A New Chapter in Tasmania
28 Aug 2023
Over 40 visitors heard Tasmanian Chair Matt Bilsborough report that a Memorandum of Understanding between the LEA Executive and the new Tasmanian Chapter was signed on 21 August 2023. This MoU was the final step on the journey to formally establish the Chapter. The momentum gained from events including the Hobart Summer Symposium in March which featured local members Bec Davis and Lewina Schrale has led to strong growth over the last year.
The site tour of the multiple award-winning early years facility at St Cuthberts Catholic School was also a great success. The school proudly showed their engaging new early years facility for which Morrison and Breytenbach Architects received a 2023 LEAD Award, followed by a Tasmanian Australian Institute of Architects Education Award. The quality of the design speaks to the skill and understanding of the architects in responding to the needs of young learners in a constrained location.
The Tasmanian Chapter expresses its gratitude for the support given by Marino Rossi, the outgoing LEA Regional Chair and Scott Alterator Chair of the Victorian Chapter. Over the last two years Marino and Scott made significant contributions to many Tasmanian events. The Chapter committees of Victoria and Tasmania will still collaborate, including a Tasmanian contribution to the 2024 AMPLIFY Annual Conference in Melbourne.
After a long Covid hiatus, in 2022 a few Hobart based members began meeting to plan new events. They shared a vision for a strong and sustainable group having a Tasmanian point of difference and creating local value for members. Beginning with coffee shop conversations in North Hobart, the committee now meets online with members representing all Tasmanian regions.
In 2005 the annual CEFPI Conference was held in Tasmania at Wrest Point. Our new Tasmanian Chapter is working hard to welcome us back.
Article By: Matt Bilsborough
Photography: Matt Bilsborough & Sam Abblitt