One of the Sunshine Coast’s leading town planners Andrew Stevens was elected as the new President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Sunshine Coast replacing outgoing President Carl Nancarrow at the branch’s AGM this morning.
Mr Stevens is a long time local and father of three children and is the managing director of Alexandra Headland based KHA Development Managers.
In 2011, Andrew became the youngest person in Queensland to receive a Fellow of the UDIA (Qld Chapter) and was also awarded Outstanding Business Person of the Year at the 2011 Sunshine Coast Excellence in Business awards.
“I am really excited to be taking on the role of President, I have thought long and hard about the major commitment involved but I feel it’s important that we build on the momentum created by our past two Presidents in Carl Nancarrow and Frazer Dean.
“As the past Vice President it’s been good to see what is required to undertake the role and it’s a great opportunity for me to extend my leadership skills to help guide the region’s peak industry body.
“As a committee we have done a lot of work to raise the issues of our members and the importance of kick starting the local economy and we are now on the cusp of some really exciting multi-billion dollar projects which are set to revitalise our region,” he said.
Mr Stevens said the UDIA would continue to work hard to be a strong voice for the branch’s local members.
“We are now in a position where construction of the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital and the relocation of the Horton Park Golf Club are underway so it’s important that where possible our members and other local businesses benefit from this investment.
“We also want to continue to foster a stronger relationship with all levels of Government as well as Council staff and other industry bodies. There is no doubt that this is an exciting time and if we all work together we can achieve so much for current and future generations,” he said.
AECOM’s Brook Kitson will serve as the new Vice President of the branch while Adam Morley remains Treasurer and Glen Cassidy is the Branch Secretary. Adrienne Smith continues in her role of Branch Manager.
The UDIA also presented a $2,700 cheque to the Branch’s 2012 charity Surf Lifesaving Sunshine Coast while Roy Henzell was officially recognised for his 20 year membership of the local UDIA Branch at this morning’s meeting.