Home' Facility Perspectives : Vol 11 No 2 Contents The New South Wales Government announced that SGCH was
awarded a contract to build 300 new dwellings under the first phase
of the new Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF).
CEFC Community and Affordable Housing lead, Victoria Adams
said in a recent media release that ‘[the] CEFC’s finance creates
an opportunity for SGCH to build sustainably for the future, with
energy efficiency and livability benefits designed into the homes
‘The marginal additional cost of the energy efficiency investment
will have long-term and ongoing benefits for the tenants, particularly
through lower energy bills,’ Adams said.
The full media release can be found on the CEFC website:
Creating a mentally healthy small business
At first, it may not be obvious how the pressure of running a business
will affect a person’s mental health. Understanding this can help a
business owner to identify early on when additional assistance is
needed to keep functioning at an optimum level.
When we talk about mental health in the workplace, we are
looking at how the business environment affects us – either positively
or negatively – as well as the effect our mental health has on our
ability to do our jobs.
Thinking about creating a mentally healthy workplace is just as
important as thinking about your approach to marketing or finance.
What will you do to ensure that you and your team develop a level of
resilience that you can draw upon when needed? Taking a proactive
approach to mental health in your workplace is a great investment
for everyone who is involved in the business, and everyone has a role
to play, both in looking after their own mental health and creating a
mentally healthy workplace.
To read more about mental health in the workplace, please
visit the VSBC website: www.vsbc.vic.gov.au/creating-a-
Performance framework for Australia’s major cities
The federal government is building a National Cities Performance
Framework to measure improvements in Australia’s largest cities.
Addressing the inaugural Cities Reference Group meeting in Sydney
on 26 April, Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation the
Hon. Angus Taylor MP invited industry leaders, researchers and non-
government organisations to help develop the framework.
The framework will include a number of internationally comparable
indicators, which will allow Australians to track the progress of their
city against global competitors.
The Performance Framework will link to the Australian
Government’s National Map, using the powerful open data tool to
provide new insights into Australia’s economic geography.
You can find the full media release here:
Sunshine Plaza in Maroochydore is set to undergo a major
Sunshine Plaza has been taken up for redevelopment by multinational
property and infrastructure company Lendlease.
Upon completion, customers will see 34,000 square metres of
additional retail space. Construction works are progressing well,
with more than 200 construction personnel on site daily, with key
activities including the new Kmart multi-level car park, additional
two-level Myer rooftop parking, a new Myer loading dock and
various in-ground services.
Lendlease has engaged global architecture, planning and design
firm CallisonRTKL, which specialises in the design of world-class
shopping and entertainment precincts. The centre’s design is inspired
by extensive consumer research, and represents the guest experience
of locals and tourists alike.
The transformation of the centre is due for completion prior to
For more information, please visit:
A new report on the cost of investing in gas has been
Investing in more gas will lock in high electricity prices and
pollution for decades to come. The Climate Council’s new report,
‘Pollution and Price: The cost of investing in gas’, shows that
tackling climate change and protecting Australians from worsening
extreme weather requires our electricity system to produce zero
emissions before 2050.
Gas is not sufficiently less polluting than coal to garner any climate
benefit. Furthermore, greater reliance on gas will drive higher power
prices, while renewable energy can provide a secure, affordable
alternative to new fossil fuels.
To download the report, please visit the Climate Council
Green Star and Living Building Challenge partner to
streamline dual certification
The ‘Green Star – Design & As Built/Living Building Challenge 3.1’
report is now available for download.
The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and the
International Living Future Institute (IFLI) have released a new
guidance document to streamline certification efforts for projects
pursuing both Green Star and Living Building Challenge ratings.
This guidance document compares and aligns the Green Star and
Living Building Challenge rating systems. This document supports
building owners looking to boost the sustainability of their assets and
support positive, regenerative approaches to buildings.
This follows a commitment by the two organisations in 2016
to work collaboratively to promote the design, construction and
operations of positive and restorative buildings in Australia.
Please visit the GBCA’s website:
Help to create a new national sustainability rating for
You’re invited to participate in a data collection survey to
facilitate the creation of a new national sustainability rating for
The National Australian Built Environment Rating System
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