The Chapter continued to work closely with government, industry and community groups. Chapter representatives have been actively involved in the Central City Planning Project Focus Group, Lands Acquisition Tribunal, Building Appeals Board, Building Advisory Committee, NT Architects Registration Board, Alice in Ten Built Environment Committee, the Building Practitioners Board and the Chief Ministers Business Roundtable Meetings.
Further advocacy was achieved through comments and submissions on energy efficiency requirements, footpath policy, walkway policy, government-funded architectural competitions and indigenous housing.
Presentations to government creating positive influence were achieved by way of an Architectural Bus Tour, organised for the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure with key Chapter Councillors and respected local architects. This offered an opportunity for frank interaction and discussion. Similarly, an Urban Design Forum was organised for more than 40 government officials with influence on urban design, which was presented by Professor Rob Adams from the City of Melbourne. Both events created much discussion among local and Territory government representatives.
Events and Awards
Architecture Week was well attended by the public. Events included the RAIA Gold Medal Winner Exhibition held at the National Trust Burnett House, and a presentation by Bud Branigan in Alice Springs and the former Wesleyan Church in the Botanical Gardens in Darwin.
Congratulations to the RAIA members who submitted projects for the 2005 Northern Territory Architecture Awards. Thank you to the jurors Kerry Clare, John Wilkins and Ann Stephens for their invaluable contribution and commitment.
The Chapter greatly appreciated the support of General Roofing Products, Cerbis, Northern Territory Government Department of Planning and Infrastructure, Territory Housing - Department of Community Development, Sport and Cultural Affairs, Darwin City Council, Tarkett and Bluescope Steel.
NT Chapter Councillors
In 2005, Chapter Councillors were: Ross Tonkin - President; Steven Huntingford - Immediate Past President; Ross Connolly, Charmaine Enthaler, Richard Layton, Greg McNamara, Brendan Meney, Jo Rees, Geoff Samuels, Simon Scally, Geoffrey Wells, Lena Yali, Jessica Fillmore ( SONA Representative).