Victorian Government has a responsibility to make Melbourne's new suburbs sustainable
bankmecu, the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) and Common Equity Housing Ltd (CEHL) are urging the Victorian Government to ensure that Melbourne’s six new suburbs are sustainable.
According to bankmecu Managing Director, Damien Walsh the Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy needs to act quickly to build sustainability into the new suburbs from the start.
“The Government has a responsibility to make sure that any new development on greenfield sites across Melbourne is sustainably designed and built.
“There are many experts who are ready and willing to lend their knowledge and experience to making Melbourne’s new suburbs resource efficient as well as conducive to a vibrant community life,” Mr Walsh said.
According to ATA’s CEO, Ian Porter the use of energy efficient design and construction in new homes in Victoria also makes economic sense.
“Sustainable design and construction assists households to reduce the cost of running their house and it also contributes to the development of new manufacturing industries in the state.
“Thinking about water efficiency, solar technology and storm water management up front in the design of the new suburbs will deliver benefits to the community who will come to live in them, as well as the environment in the years ahead,” said Mr Porter.
John McInerney, Managing Director of CEHL believes “planning for the sustainability of the six new suburbs includes thinking about the inclusion of affordable and co-operative housing that offer options to people who may not be able to afford individually owned property. “
bankmecu’s Managing Director, Damien Walsh is available for comment.
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