The strategic arm of the Government Architect’s office in New South Wales has transferred to the state’s Department of Planning and Environment.
Secretary Carolyn McNally said the Department already worked closely with the Government Architect on several projects and combining both made sense.
The transfer takes place as the Government Architect, Australia’s oldest continuing role, marks its 200-year anniversary in 2016.
“This is an exciting time for the Department, and this transfer only adds to the expertise of the Department of Planning and Environment,” McNally said.
“An unprecedented program of renewal and planning for the future of NSW towns and cities is under way, and the Government Architect’s office will bring an enormous amount of expertise to the planning table.”
NSW Government Architect, Peter Poulet, is eager to help create a vibrant state while maintaining his role as an independent thought leader.
“It makes sense that my office’s expertise is used to help plan well-designed communities by working with the Department,” Poulet said.
“Liveability will be NSW’s continuing competitive advantage and attraction in the decades ahead. We’ll work together to contribute to the state and our city’s ability to foster innovation, develop thriving communities and attract investment and skills from across the world.”