'Green Star Communities' shines brighter with state government support

The proposed Green Star - Communities rating tool is set to become a voluntary national standard.

Every state and territory Government Land Organisation (GLO) in Australia has agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will support the development of the Green Building Council of Australia's (GBCA's) rating tool for sustainable communities.

According to the GBCA's Chief Executive, Romilly Madew, this agreement confirms Green Star - Communities as a project of national significance.

"This joint sponsorship initiative is a strong sign of national leadership and commitment to a unified approach to the development of sustainable communities," Ms Madew says.

"Many of these GLOs have already spent considerable time and money developing tools to assess the sustainability of their own projects. These tools, research and practical experiences will be invaluable as we work together to develop a truly national set of best practice benchmarks for the planning, design and delivery of sustainable community projects across Australia."

Ms Madew says that the proposed rating tool has been scoped in close consultation with government and industry and its key characteristics have been documented in the Green Star - Communities draft tool scoping paper, which was released earlier this week.

Every GLO in Australia has agreed to the MoU and will participate in the tool development. The GLOs are: Landcom (NSW); Landcorp (WA); VicUrban (VIC); Land Management Corporation (SA); Land Development Agency (ACT); Urban Land Development Authority (QLD); Hunter Development Corporation (NSW) and Land Development Corporation (NT).

Pru Sanderson, Chief Executive Officer of VicUrban says: "The joint initiative of the GLOs in this sponsorship of the Green Star Communities tool demonstrates a commitment to national leadership, working together in collaboration with industry.

Ross Holt, Chief Executive of LandCorp (WA) agrees, saying: "This collaboration will ultimately result in a tool capable of setting a new national development standard - a standard to ensure what we develop today has a lasting and positive impact for all Australians."

Wayne Gibbings, Chief Executive of Land Management Corporation (SA) says: "The Green Star Communities Tool will be a valuable resource to ensure future developments are better connected with walking and cycling routes to transport hubs, community facilities and services. At the same time, these better connections will reduce our use of energy and water and will cut greenhouse gas emissions."

"We are confident that the Green Star - Communities rating tool will shape the sustainability, liveability and prosperity of our existing and future communities. This new agreement will bring us one step closer to delivering more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable communities for the people of Australia," Romilly Madew concludes.

Download the Green Star - Communities National Framework.

About Green Star Communities

The Green Star Communities project is being led by the GBCA in conjunction with partner, VicUrban, and supported by principal project sponsor, Rock Development Group, together with other sponsors Grocon, Brisbane City Council, Barangaroo Delivery Authority, Lend Lease, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Brookfield Multiplex, Stockland, Sustainability Victoria, University of Melbourne, Mirvac, Aurecon, Bluescope Steel and City of Sydney.