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Queensland’s peak architecture body urges public & private sector to get projects ‘shovel ready’

The Australian Institute of Architects (Queensland Chapter) has launched the Shovel Ready Campaign. 

Shovel Ready calls upon the Queensland Government, local governments, universities, schools and developers to accelerate the first stages of all Queensland building and construction programs.

The Campaign will help mitigate potential delays of up to two years to building project timelines affected by COVID-19. Shovel Ready encourages the urgent progress of feasibility studies, master planning, concept design, documentation and development approvals.

Australian Institute of Architects’ Queensland Chapter President Dr Michael Lavery says now is the time to get projects ‘shovel ready’. 

“Like all industries, the Queensland architecture industry is suffering from the dire effects of coronavirus. Moreover, any interruption to the supply chain of new projects will not only cause large numbers of Queensland’s architectural businesses to close their doors, but equally as many allied sub-consultants, trades and industry suppliers,” Dr Lavery says.

“Now is not the time to put Queensland projects already in the pipeline on hold.”

Failure to fast track public and private projects will have a disastrous impact on Queensland’s building and construction supply chain. 

The Australian Institute of Architects (Queensland Chapter) has formally written to the State Government, local Council Mayors, Queensland university Vice-Chancellors, select independent school Principals and developers encouraging them to get their building projects shovel ready.

Request your Shovel Ready Graphics

We’ve created a Shovel Ready Campaign to drive this message, but we’d love your help.

To show your support to your fellow architects, share our message on social media and highlight it in your email signature block. To access these ready-to-use graphics, click here.

Example letter

Read an example letter sent to the Queensland Premier, The Honourable Annastacia Palasczuk MP here. A similar letter was sent to all Council Mayors, Queensland university Vice-Chancellors, select independent school Principals and developers encouraging them to get their building projects shovel ready.

 

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