Kwinana Port takes a step closer

Planning for the Outer Harbour freight network has entered a new phase with the appointment of Tim Collins as Project Director for the Westport Office. He will be responsible for overseeing the development of the long-term strategic plans for the Port of Fremantle’s Outer Harbour and future Inner Harbour.

Meanwhile, the Westport: Port and Environs Strategy discussion paper is out for comment (here). Please send any feedback for the UDIA submission through to by Monday 29 January.

Committee nominations now closed

Nominations for the UDIA Committees closed on Monday. Thank you to all of the outstanding applicants who nominated. UDIA will be in contact with all who applied following selection of the final committee members, which will be underway over the next several weeks.

UDIA in the United States?

We are seeking members input and feedback into the development of an International Study Tour. Our aim is to provide a Study Tour that enables attendees the opportunity to gain knowledge and learn lessons from relevant world leading examples. The survey should only take approximately 2-3 minutes to complete and will assist us in developing a comprehensive and relevant program for our Members.  You can participate in the survey here

The worst is behind you … position yourself for the recovery!

Professor Ian Harper from Deloitte Access Economics and RBA Board member will make a keynote presentation at the UDIA WA State Conference themed “Developing WA” running from 28 February to 2 March 2018. Professor Harper’s presentation will focus on the broader economic outlook for the international and national economies and he will trace this down to the WA economy and more specifically the property market.

In discussion the content of his presentation, Mr Harper said that that the WA economy has turned and the impact of that will also carry over to the WA property market.  He says “the worst is behind you … position yourself for the recovery or as Paul Keating used to say, “Set your sails for growth!””

For more information on the fantastic speaker line up for this year’s conference visit:

Enrolments closing Friday – Project Management Course

Enrolments for our BSB41515 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice close this Friday! The online course commences next Monday 29 January and is the only nationally-recognised qualification of its kind that teaches the project management competencies unique to the property development industry. The case studies are real and provide context for workplace application. For full course details click here

WA features strong entrants for national awards

The National UDIA Awards for Excellence judges visited Perth this week to view our entrants in the prestigious national awards program.  Our nominees include Ellenbrook by LWP Joint Venture and Department of Communities, Jervis Rise by BGC Developments, Concerto Apartments by Finbar, Bethanie Gwelup by Bethanie, The Villas at Taskers by Gary Dempsey Developments, Alkimos Beach by Lendlease and LandCorp, Honeywood Estate by Satterley, and Elizabeth Quay by Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.

The national awards will be presented on the final night of the UDIA National Congress in Melbourne in March.  More details:

Main Roads open dialogue

UDIA met with representatives from Main Roads WA today to discuss industry issues including the draft Guidelines for the Selection of Intersection Control.  The department is taking UDIA’s perspective under consideration and have agreed to meet with the institute regularly on relevant issues.

The new robotics technology set to change the construction industry

Fastbrick Robotics has developed a bricklaying robot.  The gigantic robot, Hadrian X, equipped with specialised technology, can lay a residential house from the ground up, on site, in 2 days. Until now, any robot building on such large scales had to be indoors in minutely controlled environments.

Hadrian has overcome this problem using the precision technology Dynamic Stabilisation Technology (DST). DST was developed in Perth by Mark Pivac, back in the early 2000s. The computer program measures environmental factors 2000 times per second, then accounts for them in real time.

Combine that with a 3D printer style build process based on CAD modelling, and you get a robot that can lay bricks with an error margin of just 1 millimetre.  More information here

FREE seminar on Water Sensitive Cities

UDIA is hosting a ‘conversation with Professor Tony Wong’ at 7.30am on Tuesday 6 February which is free to attend for UDIA members. Professor Wong heads up the Cooperative Research Centre for WaterSensitive Cities (CRCWSC), which was established in July 2012 to help change the way we design, build and manage our cities and towns by valuing the contribution water makes to economic development and growth, our quality of life, and the ecosystems of which cities are a part.

Professor Wong will speak about the CRC’s priorities for 2018, how it is transitioning its research findings into policy and actions, and how it is working with government and industry to address the challenging conditions faced by the sector in delivering innovative water solutions – and creating more water sensitive cities and communities.

View Professor Wong’s TEDxCanberra presentation here.

Contact for more information or to register.

We want your feedback! 

We would appreciate any feedback from members on the following UDIA submissions to

Housing and homelessness report released

The first parts of the Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services (ROGS) has been released, including a section on Housing and Homelessness which specifically addresses social housing services, specialist homelessness services and financial assistance. The report found that total recurrent expenditure for social housing and specialist homelessness services was $4.7 billion in 2016-17. According the report, drivers of housing instability and homelessness include market factors affecting housing affordability and household factors such as adverse personal, social and economic circumstances.  More information here

Environment and Water Resource Awards

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) has presented four staff with Australia Day Achievement Medallions to recognise their outstanding achievements in environment and water resource management.  Australia Day Achievement Medallion recipients are selected by their employer as part of a national program run by the Australia Day Council.

This year’s winners include Sarah McEvoy, Executive Director Strategic Policy and Programs; Ken Raine, Senior Manager Pollution Response; Simon Rodgers, Supervising Engineer Floodplain Management; and Peter Taylor, Senior Manager Air Quality Services.

Raise your profile & build your brand in the WA Development Industry; 2018 Sponsorship Opportunities with UDIA WA

With a new President, a revised business plan and a refreshed team, UDIA WA has an exciting future and we are gearing up to deliver exceptional member value into 2018 and beyond!

We are proud to present here a refreshed sponsorship offering to our members. We’ve worked hard to ensure the sponsorship options cover a range of investment levels, presenting everyone with an opportunity to get involved.

Whether you seek an annual partnership that offers extensive engagement, simple brand awareness through a one off sponsorship, or advertising options to get your key messages out into the market; we’re confident you’ll find an option that will meet your needs. Terms can be negotiated to round out the 2017/2018 financial year, or to tie in with the new 2018 calendar year. Just let us know what works for you, and we can tailor a solution to deliver the outcomes required!

Should you have any questions or require additional information to assist with your considerations, or wish to discuss packaging options that meet your budget & will complement your marketing strategies, please contact Erin Meikle (Director Commercial & Member services) at UDIA – 08 9215 3409 or

Download the 2018 Sponsorship prospectus here