First meeting of the Official Residences Advisory Committee (ORAC)

First meeting of the Official Residences Advisory Committee (ORAC)

Friday, 15 September 2017

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Four men and two women stand shoulder to shoulder on a gravel driveway in front of large yellow house with trees in the background and to their left.

As part of our role to support the Prime Minister, we manage the Prime Minister’s two official residences, The Lodge in Canberra and Kirribilli House in Sydney.

The Prime Minister recently announced the establishment of the Official Residences Advisory Committee (ORAC) to guide the Australian Government on how to conserve these two historically significant residences for future generations.

On 14 September 2017, ORAC held its inaugural meeting in Canberra.

The committee has significant experience in law, asset management, design and heritage.

The Committee members are:

David O’Donnell (Chair): a lawyer with over 40 years’ experience in environmental and planning law, large infrastructure projects, heritage law and commercial property.

Michael Bryce AM AE: an architect and designer acknowledged for his distinguished work in graphic, urban and environmental design.

Angela Marshall: an interior designer who is a member and former Councillor of the Australiana Fund.

Malcolm Middleton OAM: the Queensland Government Architect who has undertaken significant work with historical buildings and urban design and master planning.

Susan Rothwell: an architect and horticulturalist.

Peter Watts AM: an architect, landscape architect and founding Director of the Historic Houses Trust NSW.

In addition, a nominee from the Australian Institute of Architects will shortly join the Committee to further enhance the Committee’s experience and skills.