Thursday, February 26, 2009

More news from Down Under

Remember that post from last week about how the AIA had released pro bono guidelines for architects? Well, it turns out architects in Australia are offering their services on an initial pro bono basis to local councils for projects worth more than $1 billion under a partnership between the Australian Local Government Association and the Australian Institute of Architects.

According to a release posted on, the projects are for the construction of community facilities such as sports grounds, libraries, sports centers, and town halls. A total of $500 million will be allocated to councils under the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program, which is a key part of the federal government's stimulus packages. Additional expenditure is expected to be contributed by councils.

In announcing the partnership, both ALGA and Australian Institute of Architects officials said architects could help councils, particularly small and under-resourced councils, ensure that projects are submitted by the March 6 deadline.

The Australian Federal Government will give preference to projects that can be commenced within six months of signing a funding agreement and which can be substantially completed by the end of next year.

No word in the press release about "shovel ready" projects, by the way.


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