A change in the guard at Urban Taskforce

Urban Taskforce Chief Executive, Tom Forrest, today thanked Peter Daly for his leadership as Chair of the Urban Taskforce over the past 6 years and wished him well in his retirement.

“Peter Daly was a steady, experienced hand providing strategic guidance as Chair of the Urban Taskforce for 6 years. His initiatives to have the Taskforce present the positive aspects of what the top developers provide to our community including jobs, good design and sustainability will continue to be a guiding principle in the ongoing advocacy work of the Urban Taskforce.”

“Peter brought a wealth of property development experience from Stockland, having been both CEO and Chairman at the group. We have learnt a tremendous amount from him and he will be missed as Chairman. As we come to the end of my first year in the role as CEO, I know I am joined by all the members of the Urban Taskforce in saying thank you for your support, thank you for your leadership and thank you for sharing your wisdom with us.

“I wish Peter all the very best in his slower paced work-life ahead, enjoying more time with his family and grandchildren. The Urban Taskforce is a much better organisation as a result of Peter Daly’s leadership”, Mr Forrest said.

Mr Forrest has also welcomed the election today of Peter Spira AM as the incoming Chair of the Urban Taskforce.

“Peter Spira has been a loyal friend of the Urban Taskforce for many years. As General Manager of Meriton for over 30 years, Peter was on the Urban Taskforce Executive Committee and served as Deputy Chair until 2014. Peter comes with a wealth of experience in property development, construction, architecture, corporate governance and affordable housing”, Mr Forrest said.

“Like the economy generally, property developers have been set back by the Covid 19 recession in 2020. Peter Spira has a tremendous amount of experience navigating and leading a large organisation like Meriton through tough economic times. He saw Meriton through the early 90’s recession and the 2008 GFC. Peter is the right man to lead the Urban Taskforce during these uncertain times.

“I look forward to working with Peter Spira to get the best outcomes and policy settings for the property development industry during the tough economic times ahead,” Mr Forrest said.

The Urban Taskforce members elected three new Executive members at its AGM today:

Peter Spira, Consultant
Lang Walker, Walker Corporation
Garry Rothwell, Winten Property Group

Urban Taskforce Executive Committee Members (ongoing) are:

David Ghannoum, Multiplex (Deputy Chair)
Allen Linz, Rebel Property Group (Deputy Chair)
David Tanevski. KWC (Hon Secretary Treasurer)
John Carfi, Aqualand
Matthew Lennartz, Meriton
Kevin Nassif, Holdmark
Richard Scheinberg, McDonald Industries

A copy of Peter Spira’s CV is below:


Peter Spira AM has over 40 years practical experience as an architect and construction practitioner in the design and construction of residential, retail and commercial property. He holds a B. Arch (UNSW) and has worked as an architect in design, building and development businesses.

For over 30 years, Peter managed development projects for the Meriton Group, and as General Manager, was responsible for the development, design and construction of over 50,000 residential and serviced apartments in Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. These projects often comprise mixed-use tenancies, including retail, commercial, service and community facilities, across a range of NCC building classifications.

Peter has extensive experience in navigating state building compliance systems, building codes and standards, product procurement chains, and the interface between planning, building, environmental, WHS, licensing and consumer protection legislation. He has traversed the transition from prescriptive to performance based building codes, the introduction of private certification, evolving planning/building assessment and approval frameworks, and emerging environmental and societal dynamics.

At a state government level, Peter’s role in managing the design and delivery of significant construction projects has meant frequent meetings with Ministers and advisors. His interaction with the local government sector extends across CBD, metropolitan and regional councils, and includes engagement with Councilors and senior planning, building and compliance officers.

He has pursued a keen interest in researching and developing new and innovative construction systems and techniques over many years, and in 2006, Peter was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) for his services to the development industry.

Peter holds a number of company directorships, has held positions on industry advisory committees and has provided regular industry advice to government agencies, including the Reserve Bank of Australia.

In 2014, Peter established Spira Consulting P/L and now provides professional services across the building design and construction industry.

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