GREEN GIGS: Geelong arts centre, Murray-Darling, Darwin and Geelong farming

Aerial photo of city centre of Geelong in Victoria, Australia
Geelong, Victoria

TENDERS AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES: Build an arts centre in Geelong and make it sustainable, beautiful, not iconic.

Expressions of interest are being taken for managing contractor gig for the new Geelong Arts Centre Stage 3.

The tender documentation is clear this is NOT a big stadium, nor is it an arena or a convention centre. And it’s got to be extremely sustainable – with abundant natural light and natural ventilation, full universal access to all areas, super-duper energy-efficiency.

It also has to be beautiful, creative and engaging, but take note – the brief is clear the word “iconic” should be avoided!

The scope will include performance spaces, workshop spaces, food and beverage, circulation spaces, office space, amenities and exhibition areas.

The initial design brief also specifies interconnections with outdoor areas, design and delivery that supports wellbeing and mental health for users, street-scape eateries and bars, activated rooftop and pedestrian linkages around and through the building.

EOIs close at 2pm Victorian time, on Tuesday 18 February. Full details here.

Murray-Darling fixers needed

Do you have the expertise to help fix the Murray-Darling Basin? The federal government is seeking experts in water efficiency to develop and deliver projects for the Murray-Darling Basin as part of its Water Efficiency Program.

Focus areas for water savings include urban areas, industrial users, off-farm irrigation, on-farm irrigation and metering improvements. The end goal is for a proportion of the water saved to be transferred to the federal government for allocation towards environmental flows and other basin water recovery targets.

The program aims to recoup 450 gigalitres of water, and projects must also deliver improved economic and social outcomes.

There are webinars on the program available for background here.

Organisations, groups of organisations and state governments are all eligible to tender. Tenders close 20 March 3pm ACT Time, full details here.

Big builds in Darwin

Things are about to get busy for construction firms and subcontractors in the Top End, with multiple projects due to go out to tender in the coming months.

They include the John Stokes Redevelopment – a new 24 hour police station and 75 new DDA-compliant one and two bedroom social housing dwellings in a tower-style configuration of up to six storeys.

The social housing is being designed for elderly persons and people with disabilities, so universal access requirements will likely be part of the brief.

The project also includes new open green space, commercial space for service providers and a pedestrian linkage between Nightcliff Village and Nightcliff Shopping Centre.

The early stages of the Civic and State Masterplan Redevelopment of State Square have also begun, with the demolition of the existing Chan building put out to tender at the end of last year. The project is part of the $200 million Darwin City Deal.

The Civic and State Square precinct is going to provide cool, green public spaces with amenities to support activities including events, displays and festivals.

Another City Deal project will also soon be underway, with the building of a new campus and student accommodation for Charles Darwin University in the CBD. It is expected to bring around 1000 students and around 600 staff into the heart of the city.

The EOI process is already underway, with an early contractor involvement contract on offer for the design and delivery of the new campus. Construction work is proposed to commence in late 2020.

Carbon accounting needed in WA

Following its landmark decision In December last year to facilitate carbon farming on Western Australia’s pastoral lands, the state government is now seeking specialist technical advisory services for the Regional Business Development Directorate.

Carbon farming on pastoral leases is expected to earn up to $70 million from the Federal Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund over the next 25 years – and experts will be needed to measure and verify sequestration according to the approved carbon farming methods.

Forty three projects registered through the ERF last year to use the Human Induced Regeneration carbon farming method. HIR involves helping native vegetation regenerate – and store carbon – through managed grazing.

The tender for expertise closes Tuesday, 18 February at 2.30pm WA time. Full details here

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