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17 October 2013

WA developments in sustainability first

  • Riverside

Two new Western Australian development projects will be the first in the State to be rated on their sustainability, productivity and livability by a national scheme.

Alkimos Beach in the northern suburbs and Waterbank in East Perth have been accepted for the Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA) Green Star Communities rating tool pilot. The independent tool will judge the State Government-led developments on sustainable planning criteria such as minimising energy and water consumption and reducing dependence on motor vehicles. It will also look at broader issues such as economic prosperity, livability and community health and wellbeing.

Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said he wanted to encourage sustainability in the property industry by promoting green programs, technologies, design practices and operations.

“Green Star certification is more than just a pat on the back for developers,” Mr Grylls said. “It demonstrates the State Government’s commitment to best practice in designing and delivering the communities of the future.” 

Waterbank is aiming for a 5-Star Green Star ‘Australian Excellence’ rating and Alkimos Beach is set to achieve a 6-Star rating. Alkimos Beach is a master-planned community that will ultimately be home to 15,000 residents. The first stage will take seven years to complete, delivering more than 2,000 homes. Waterbank is a $1b urban regeneration project adjacent to the Causeway in East Perth which will provide more than 600 residential apartments for 1,500 residents and up to 24,000sqm of commercial space.

Planning Minister John Day said Waterbank would be a prime destination for visitors. “Built on the riverfront, with a blend of entertainment, commercial, retail and residential uses - it will need to be sustainable, productive and livable,” Mr Day said.

Alkimos Beach is being led by LandCorp and Waterbank led by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, both in partnership with Lend Lease.

Find out more about the Green Star Communities rating tool.

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