2 December 2013 — Cameron Shephard has been elected the new national president of the Urban Development Institute of Australia, the peak body representing Australia’s development industry, taking over from Julie Katz.

Mr Shephard is a director of Perth-based development firm Amex Corporation, and comes to the role with extensive development industry experience in a number of states.

He has served on both the UDIA Western Australian and National Councils for an number of years, and was recently UDIA Western Australian President and UDIA National Vice President.

UDIA has said that under Mr Shephard’s leadership, the body will work to address Australia’s housing affordability crisis by “advocating for state and federal governments to take actions to improve the supply of land for housing, fund more investment in critical urban infrastructure and reduce unfair and unnecessary costs imposed on new housing and the development industry”.

“For a number of years Australia has experienced a significant and ongoing shortage of affordable housing, which is likely to get worse with inaction,” said Mr Shephard. “I intend to use my term as UDIA President to work with the Federal Government to drive a national housing reform agenda, to address this critical issue.

The members of the newly elected UDIA National Executive are:

  • National President – Cameron Shephard
  • Vice-President – Michael Corcoran
  • Vice-President – Stuart Moseley
  • Treasurer – Brent Hailey
  • Secretary – Ian Marker
  • Immediate Past-President – Julie Katz