our advocacy group provided feedback regarding these targets and where they could be challenged by current policy or legacy conditions, or where, in our experience, they may face roadblocks. The key message we brought to the meeting was the importance of increased interconnectivity of soil networks. We also talked about how to incentivise development to achieve more than the baseline targets. 

To me, this experience reinforced the importance for AILA, in making these representations, to stay connected with our members, and our industry more broadly. It was great to be involved in this process. 
Don’t forget that you can contact the NSW Exec if you have specific input to key issues relating to landscape architecture in NSW, to discuss advocacy issues or if you would like to be involved with an Advocacy group.

The draft Design and Place SEPP will go on public exhibition later in 2021 to provide more opportunities for feedback and AILA NSW will keep you updated about the timing of the exhibition.

Please consider joining the next Exec Catch up #5.0  - the focus will be on Landscape Architecture and Academic / University Connections. These catch ups have been well supported by NSW members and we’ve received some great feedback. The catch-ups provide a social environment to maintain our connections with like minded people and share experiences and support.

All my very best, I hope you’re all branching out into a new world a feeling new buoyancy and inspiration. Let’s do it ! Landscape and green spaces have never been more important.