13 May 2003
The announcement by Dr David Kemp, Minister of the Environment and Heritage, of funding in the budget will ensure that the national Year of the Built Environment (YBE) will go ahead in 2004.
Welcoming the announcement, The Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) President, Mr David Parken said, ‘It is wonderful to see our proposition for a focus on the built environment being acknowledged and accepted by the Commonwealth Government.’
‘This Commonwealth support will enable the realisation of the principal aim of the Year of the Built Environment which is to foster community debate on the nature and quality of the built environment and the legacy the community wishes to leave for future generations,’ said Mr Parken.
He pointed out that the RAIA has obtained in principle support for the YBE from many other organisations with interests in the built environment, including the Master Builders Association, the Property Council, the Planning Institute and Local Government Associations.
‘The Western Australian Government has already committed to funding a secretariat and supporting activities in that State and will support a national secretariat together with the Commonwealth,’ said Mr. Parken.
‘The RAIA will be working closely with the Commonwealth and WA Governments on this exciting initiative to ensure that in 2004 as many Australians as possible celebrate the Year of the Built Environment with a programme of activities and events in which communities and governments recognise the opportunities for enhancing all aspects of the built environment,’ he said.
All enquiries concerning the 2004 Year of the Built Environment should be directed to national President-elect, Warren Kerr on 0409 103 452. ENDS
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