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New WA Department for Communities a welcome step

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) welcomes the West Australian Government’s decision to establish a Department of Local Government and Communities.

West Australian Premier Colin Barnett announced changes to a range of government departments which he says will improve service delivery.  Among those is the establishment of a new Department of Local Government and Communities.

“We applaud the West Australian Government’s decision, which clearly prioritises the importance of communities in the state’s development and will help the government focus on long-term community-scale solutions,” says the GBCA’s Executive Director of Advocacy, Robin Mellon.

“Landcorp sponsored the development of the Green Star – Communities rating tool, which was released in June 2012, and the West Australian Government now has access to a method of measurement that can help deliver more sustainable, productive, resilient and liveable communities.

Green Star – Communities is an independent, national rating tool developed by the GBCA, which assesses projects against best practice benchmarks for liveability, prosperity, environmental sustainability, design excellence, governance and innovation.

“Green Star - Communities recognises the importance of economic prosperity, affordability, liveability, wellbeing and resilience alongside environmental issues.  We look forward to working with the new Department and Minister to ensure that West Australian communities can be healthy, efficient and productive places to live, work and prosper,” Mr Mellon concludes.