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The importance of quality urban development 10/06/2017

This week I thought readers may be interested in understanding more about the work of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA), the peak body for the urban development sector in Western Australia.

This week I thought readers may be interested in understanding more about the work of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA), the peak body for the urban development sector in Western Australia.

The Institute takes its role very seriously, recognising the importance of the industry in creating smart, sustainable and liveable communities and cities for current and future generations. Urban development is a fundamental part of our everyday lives, shaping the way we live and interact within our communities. Our urban environment not only consists of the homes we live in, it also includes the essential infrastructure such as roads, footpaths, water and electricity services, public transport, public open spaces and recreational places that we utilise daily.

That is why it’s critical that an organisation such as UDIA exists, to ensure that the development industry is able to achieve the best it can for existing and new residents, as well as the surrounding community. UDIA aims to work collaboratively with all levels of government and other relevant bodies to foster a policy and regulatory framework that facilitates delivery of world’s best practice right here in WA, achieving responsible, ethical and environmentally sustainable urban development.

Along with the holy grail of a consistent and streamlined planning and approvals process, which enables land, homes and infrastructure to be delivered as affordably and efficiently as possible, we also seek a policy environment that supports innovation and the introduction of new designs, materials and housing types. We invest in research and information to enable the industry to keep abreast of international trends and new ideas so that they can continually evolve and improve. This is critical given the changing demographics and expectations of buyers about how and where they want to live, work and play.

We also provide a range of educational and professional development opportunities to keep industry and government stakeholders informed about the latest practices, technologies and research from around the world.

And finally, we seek to achieve a more positive understanding in the community about the value of urban development and the social and economic benefits that come with good development.

It is critical that we all continue to learn, improve and advocate for excellence and innovation in the roll out of new and regenerated communities so that we can achieve affordable, sustainable and enjoyable places to live now, and into the future.

More information: udiawa.com.au.

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