News from AILA Victoria

News from AILA Victoria Chapter 29 November 2021

Dear Members,

I hope you are all keeping well and looking forward to a week of warmer weather following extensive spring rains this season. I think the holidays are going to be consumed with weeding and hopefully a bumper crop for those growing summer fruits and vegetables.

The Melbourne CBD has come to life with people returning to office, and spending time together as our food, arts and cultural events spring back into action. It has been timely that City of Melbourne established its Design Excellence panel and advisory committee to bring a range of expertise together in forward planning for the CBD and broader municipality. I am representing AILA on the Design Excellence Advisory Committee and look forward to contributing to the strategic direction of major projects across Melbourne.

Equally it has been amazing to see people visiting and spending time in our regional centres once again. The amount of people both relocating and spending several days now working from home from regional centres will bring with it new expectations and demand on our built and natural environments. A regional focus is in development with the executive and will align with AILA’s strategic plan.

The executive has been very busy working with our sub-committee groups and I encourage you all to consider involvement in a committee of interest. There is such extensive knowledge across the committees, and in collaboration with the AILA Strategic plan we have a big year planned for 2022.

Last week saw the successful delivery of our Blue meets Green live stream event. This AILA event, now in its fifth year, has become one of our major events on the events calendar. Thank you to Meredith Dobbie and Naomi Barun for facilitating each session, and to our Chapter Manager Martha Delfas for coordinating the event. Thank you also to Greater Western Water, City Green and Aurecon for supporting this event and sharing AILA’s vision for better designed green spaces for improved liveability and community health.

The planning for next year’s Victorian AILA awards have commenced and will now move into Jury selection and announcing our Jury Chair shortly. We will provide extensive communications on the awards as we progress into the new year and hope to see many wonderful projects from our Victorian chapter.

I encourage you all to visit and spend some time on the new website and explore memberscape over the holiday period. The memberscape platform is just a fantastic method of knowledge sharing and connecting with those across our profession; I recommend you bring this into your routine and with your colleagues as we will all benefit.

Well, it is that time once again, and fair to say a year like no other we have experienced before. Please take care, rest well and enjoy time with family and friends over the holiday period. It is fair to say that 2022 is going to be a huge year for AILA and our profession.

Kind regards,

Matt York,  President  - AILA Victoria