Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning

    Experts sought for WA State Design Review Panel

    28/11/2018 8:00 AM
    • Expressions of interest open for new design review panel
    • Design, architecture, planning and heritage experts encouraged to apply
    • Panel to enhance design quality of major WA developments 

    The McGowan Government is seeking qualified experts to join a new panel that will provide independent advice to improve the design of buildings and infrastructure projects.


    Suitably qualified built environment design experts can now apply to join the newly established Western Australian State Design Review Panel.


    The panel will help improve the design quality of major State, local, and private sector buildings and infrastructure projects.


    It will bring together a pool of about 40 professionals from a range of built environment disciplines including architecture, urban design, urban planning and landscape architecture.


    Chaired by the Government Architect, Geoff Warn, the panel will also be seeking specialists in sustainability, heritage, accessibility, public health and master planning.


    The initiative is part of the State Government's Design WA initiative that aims to put good design at the heart of all development and which includes a design review guide, updated residential design codes and a State planning policy to guide the development of the built environment. 


    Expressions of interest close on December 21, 2018. For more information, visit http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/sdrp.aspx


    Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "Notions of design quality extend beyond taste, style and appearance to encompass functionality, sustainability and local context.


    "We want developments that enhance the built environment and perform well for all users and the broader community.


    "The WA State Design Review Panel will play a crucial role in guiding our design future and ensuring that new developments deliver benefits for all Western Australians.


    "We have a wealth of talent in this area and I encourage anyone with suitable qualifications and skills to apply."


    Comments attributed to Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Planning John Carey MLA:


    "Good design is instrumental in ensuring that our built environment is functional, sustainable, flexible and environmentally responsible.


    "It will also help to progress a community dialogue on greater density and infill development that is needed to accommodate a significant population increase by 2050.


    "The panel will provide the community with the confidence that major development in existing suburbs can be done sensitively and in keeping with the location's amenity, heritage and context."


    Minister's office - 6552 5500