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Currambine Community Centre design gets green building tick of approval

The $4 million Currambine Community Centre has received the Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA’s) tick of approval for environmentally and financially sustainable design.

The City of Joondalup is the first local government in West Australia to achieve a 4 Star Green Star – Public Building PILOT rating, signifying ‘Best Practice’, from the GBCA.

The Currambine Community Centre’s design includes a range of environmentally efficient features, including rainwater harvesting, photovoltaic panels, passive solar design, energy-efficient lighting and low water consumption appliances.

Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard says the prestigious award demonstrates the City’s commitment to setting the benchmarks for local government in West Australia when it comes to environmental sustainability practices.

“Wherever practicable, the City improves the eco-efficiency of its buildings and facilities by implementing environmentally sustainable design principles into the construction, renovation and retrofitting of all building assets,” he says.

“Making small changes within our control is how we can make a measurable contribution to preserving and enhancing our local environment. It’s doing what we can locally to be part of the response to a global issue like environmental sustainability,” Mayor Pickard says.

The Currambine Community Centre is expected to be completed by October. It will combine a youth centre, playgroup for small children and parents, an activities room for fitness classes, and a main hall for functions. 

“We congratulate the City of Joondalup both for showing true leadership in using the Green Star – Public Building rating tool and for its commitment to better long-term financial and environmental outcomes,” GBCA Chief Executive Romilly Madew says.

“Green Star-rated buildings like the Currambine Community Centre are designed for higher levels of energy and water efficiency, so they are cheaper to operate and can save local governments – and rate payers – thousands of dollars each year in energy and water bills.

“This Green Star rating provides the community of Joondalup with independent verification that their new building will save money, reduce consumption of precious resources, and provide a healthy, productive space for the community to enjoy,” Ms Madew concludes.

About the City of Joondalup

The City of Joondalup covers an area of 98.9 square kilometres with a population of about 161,000 people and has become a self-sustainable CBD for the north-west region of Perth’s metropolitan area. The City maintains more than 300 passive and active parks and reserves. More than 50 per cent of its population were born overseas.  The Joondalup City Centre is located 25 minutes north of Perth. More than $1 billion worth of development is currently being undertaken in the City Centre.  Joondalup recently became the first local government in metropolitan Perth to launch a Digital Strategy.