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Green Gigs: Western Sydney ecotourism, Adelaide affordable housing, mega wind farm

Eastern Creeks new family-friendly short-stay holiday park will have 304 individual sites, including glamping safari tents, cabins, powered and unpowered tent, and caravan sites and a bunkhouse, along with multiple recreation facilities and event space. Photo by Amanda Klamrowski on Unsplash

Sustainable family fun in Western Sydney, a mega wind farm-slash-pine plantation in Queensland and other business opportunities in sustainability.

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Those who object to large-scale renewables because they think they conflict with primary production might rethink this position when the 1200 MW Forest Wind Farm in Queensland’s Wide Bay Burnett region breaks ground.

The $2 billion joint venture by renewable energy retailer CleanSight and Siemens Financial Services (good to see in the wake of the company’s decision to keep its contract with the Adani Mine) will see 226 turbines installed within one of the state’s largest commercial exotic pine plantations.

It is proof land can do more than one thing, and it’s expected to generate sufficient power to meet the needs of around 25 per cent of Queensland homes.

Forest Wind is now calling for businesses in the region to join the suppliers register. A massive amount of person power and supporting goods and services will be required including civil construction operators and plant, concreters, electrical fitters, crane operators, electrical and mechanical fitters, engineering, project managers and administrative staff as well as the retail, accommodation, healthcare, transport and training providers who will keep the workforce housed, fed, healthy and productive.

Development approval has now been secured, and construction is likely to commence before the end of this year and take up to three years to reach the point of commissioning and connection to the region’s main energy grid. Join the suppliers register here.

Sustainable family fun in Western Sydney

Western Sydney Parklands Trust has a major opportunity up for grabs to develop an ecotourism venture on an 8 hectare greenfield site at Pikes Lane, Eastern Creek.

The preliminary masterplan by Sustainable Park Solutions maps out a family-friendly short-stay holiday park with 304 individual sites, including glamping safari tents, cabins, powered and unpowered tent, and caravan sites and a bunkhouse, along with multiple recreation facilities and event space.

It’s aiming for the full sustainability menu – solar power, rainwater harvesting and use, organic waste recycling on site, cycle facilities and biodiversity plantings. WiFi, food and beverage and limited retail are also on the wish list.

The location puts holiday-makers within a 5km radius of many of the existing and planned tourist attractions in the area, and is also directly opposite the new Sydney Zoo.

The Trust is aiming to test market interest in potential sale of the Leasehold interest of the site, with the purchaser to develop and operate the park until the expiry of the lease.

EOIs close at 3pm 8 April. Full details including preliminary masterplan here.

Adelaide affordable housing site

The SA Housing Authority is on the hunt for an experienced private sector builder/developer partner to deliver affordable housing on an urban renewal site at Dover Gardens in Adelaide.

The 4300 square metre site is currently occupied by 14 townhouses built in 1973, plus open space, and these are slated for demolition to make way for a denser scheme of housing at an affordable price point between $354,000 to $407,100.

The project is one of the first developments planned under the state’s new Affordable Housing Initiative, which will see the housing authority partner with private sector businesses to reduce homelessness and housing stress.

Key considerations for a successful tender include proven experience in delivering high-quality housing; a commitment to engaging small to medium local businesses during the design and delivery; and high-quality design and built form. There is no social housing component specified, nor has a benchmark quantity of affordable housing been set.

EOIs close on Thursday 12 March at 3pm SA time. Details here.

Save our biodiversity

Fire, flood, drought, climate change and land clearing are all threatening many native Australian plant species.

To mitigate the risk of extinction and assist with regeneration, the commonwealth National Parks agency manages and maintains both reserve areas and also a seed bank of native species.

But the existing seed bank facilities in Canberra are not ideal, so a tender is now open for Design and Head consultancy services for the design and delivery of a new National Seed Bank at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

It will need to include storage facilities, laboratories, seed processing and preservation facilities and research areas – and everything needs to be designed and delivered in line with Green Star principles.

In addition to full architectural design services, the tenderer’s consultant team is expected to include landscape architecture; engineering including structural, civil, HVAC, electrical, fire safety and bushfire safety, hydraulic and building environmental performance modelling; also, sustainability consultants, bushfire risk assessors and building certifier.

Tender closes at 2pm ACT time, 27 March. Details here.

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