Firstly, I would like to begin by acknowledging the Traditional Owners of the land on which I am writing to you today, the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Eastern Kulin Nation who thrived on this land for 60,000 years before European arrival. I am fortunate to live only a few steps away from the Yarra River – Birrarung, a traditional eel breeding ground and a beautiful natural place for our city.
By the time this newsletter goes out to you we will have just experienced Reconciliation Week for 2023, with the Theme a Voice for Generations. I hope you all managed to attend one of many events across the country, as a part of your own reconciliation journey.
In the month of May we received the Federal and State budgets, where we heard about investment in building more homes, boosted skills migration, improved skills recognition, infrastructure, better cities, liveable suburbs and closing the gender pay gap, among many more.
We also saw an impressive array of entry reveals in the AILA Chapter Awards in May and we are all eagerly anticipating the AILA Chapter Award events across the country in June.
I wish you all the best in staying warm, moving through the end of financial year push and best of luck to all of the award entrants, I look forward to joining in the NSW State Chapter Awards in Sydney with my fellow AILA Directors.
Katie Earle, AILA Director and Company Secretary