Green gigs: Bushfire recovery grants, NSW hydropower, West Camden water recycling and more

Every week, The Fifth Estate goes looking for government tenders, grants and other opportunities in green business. The Victorian government is dedicating $900,000 as part of its new Biodiversity Bushfire Recovery Grant program to support bushland and biodiversity recovery in the wake of the unprecedented summer bushfires. All of the funding will go to support […]

Why we must pull financial levers to build for a changing climate

Climate change is expensive business. The recent bushfires are estimated to have cost Australia $100 billion – so far. The big hailstorm that struck NSW and the ACT in January cost around $1.36 billion.

Home buyers offered mortgage discount for energy efficient homes

A new green home offered by Bank Australia will offer allow prospective home owners to secure discounted finance to build or buy a home with a 7-plus star rating under the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS).

The new CRCs and their role in a sustainable future

If government decisions about research funding are an indication of where they see the nation heading, the recent round of CRC grant recipients suggests the focus has strayed from the core issues facing cities and their sustainability.

EUAs get a new name and go national – at last

Bank Australia has partnered with Sustainable Melbourne Fund to take the original environmental upgrade agreement (EUAs) program for buildings national. 

Stockland backs 12 community-oriented proptech startups

A platform to keep track of elderly relatives, passive solar greenhouses for micro greens, and a contractor payment system are among the 12 ideas picked for Stockland’s six month accelerator program for community-minded startups.

Get green certifications with a $10,000 City of Sydney grants

IN BRIEF: City of Sydney is funding up to $10,000 for commercial offices, accommodation providers and event facilities to obtain environmental certifications, including NABERS, EarthCheck and Green Star Performance ratings.  Projects must be located in the City of Sydney local government area. Applicants must commit to investing a small amount of their own money to implement the […]

Jobs and growth: watch the Vics with the New Energy Jobs Fund

Melbourne-based energy software developer Geli has received $850,000 from the Victorian government to develop an energy monitoring and control system that will be rolled out to up to 1000 Victorian homes. The funding is part of the second round of grants from the New Energy Jobs Fund. Geli will work in partnership with Flextronics on a […]

Melbourne to match green infrastructure investments dollar-for-dollar

The City of Melbourne has announced a $1.2 million Urban Forest Fund, which it will use to match private investments in urban greening initiatives dollar-for-dollar. It is currently seeking interested property developers, community groups and other government organisations interested in what would effectively be half-priced urban greening initiatives, including tree planting, creating parks, stormwater projects, […]

The 2017 budget has axed research to help Australia adapt to climate change

The 2017 federal budget has axed funding for the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF), an agency that provides information to decision-makers on how best to manage the risks of climate change and sea level rise.

Turning old mines into renewable energy projects

A feasibility study for a solar pumped hydro energy storage project in Bendigo could help provide an answer to the vexing question: “What do we do with old mines once they are done with?” The Victorian government has just announced $100,000 in funding for a study to see if the historic Goldfields mine shafts could […]

City of Melbourne taps global talent to help cut travel times

Entrepreneurs, tech geeks and anyone else with a creative mind are being invited by the City of Melbourne to enter a challenge seeking to reduce transport congestion while also improving social isolation. For the project, Melbourne has partnered with Citymart, an organisation that helps cities tackle complex urban and social problems by reaching out to […]

Plummet in large-scale solar cost reveals importance of ARENA grants

The amount of government subsidy needed to get large-scale solar projects off the ground has plummeted, according to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, in a sign that the industry is steadily maturing. However, ARENA’s grant funding abilities, said to be key to this massive decrease, have been stymied by the federal government.

ARENA and CEFC funding could double solar capacity

Project developers have shown “strong interest” in the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and Clean Energy Finance Corporation’s fund for large-scale solar projects.