End of Year Celebrations in WA
Our WA branch celebrated the end of the year with drinks at the rooftop bar of The Alex Hotel. We were delighted to be joined by a broad selection of our members from all scales of practice; our CEO Angelina Pillai; and the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Liza Harvey MLA and her Principal Policy Adviser, Dale Leggett.
In his speech, State President Malcolm Jones, spoke of an ‘interesting year’ marked by continuing issues with building quality and methods of procurement:
The ACA is advocating for the implementation of the recommendations made in the Shergold Weir Report. In WA, architects are required to be registered, undertake a program of regular professional development and maintain professional indemnity insurance. These standards are not demanded of all groups within the construction industry.
Our profession is uniquely placed to provide an independent oversight role – previously commonplace – but that has been eroded over the years by practices such as ‘design and construct’, the rise of project managers, risk-sharing and value-engineering as building owners and Government pursue the most cost-effective method of procurement.
In WA, we have the opportunity to lead the nation in reform of the industry and it is our job to persuade the Government of the very real benefits to the community.
Malcolm’s speech was very well received by our members in attendance, and his message was hopefully taken on board by our special guests.
Luke Catalano has done a fantastic job in capturing the relaxed atmosphere of the evening.
Photos: Luke Catalano