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The property industry pays tribute to Peter Barda, the Property Council’s CEO from 1986 to 1992, who passed away last week.   

In sad news, industry stalwart Peter Barda passed away last week. Barda was appointed national director of the Building Owners and Managers Association in 1986, taking the reins from Ray Powys. Barda strengthened BOMA’s advocacy arsenal, hiring a team of talented researchers that included distinguished future leaders including prime minister Scott Morrison and Barda’s eventual successor as CEO, Peter Verwer AO. Barda left the Property Council after being hand-picked to lead the federal government’s newly formed Construction Industry Development Agency. Following this he ran the NSW Master Builders Association, and held a range of directorships and consultancy roles, before leading the Australian Construction Industry Forum. Current CEO Ken Morrison says Barda “professionalised our organisation, was held in very high regard across the industry and was known for being a kind and generous-hearted man who always had a deep attachment to this organisation and our industry”. To learn more about Peter Barda’s legacy, download the Property Council’s 50th anniversary video. 

The Western Australian government has appointed Perth architect Rebecca Moore has its new government architect and chair of the State Design Review Panel. Announcing the appointment, the state’s planning minister Rita Saffioti noted that Moore’s experience as a mediator and member of the State Administrative Tribunal will enable her to provide clear guidance and design advice, early in the planning of major projects to ensure a high quality of built outcomes”. The WA Government expects up to 90 development proposals will require design review in the next 18 months as part of the new approvals pathway for significant developments, in addition to the continued rollout of METRONET and major transport infrastructure projects. 

Dr Viv Heslop has joined Edge Environment as its head of built environment and sustainability implementation, based in Melbourne. head of resilience and strategy with Auckland Council, and led the Women4Climate program lead in that city. 

After 13 years with Lendlease, the last eight as a sustainability manager, Matt Williams has joined LCI Consultants as principal of the sustainability teamThe building services consultancy will be working on Atlassian’s new headquarters near Sydney’s Central Station, and Williams will be response for the project’s environmental ratings and other sustainability initiatives.