The Parliament of New South Wales yesterday acknowledged the importance of the Sydney Architecture Festival and the value of good urban design and architecture to the state of NSW.

The motion moved by the Hon. Shayne Mallard MLC a Liberal member of the NSW Upper House congratulated the festival organisers, directors and sponsors including University Technology Sydney, the NSW Architects Registration Board and the Australian Institute of Architects, and noted the role that the Sydney Architecture Festival has in ‘enabling the community to participate in and enjoy the history and architecture of Sydney.’

Led by Mr Mallard, several parliamentarians from across the political spectrum spoke at length about the intrinsic value of architecture to the state, and the centrality of architecture and architects to good governance.

Mr Mallard said in his speech to the chamber that ‘government should not let go of the leadership role it plays in the championing of good public design,’

He argued that governments should focus on being ‘the expert client, commissioning and enabling design excellence’.

The Sydney Architecture Festival was held from the 2nd till the 5th of October last year at the newly constructed ‘Goods Line’ in Ultimo. The festival was directed by local architects and planners Lucy Humphrey, Claire McCaughan and John O’Callaghan.

In his right-of-reply, Mr Mallard also noted that it was probably the first time in many years that the New South Wales Parliament had directly discussed the significance of public architecture to the state.

You can read his speech, and others in Parliamentary Hansard by clicking the link below.