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New government a chance for Queensland to reclaim its reputation as a sustainable state

The new Queensland Government is poised to reset the state’s sustainability agenda and deliver buildings and communities that are healthy, productive and efficient, says the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

“We congratulate the Palaszczuk Government on the outcome of the election, and look forward to working collaboratively to restore Queensland’s reputation as a ‘sustainable state’,” says the GBCA’s Chief Executive Officer, Romilly Madew.

“In the lead-up to the Queensland election, the Labor Party advised us that any government it formed would ‘commit to working towards achieving Green Star ratings for government-owned buildings’ and would audit Queensland Government accommodation to determine ‘where the best value for money improvements can be made’.  The Labor Party has also committed to work with industry to encourage the uptake of sustainability practices.

“Many of Queensland’s great strides forward in recent years have been the result of private sector vision and investment, and we acknowledge the achievements of our member companies, and of projects such as Brisbane Airport, which achieved the first Green Star – Communities rating last year.

“We are delighted that the Palaszczuk Government is keen to review, refine and reinstate policies that support more sustainable building practices, and we will be pushing for the reintroduction of ‘green door’ policies and incentives,” Ms Madew says.

A survey conducted last year found that 98 per cent of Queenslanders believe it is important for the state’s hospitals to be efficient, healthy and cost effective, and 96 per cent believe the same for schools.  Eighty-eight per cent of Queenslanders think it is important that children learn in green schools and for healthcare facilities to be green.

“The leadership demonstrated by the former Labor Government in Queensland resulted in seven Green Star-rated schools.  Similarly, two hospitals – Weipa Integrated Health Services and the Sunshine Coast University Hospital project – have been influenced by Green Star.  We are keen to collaborate with the new government to reinvigorate this commitment to healthy, productive, efficient and resilient learning and healthcare facilities across the state.

“We believe policies and programs that support sustainability can strengthen Queensland’s property and construction industry and improve the efficiency, productivity and long-term sustainability of our buildings, communities and cities. 

“We look forward to working with the Palaszczuk Government to build a better, greener future for the people of Queensland,” Ms Madew concludes.