GREEN GIGS: Mass timber for Bendigo, wastewater in South Australia and more

The Victorian government needs a builder capable of delivering what’s likely to be Australia’s largest mass timber commercial building to be built in a regional area, the Bendigo Govhub.

Tenders (and other work opportunities): The Victorian government needs a builder capable of delivering what’s likely to be Australia’s largest mass timber commercial building to be built in a regional area.

The new “GovHub” building in Bendigo will provide office space for up to 1000 local and state government workers.

The base building structure’s preliminary engineering design by Arup is based on a combination on Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and glulam.

The successful bidder will need to commit to achieving a minimum 5 Star Green Star certified rating from the Green Building Council of Australia for both base build and fitout, and a minimum 4.5 Star NABERS Base Building energy rating.

Expressions of Interest for the D&C contract close at 4pm on Friday, 21 February 2020. Full details including indicative design and specifications here.

Investment advisor for Canterbury-Bankstown

Could you be in with a chance to ensure Canterbury-Bankstown Council throws its capital into ethical investments? A tender is currently open for suitably qualified and experienced consultants to provide independent investment advisory services to council.

With a forecast $350-$400 million investment portfolio for 2019/2020, Council is seeking best practice investment strategy and advice that will comply with statutory requirements, maximise returns and minimise risk for its surplus funds.

Product manufacturers or distributors will be excluded from the process, according to the tender details here.

Lodge your pitch before 2.30pm Thursday 20 February.

SA seeking wastewater experts

Water is a hot topic, and not wasting it is key. Here’s a chance to help South Australian local councils make the most of their water by nabbing a spot on the preferred supplier panel for Community Waste Water Schemes across the state.

Innovation and alternative solutions are high on the priority list, and particularly proposals that offer increased value, reduced cost or measurable additional benefits.

EOIs close at noon Adelaide time on Monday 24 February, full details here.

A snappy volunteer opportunity

A team of UNSW researchers has put out a call for anyone and everyone to help determine what is lost and what is left following the nationwide bushfire emergency. The Environment Recovery Project seeks participants from any fire-affected area to download an app from the iNaturalist website and take photos of trees, scrub, small plants, wildlife, fungi or any other living thing and upload it to the ERP website.

The citizen-science information will be used by researchers at UNSW Centre for Ecosystem Science and elsewhere to understand how fire affects Australian ecosystems, and how they recover from it.

It is not necessary to identify the specific plant or animal you photograph, or even be precise about the location – the app will geolocate your photos and researchers will be able to identify the species.

Visit the Environment Recovery Project for details.

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