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South Australia to secure a sustainable future

South Australia is set to secure a sustainable future for two landmark urban redevelopment projects, with the State Government committing to achieve Green Star – Communities ratings for the Tonsley and Bowden redevelopments.

“The South Australian Government is the first in Australia to seek Green Star – Communities ratings for two renewal projects.  We are excited to be working together to realise the vision for communities that meet world-leading social, economic and environmental benchmarks,” says the Chief Executive of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), Romilly Madew.

Green Star – Communities is an independent, national rating tool developed by the GBCA to support the design and delivery of more sustainable, productive, resilient and liveable communities.

Tonsley, the former Mitsubishi site in Adelaide, is being redeveloped as a high-value, collaborative manufacturing centre, which will bring together industry, education and retail activity, as well as homes for 1,500 residents.

Bowden is a mixed-use medium density redevelopment in Adelaide, which will include more than 2,400 dwellings.  The community will eventually be home to 3,500 people.  As well as committing to a Green Star – Communities rating, Bowden is targeting a 5 Star Green Star rating or higher for each and every residential building within the development.

Both Tonsley and Bowden will be assessed against the Green Star – Communities best practice benchmarks for liveability, prosperity, environmental sustainability, design excellence, governance and innovation.

Minister for Housing and Urban Development, the Hon. Tom Koutsantonis, says that Green Star – Communities reflects the South Australian Government’s commitment to urban renewal which is sustainable, connected, affordable, inclusive and healthy.

“Bowden and Tonsley represent flagship developments for the South Australian Government’s 30 year plan for Greater Adelaide to deliver more efficient, economical and sustainable urban form through innovative design excellence, engagement and partnership,” he says.

“Renewal SA was a sponsor of the Green Star – Communities development process, and the South Australian Government has already achieved a number of ‘firsts’, including the first Green Star-certified healthcare facility.  We congratulate the South Australian Government for its ongoing leadership in adopting nationally recognised sustainability benchmarks,” Ms Madew concludes.

About Renewal SA

Renewal SA has been charged with leading urban renewal activities on behalf of the South Australian Government, including key priorities around increasing the supply and diversity of affordable housing and accelerating the renewal of social housing stock to improve the quality of housing and fostering diverse, sustainable and inclusive communities.  These functions are levers to boost economic activity in this State and to create jobs within the construction and associated industries.