UDIA in Action

Following the WA Day long weekend the UDIA team hit the ground running this week as we put final preparations into place to welcome 450 guests to our Industry Luncheon looking at Infill Dreams and Market Realities tomorrow.

During the lunch we will be launching a new report Housing Our Community, Acting today to avoid tomorrow’s housing crisis, which outlines the concerning impact that a lack of housing supply has on affordability and how development constraints, land fragmentation and the limited opportunity for proponent led development solutions will limit the industry’s future ability to deliver adequate housing to the market.

In addition to this we will also be launching the latest edition of our quarterly magazine The Urbanist. This edition takes an International Study Tour to examine and learn from what is happening in other places around the world and how we can bring these learnings home to WA. Hard copies will be mailed to all key representatives, however feel free to pick up your copy from the lunch tomorrow.

This week saw the release of our latest Urban Intelligence monthly market report which provides members with an in depth analysis of lot sales and all the latest statistics impacting the development market .

UDIA WA is in the process of preparing our State Budget Submission and if you have any feedback or recommendations that you would like to be included, please email policy@udiawa.com.au.

Last Friday the Housing Diversity Committee met and enjoyed a presentation from Urbis Director Tim Connoley on the latest Urbis Apartment Essentials data.

Home in WA on air this Saturday!

This weekend will see the continuation of our Home in WA series with episode 3 airing on Saturday 12 June at 5.30pm on Channel 7.

The upcoming episode progresses the conversation around solutions to the rental crisis currently being experienced in Perth including initiatives such as Build-to-Rent.

Episode 2 went to air last Saturday 5 June and focused on the benefits of apartment living featuring Essence Claremont by Blackburne, which recently won the UDIA WA 2020 Award for Excellence in the Higher Density category and can be viewed here.

Latest Market Statistics revealed

This week UDIA WA released the latest edition of our monthly Urban Intelligence report which highlights the key stats and facts impacting the urban development industry.

This month’s report also includes a feature article from Christopher Green looking at the continued strong land sales figures as well as analysing the impact of the economic stability measures put in place by the RBA. The report looks ahead and flags the updated population figures set to be released by the ABS next week.

Regardless of what the short-term population figures reveal next week, UDIA is committed to continuing to working with all levels of government to establish a population strategy to attract the skills that we need to enable our economy to flourish whilst further enhancing our liveabilty rating.

UDIA WA members can access the full report here.

Latest episode of The Urbanist Live

Today UDIA WA were proud to release the latest episode in our popular podcast series The Urbanist Live. This episode is the third in our special series devoted to Diversity and Inclusion.

In this episode, host Tanya Steinbeck, CEO of UDIA WA is joined by two of UDIA WA’s Industry Workforce and Diversity Committee members, Anna Broughton a Director at NS Group and Rachel Evans, Principal at Emerge Associates, exploring the topic: Benefits to organisations of diversity & inclusion – taking meaningful action.

Listen to the latest episode as well as all previous episodes here.

The Urbanist Live podcast is also available to listen to and download on a variety of podcasting platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts, among others.

EnviroDevelopment Newsletter

The latest National EnviroDevelopment Newsletter was released last week which showcases exemplary examples of sustainable projects from around Australia.

The latest edition includes information about the West Australian Greywater Guide, a first of its kind manual for all things water recycling and a piece by Mark Taylor, Sustainability Manager at Hesperia Property, on the key challenges and opportunities of a renewable-energy-based economy, among other articles.

To view the latest edition, click here.

Released each quarter, this newsletter is an excellent opportunity to promote the great work being done by projects right here in WA and showcase it on a national scale. To be included in the next edition of this newsletter or for more information about EnviroDevelopment, email policy@udiawa.com.au.

Perth’s enhanced liveability

The latest edition of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index has seen Perth rise up to sixth in the rankings, up from 14th bypassing previous trendsetters Melbourne and Sydney, which dropped to 9th and 11th respectively.

Despite the fall in the rankings for Sydney and Melbourne, the top of the index was dominated by Australian and New Zealand cities with 7 of the top 11 found in our part of the world.

Auckland took out top spot ahead of Osaka in 2nd and Adelaide in 3rd place. Wellington ranked 4th followed by Tokyo in 5th and then Perth sitting in 6th spot. Two Swiss cities in Zurich and Geneva followed on in 7th and 8th spots with Melbourne and Brisbane rounding out the top 10 with Sydney finishing in 11th spot.

UDIA WA has often promoted the advantages of living in Western Australia and this result highlights the incredible lifestyle we have here, a facet that will be an essential part of a population strategy to assist with growing our population once international travel resumes.

Design team announced

This week it was announced that a consortium of leading local, national and international architects will design the $695 million ECU City Campus, set to be the centrepiece of the Perth City Deal.

Australian architectural firm Lyons, in partnership with Perth-based Silver Thomas Hanley and international architects Haworth Tompkins, have been announced as the successful design team for the ECU City Campus.

The consortium has already begun to design the ECU City Campus, which will be Western Australia’s first comprehensive university campus situated in the Perth CBD.

Also appointed is global engineering company and UDIA WA member Stantec, which is the Lead Engineer for Civil, Structural and Building Services. Stantec is recognised for many Perth landmarks, including Elizabeth Quay and the Westin Perth.

Marshall Day will carry out the City Campus’ acoustic engineering, following its successful acoustic delivery of Optus Stadium and UDIA WA research partner Urbis will lead on town planning.

The new campus will attract 9,200 students and staff by 2025, growing to over 11,000 students and staff by 2034. Construction will begin in 2021 and the campus will open in 2025.

Awards for Excellence entries close soon

With just 3 weeks to go until nominations close, time is fast running out for anyone wanting to enter the 2021 Awards for Excellence close, don’t let you project miss out on the recognition it deserves.

Follow these five easy steps to success

  1. Create your account.Visit awardsplatform.com and create an account, or log in with your details from last year. Your log-in details can then be shared with your team so anyone contributing to the submission can access the platform as needed over the coming weeks.
  2. Choose your categoryThere are 12 categories to choose from. Projects can be entered into multiple categories! Projects that have been entered in the past can also be nominated again, either in the same category or a different one (so long as it hasn’t previously won that category).
  3. Work on your nomination. You’ve got 3 weeks leftto finalise your submission! You can save your progress as you go. So, with the help of your project team, start completing the nomination criteria and get your supporting materials ready to load.
  4. Submit your nomination on or before 30th JuneOnce your nomination is complete and you are ready to submit, you can review your information and then hit “submit”.
  5. Complete and return the nomination payment form.Once your nomination is complete and you have submitted it, complete the payment form and return to UDIA WA to ensure your entries are finalised and accepted for judging!

To view the nomination kit, click here and to start your entry, click here.

Be part of the conversation

Join the conversation and have your questions answered on the practical strategies for climate change mitigation and adaption in residential development for improved resilience and liveability at our upcoming industry breakfast.

Featuring industry experts including Professor Matthew Tonts, Dr Josh Byrne, Vicki Lummer, Paul Lakey, and Darren Walsh this event is set to look at the challenges impacting our built environment and providing key insights into creating climate-resilient communities.

Book your place here to make sure you’re part of this crucial conversation.

Enhance your career with UDIA WA

There is less than a week left  for UDIA WA members receive 10% off all UDIA WA professional development courses, as part of UDIA WA’s EOFY sale.

This offer valid for those who book by COB Wednesday 16 June and provides an exceptional opportunity for members to enhance their career and develop key skills for use in the development industry.

For more information and to see full T&C’s, click here.

Outlook Alumni Drinks

Last week the UDIA WA Outlook Committee hosted the first Outlook Alumni Drinks, which took place at Refuge Bar and provided an excellent opportunity for members of the Outlook community to catch up with some of the past UDIA WA & Stockland Young Development Professional Award winners!

Submissions for the YDP Award close on 30 June and anyone looking for more information can click here and to start your entry, click here.

Become a key player in sustainable development

Time is running out for anyone look to register for the upcoming EnviroDevelopment Professional Training!

This 3-hour webinar is the perfect opportunity to enhance your skillset and become a key player in sustainable development. It provides a direct steppingstone to becoming a certified EnviroDevelopment Professional (EDP).

The course offers the opportunity to gain knowledge of the EnviroDevelopment program and stay in touch with latest trends and technologies in green communities across Australia.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to become an EDP. For more information, click here.

Open House Perth talks

Open House Perth have several talks coming up at the Rechabite as part of the Design Matters Series and are offering UDIA WA members a 10% discount on tickets to these events.

The next of these talks takes places on 23 June, with special visiting speaker Shaun Carter from Carter Williamson discussing the topic Unusual Usual_ green living through good design, with the focus being on small footprint homes and renovations that use existing homes rather than demolish them.

Doors open at 5.30pm with the talks starting at 6pm. Tickets are available for purchase here and use the code friend10 to secure your 10% discount.