Nick Allingame steps up at UDIA
Broader stakeholder engagement and a solutions-focused approach to development challenges will be the hallmarks of Nick Allingame’s tenure as president of the state’s peak representative body for the urban development industry.
After nine years as a councillor at the Urban Development Institute of Australia WA, Pindan's director of developments was announced as the institute’s new head today, replacing Qube Property Group director and 40under40 winner Rhys Kelly.
Mr Allingame told Business News he had a big-picture vision to make a difference now, and for the future.
“I believe if there’s a problem there’s no point whinging about it if you’re not going to be part of finding a solution,” Mr Allingame said.
“The development industry is dedicated to designing and building the many urban and regional places that make Western Australia a great place to live. In order to continue to successfully deliver quality projects that suit the needs of current and future generations, we need the support of the community and all levels of government.
Mr Allingame has previously worked on the development of a range of residential, commercial and mixed-use projects as well as broadacre land subdivisions.
“I’ve had exposure to all parts of the industry so I think that will help me as president,” he said.
“I’ve got a good general understanding of all the different types of property development and how we can better integrate.
“Pindan has always been a builder, but over time has evolved.
“The industry has matured; there’s more coordination between developers and builders and there’s a greater focus on built-form development, which Pindan has traditionally done, so I can make a contribution there as the industry continues to transition.”
During his two-year term Mr Allingame said he hoped to progress the planning and taxation reforms needed to enable more efficient and cost-effective delivery of housing across the state.
“The industry understands that things are changing but in some ways the statutory framework we’re operating under doesn’t allow us that flexibility that the industry needs,” he said.
“Strata reform has been on the horizon for a long time, as has the planning framework, and the review of the R-codes (residential design codes) needs to be resolved.
“Further streamlining of the development approvals processes and finalising a framework for the forward planning and coordination of state infrastructure will create certainty for the industry and assist in WA’s economic recovery.”
Mr Allingame said the planning of MetroNet and its associated MetroHubs would be another priority for him, with UDIA keen to work with government to get the best outcomes for communities.
Source: Business News
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