UDIA AGM and Annual Report for members

UDIA was pleased to host our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 13 October from 1.30pm. At that meeting our Annual Report was presented for members information and outlined the organisations performance during the 2020/21 financial year including policy and advocacy, financial statements, supporters and general information about the Institute’s activities throughout the year.

Three special resolutions were also passed at the AGM to make amendments to the UDIA WA Constitution.  At the direction of State Council, the proposed changes were circulated to the key representatives of each member organisations on 23 September 2021 and subsequently accepted at the AGM.

To find out more about UDIA WA’s activities throughout the last financial year, you can read the Annual Report here.

The updated Constitution can be viewed in full on the UDIA WA website here.

UDIA WA Council 2021/22 declared

At the UDIA WA AGM on Wednesday, the outcome of the recent Council general election for 2021/22 was declared.  We are pleased to advise that Col Dutton was re-elected unopposed as President.

The new Council met directly following the AGM and elected the positions of Treasurer and two Vice Presidents.

Your UDIA WA Council members for 2021/22 are:

  • President: Col Dutton
  • Vice President: Jane Bennett
  • Vice President: Jeremy Cordina
  • Treasurer: Darren Walsh
  • Richard Pappas
  • Paul Morgan
  • Greg Rowe
  • Avril Thomson
  • Anthony Rowbottam
  • Lyle Kenny
  • Danielle Davison
  • Karl White

The UDIA WA Council sets the strategic direction for the Institute and we appreciate the leadership, expertise and time that our Council members volunteer in order to ensure the success of UDIA WA as the peak body representing the urban development industry in Western Australia.

UDIA WA Strategic Committee Membership

Following a competitive nomination process, the members of the newly established Strategic Committees were endorsed by Council at their meeting yesterday.

In 2021, the UDIA WA Council endorsed a revised governance structure to ensure structural strategic alignment throughout the organisation and a laser focus on achieving our goals.

These three new Strategic Committees have been formed in alignment with our policy pillars. These committees will be supported by advisory groups aligned with the current committee structure.

The members of the 2021/22 Strategic Committees are:

Economic Committee

CHAIR: Jeremy Cordina


  • Tiffany Allen, Chief Executive Officer, Construction Training Fund
  • Craig Shepherd, Partner, PWC
  • Tim Connoley, Director, Urbis
  • Stuart Nahajski, General Manager Regional, Development WA
  • Steven Foley, Director, JDSI
  • Ryan Hunter, Project Director, PEET
  • John Silla, General Manager Development & Sales WA, Satterley Property Group

Environment Committee

CHAIR: Avril Thomson


  • Sharon Clark, Manager Environment & Sustainability Services, DevelopmentWA
  • Craig Wallace, Partner, Lavan
  • Dan Panickar, Manager – WA, ecological Australia
  • Louise Nazareth, Senior Development Manager, Stockland
  • Karl White, Director Planning & Sustainability, Cedar Woods Properties
  • Tamara Smith, Director, 360 Environmental
  • Clay Thomas, Project Director, PEET
  • Darren Walsh, Executive Director, Strategen JBS&G

Liveability Committee

CHAIR: Jane Bennett


  • Grant Shepherd, Business Development & Planning Manager WA, Stockland
  • Jay Walter, General Manager, JWH Group
  • Sariska Neale, Manager Statutory Planning, DevelopmentWA
  • Scott Cameron, General Manager Project Coordination, Finbar
  • Rod Dixon, Manager Land Development, Rowe Group
  • Dave Wilson, Director, Norup & Wilson
  • Samantha Thompson, Director, TBB

Nominations for UDIA Advisory Groups close tomorrow

Nominations close on Friday 15 October for the UDIA WA 2022-23 Standing Advisory Groups and Other Committees.

Standing Advisory Groups were endorsed in 2021 as part of a revised governance structure, and will serve to bring together technical experts from the UDIA membership to offer detailed operational level input into the objectives covered under the three Strategic Committees, which are the Economic, Environment and Liveability Committees.

UDIA WA is calling for leaders from across the industry, from a diverse range of skills and backgrounds, to come forwards and nominate for a number of positions and play a role in shaping the future of development in Western Australia. Positions are available in the following Strategic Working Groups and Committees:

Standing Advisory Groups:

  • Built Form
  • Climate Change
  • Community Education & Engagement
  • Industry Workforce
  • Infrastructure
  • Land Use Planning
  • Regulation & Taxation
  • Urban Water

Other Committees:

  • Diversity
  • Outlook

For more information, access the nominations kit here and to nominate, click here.

EPA Cost Recovery Briefing

DWER provided a briefing to UDIA’s Environment Committee this week, providing an overview of the EPA’s Cost Recovery Discussion Paper. The Discussion proposed fee structure, indicates that assessment fees are likely to be in the order of $300,000 – $500,000 for typical development projects. UDIA appreciates the opportunity to discuss our concerns regarding the cost recovery proposals in detail with DWER officers. We also invite member to provide feedback on the proposals to policy@udiawa.com.au early next week ahead of the consultation closing on Friday 22 October.

Draft SPP2.9 Planning for Water

UDIA’s Urban Water Committee met this week with representatives from DPLH and the WA Planning Commission to discuss the draft SPP 3.6 Planning for Water. Whilst the Urban Water Committee is reviewing the policy and supplementary guidance, any additional feedback from UDIA members is also welcome and should be provided to policy@udiawa.com.au

Infrastructure Market Capacity

It is very timely given the skills crisis currently impacting WA, that Infrastructure Australia has just released a report into the skills and materials critical to deliver Australia’s major infrastructure pipeline.

According to the Infrastructure Market Capacity Report, Australia is on the cusp of an unprecedented wave of investment in public infrastructure projects, with investment in major public infrastructure over the next five years across Australia exceeding $218 billion. This scale of investment, and the rate of growth to achieve it, has never before been seen.

The scale of demand for skills and resources is highly likely to exceed the normal capacity increases expected in the market. Demand for plant, labour, equipment and materials to deliver the major public infrastructure pipeline over the next five years is forecast to be two-thirds higher than the previous five years (to 2019-20).

Download the full report here.

Colliecrete – Innovative Low Carbon Geopolymer Concrete

Engineers Australia is hosting a sundowner event to showcase the very latest research findings and commercial opportunities for a new geopolymer concrete manufacturing industry.

The Murdoch University based research team is researching the viability of developing a geopolymer concrete products manufacturing facility using flyash and other industrial by-products and recycled materials that are plentiful in the Collie region.

Colliecrete is a State Government Royalties for Regions funded project.

More information and to book tickets to the free event, click here.

The Urbanist magazine and Awards Supplement in print

The printed versions of the latest edition of UDIA WA’s quarterly magazine The Urbanist along with our 2021 Awards for Excellence Winners Supplement were mailed out to member organisations this week.

We hope you enjoy reading out how industry and government can work toward net zero targets in our Climate Action themed through leadership magazine!

Members can read the online version of the magazine here.

Download the digital edition of the awards supplement here.

Whiteman park train station revealed

The first images of the future METRONET Whiteman Park Station were released earlier this week.

The station will be elevated and a new underpass to be built under Drumpellier Drive is aimed at providing better connections for Brabham residents and linking the growing community with the new station.

The populations of Brabham, Henley Brook, Dayton, Bennett Springs and Caversham are set to boom over the next decade with an expected 12,000 new homes to be built for the 32,000 people choosing to live in the area by 2036.

It will be a 25-minute trip from the Perth CBD on the new Morley-Ellenbrook line, slashing 20 minutes off of the current trip by bus.

A draft 30-year Whiteman Park Station Precinct Concept Master Plan is being developed and will open for public comment in the coming months. Th plan will inform structure planning in Brabham and future updates of the Whiteman Park Strategic Plan.