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Melbourne based landscape architects and Landscaping Victoria member Australian Quality Landscape Landscape Design in conjunction with Sinatra Murphy Landscape Architects have been commissioned to design and build the Vietnam Veterans’ Commemorative Service Wall in Seymour Victoria.
Working with the Vietnam Veterans Association and Mitchell Shire Council, this exciting project is being developed through a series of work shops with the veterans commemorative wall committee. The Veteran’s story will be presented on 106 glass panels 83 metres long that includes over 60,000 names of those who served plus images and timelines. The wall is anticipated to be completed this month and officially opened in March 2013.
Robert Boyle Landscapes’ Ivanhoe project was the big winner at this year’s Victorian Landscape Awards winning the prestigious Landscape of the Year plus the Landscape Design over 150m2 Award, Plants in the Landscape Award and Residential Landscape Construction over $300,000.
Judges felt that this project, set on a large riverfront property in Ivanhoe exemplified every outstanding quality of a professional landscape and one that the industry can be proud of as the industry’s top award winner.
For all the winners and more details on this project go to www.landscapingvictoria.com.au
Landscaping Victoria and NGIV have joined with the Sports Turf Association to form the Victorian Urban Green Alliance whose core mission is to influence green space policy to enhance the urban environment. This Alliance forms the start of an inclusive partnership with like minded groups to build a bigger stronger voice for issues that affect our industries and work on joint initiatives to promote the greater benefits of urban green space and our value to healthy living. The group will be looking to further partners to sign on to our core belief that “Green Space Delivers Healthy Living”. This is a great initiative that will benefit the broader horticulture industry in Victoria.
Judges announced the four finalists of the 2013 Plantmark MIFGS Student Design Competition this week. The four finalists Lee Bailey, Meg Geary, Renee Visentin and Peta Donaldson were shortlisted from a strong field of entries to have their designs constructed for the 2013 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. The theme for the competition was the Bush Fire Suburban Garden drawn from the CFA’s Landscaping for Bushfire Guide. Congratulations to all entrants and finalists.
I attended a stakeholders meeting of the 4 water retail authorities; South East Water, Yarra Valley Water, City West Water and Melbourne Water on Tuesday this week to hear more about a proposed draft Water and Demand Strategy that is being considered by the Victorian Government that will plan Melbourne’s water needs for the next 50 years. It is fantastic that such an initiative is taking place to secure our water needs well into the future. The draft strategy also acknowledges that water use is linked to liveability and that better water management strategies will ensure that gardens, parks and sporting grounds can be maintained under any future proposed water restrictions.
Landscaping Victoria will be exhibiting at Grand Designs Live in Melbourne 21 23 September at Melbourne Exhibition Centre, come along and see us and everything else at the show. Check it out at http://www.granddesignslive.com.au/location/melbourne.aspx
Member training yesterday on the basics of the Building Regulations and how they apply to landscape design and construction. This is something that everyone working in the industry should know and the public should be aware of – simple question “do I need a building permit?” If the answer is yes then you need to factor in time and some extra money for necessary reports such as an engineers report or a soil report. Run the risk of building a landscape without a permit and you could find it having to be demolished at your expense. And don’t believe the neighbours won’t dob you in! Particularly relevant when constructing decks, fences, pergolas and installing water tanks. Ask your landscaper – do I need a permit? are you licensed? Key questions to achieve a beautiful result!