Council calls for input

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 09-Nov-2017

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LOCAL developers are being encouraged to provide advice to council on how to incorporate environmentally sustainable design principles into new residential and commercial subdivisions.

The City of Greater Bendigo, along with seven other regional councils, is part of a study to define best-practice environmentally sustainable design for subdivisions across the participating council areas.

The study will look at ways of improving subdivision design and construction techniques to provide the best opportunity for new homes to be energy and water efficient (and therefore have lower running costs) as well as comfortable and safe to live in.

This study includes a cost benefit analysis to ensure environmentally sustainable design principles promote housing affordability and do not financially disadvantage developers.

The city has also adopted a revised sustainable buildings policy to increase the sustainable design credentials of the city’s new building projects and is trialling free, no obligation sustainable design assessments for selected planning permit applications.

Strategy and growth director Bernie O’Sullivan said incorporating good design principles into a development could have many benefits.

“Environmental sustainable design should be considered at the very early stages of building homes, when land is subdivided,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

“As well as lower energy costs, good design can mean lower greenhouse gas emissions, increased biodiversity, more shade (which reduces the urban ‘heat island’ effect) and increased water efficiency.

“Ultimately the city would like to achieve more climate resilient neighbourhoods and provide future land owners with the best opportunity to construct the most efficient and environmentally sustainable home.”

The study has been funded by a $65,000 grant from the state government’s Collaborative Council Sustainability Fund Partnership Program.

A workshop for developers will be held at the Bendigo library on Tuesday, November 21, from 2pm to 4pm. To register your interest please email esd@bendigo.vic.gov.au

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Every year, members of the Bendigo division of the Real Estate Institute of Victoria donate their time to support the activities of the Returned and Services League in the lead up to one of the most sombre and important days on the organisation’s calendar.

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Each year on this day Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11 am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.  

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Mortgage Choice chief executive officer John Flavell labelled the decision unsurprising. 

“The latest data would suggest the Australian economy is performing relatively well at the moment,” he said. 

“Property price growth has started to slow across some markets, which is largely in line with expectations. At the same time, we are starting to see signs of improvement in consumer sentiment and business conditions, while unemployment remains low by historical standards.”

Regardless of a person’s individual circumstances, Mr Flavell said now was the right time for people to review their financial situation.

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