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GREEN GIGS: Vic Gov’s medium density, safer transport for women in NSW, Feds & disaster recovery

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The latest bunch of tenders and projects from government sources around the country.


Development Victoria is looking for a builder to deliver 22 townhouses in Taylors Quarter at Taylors Lakes, 26 kilometres north west of Melbourne.

These are homes for the open market, rather than specifically affordable product, and are part of a large urban redevelopment precinct which will also include detached dwellings, parklands and other public open space.

The whole precinct is targeting UDIA EnviroDevelopment specifications and there are mandatory design guidelines developed by Brimbank City Council which will apply to the 22 townhouses. These include mandatory gas-boosted solar hot water, mandatory passive solar design, and at least 95 per cent low VOC paints, flooring and finishes throughout. Solar PV energy systems are encouraged, and rainwater tanks plumbed to toilets and laundry a must.

All structural timber, decorative timbers and window frames must be either Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) or Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) accredited, and any engineered wood products must be best practice low-formaldehyde E0-rated.

Bids close at 5pm Victorian time on 30 March 2020, full Request for Proposal documentation including masterplan and Design Guidelines here.

How can we make public transport feel safer?

We all know public transport is key to reducing private car use for a low-carbon transition, however, many women do not feel safe using it, especially after dark. Transport for NSW wants to change this, with an innovation challenge to find some workable solutions.

It wants pitches to address the problem of how data and insights can be used to inform decisions and actions that will make public transport safer for women at night. Research shows that because women often don’t feel safe in the city at night, they limit where they go and when, which leads to reduced participation in work, study and the nightlife of the city.

The challenge builds on discussions at the recent Women and Safety in the City Symposium and work TfNSW has undertaken with the Greater Sydney Commission and Committee for Sydney to develop a Women’s Safety Charter.

Part of TfNSW’s new Safety After Dark program, the challenge aims to engage startups and innovators in areas potentially including “deep technology”, place-based action, smart city technologies, alterations to the built environment, education and behaviour change. Solutions will need to be evidence-backed, scalable and replicable.

See full details of how to make a pitch before the closing date of 9 April here.

SA wants to get circular with organic waste

South Australian government agency, Green Industries SA, is keen to take a detailed look at the opportunities of the state’s organic processing sector, including potential economic and greenhouse gas emission reductions. The goal is for the sector to transition to a circular economy.

A tender is open for consultants with specific expertise across carbon accounting, economic analysis, agricultural research, soil research and state resource recovery. Collaborations between consultancies are welcome to pitch.

The task is two-fold: assess the current position of the sector in terms of material and value flows and quantify potential future opportunities to increase capacity and outputs. The industry and employment benefits also need to be quantified.

Currently, GISA estimates the value of recovered organics resources is $101.2 million. A big opportunity is for organics to be used to boost the state’s agricultural soils, which are generally deficient in organic matter, and to reduce the methane emissions generated when organic waste goes to landfill.

Types of organic waste to be considered include both residential and commercial solid and liquid organic wastes, as well as biosolids from wastewater.

Tender closes at 5pm SA time on 27 march – full details here.

Training businesses to be prepared for disaster

Drought, fires, flood and now COVID-19 have rocked the Australian business sector – so the push is on to help build knowledge about how to navigate disaster. The federal government has a tender open for the development and delivery of a series of half-day workshops around business continuity, disaster recovery planning and business interruption.

The workshops will be held in the capital cities and key regional centres, and the tenderer is not required to supply the venue.

What they do need to supply is practical and engaging content, learning materials and assessment tools. Sector-specific insights and case studies relevant to the region and/or sector should be included in the content.

Tender closes at 3pm ACT time 17 March. Full details here.

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