The Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA WA) presented several individual awards at their gala Awards for Excellence event on Saturday night, paying tribute to industry stalwarts and emerging leaders for their significant contribution to the urban development industry.


WINNER:  Tiffany Allen, Director, Community Construction and Development, Department of Communities

“The UDIA WA Frasers Property Women in Leadership Award recognises outstanding women working in the WA property industry and their achievements and contribution to the industry,” UDIA WA CEO Tanya Steinbeck said.

“As this year’s winner, Tiffany Allen has been recognised by the judging panel as a team leader with a proven track record in senior management and mentoring roles,” Ms Steinbeck said.

Tiffany currently holds the position of Director, Community Construction and Development at the Department of Communities, managing a significant portfolio of responsibilities.

“Tiffany has established herself as a confident, strategically minded role model who is focused on achieving excellent results for the agency and her team,” Ms Steinbeck said.  “Her passion and commitment to the industry was evident during the award application and interview process.”

Ms Allen has delivered many significant projects for the agency, including in regions such as the Pilbara, that have posed challenges, however the final outcomes have achieved a great legacy for local communities.

Tiffany is also a champion for diversity and inclusion in her role, advocating for a social mix in housing tenure to support diverse communities.

She has also presented at forums about work-life integration and initiated a ‘women in senior leadership’ group to support and share ideas.


WINNER:  Daniel Panickar, State Manager and Bushfire Lead – WA, Eco Logical Australia

“Our Young Development Professional Award celebrates and encourages the future leaders of our industry,” Ms Steinbeck said. “For over a decade the award has recognised excellence in the next generation of development industry professionals and promoted dedicated young professionals with the drive to succeed.”

“Daniel impressed the judging panel with his knowledge and enthusiasm about the development industry. He works across the land development industry for a range of clients in several regions to deliver long term environmental and bushfire solutions,” Ms Steinbeck said.

“Daniel’s career has progressed rapidly since graduating with Honours in 2011, taking on management roles within ecological and bushfire management service sectors,” Ms Steinbeck said.

“Daniel also volunteers significant time to progressing industry issues and is an active member of the UDIA WA Outlook Committee, delivering presentations to students on career and development opportunities,” Ms Steinbeck said. “He is already a fantastic ambassador for young people in the industry.”


Eric Lumsden

“Eric Lumsden has had a long and distinguished career in local and state government as well as a long-term association with UDIA in Western Australia,” Ms Steinbeck said.

“Eric was formally appointed Western Australian Planning Commission Chair in 2013, following six years as the Director General for the Department for Planning and Infrastructure,” Ms Steinbeck said.

He was previously CEO of the City of Melville and the City of Swan and has been a leading planning professional for over 45 years.  Eric most recently served as a City of Perth Commissioner.

“There is no doubt that Eric has played a significant role in the planning and development of WA and we are so pleased to be able to acknowledge him for his service,” Ms Steinbeck said.


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