2 & 3 August 2012
In August 2012 GANA met in the Chan Building in Darwin with representation from 5 different states.
Peter Poulet (NSW), Helen Lochhead (NSW), Peter Mould (NSW), Steve Thorne (NT), Robert Foote (NT), Ben Hewett (SA), Geoffrey London (VIC), Steve Woodland (WA), Melinda Payne (WA)
Robin Mellon from Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA)
Update from States:
New South Wales:
Peter Poulet appointed New South Wales Government Architect.
Steve Thorne commenced works as UDAP chairperson in 2010. UDAP meets every 5-6 weeks.
Ben Hewett provided update on South Australia’s Design Review Program. State Government, through the Development Assessment Commission (DAC), has taken development approvals away from Council for developments in the city and for projects of $10 million or more in value. The Government Architect’s position has been made a “Mandatory Referral Body” to DAC, who ‘must have regard’ to the advice (formed with support from the Capital City Design Review Panel).
Geoffrey London advised the Victorian Government supported the ‘Research & Education – Infill Housing Study’ through Monash University and Melbourne University. Additional case study to be developed.
The role of GANA was defined and it was agreed that GANA endorsement of members’ State based policies, programs or projects to be given when:
- National significance
- Cultural/social significance
- Rigorous research
Robin Mellon presented to GANA on the primary goals of the GBCA. Discussion of the relationship of Government Architect led design review and GBCA requirements.