Our regular round up of business opportunities.


This tender is closing soon 19 June, but it’s interesting. It’s for a suite of “urban interventions” in key centres of the Canterbury-Bankstown local government area.

The objectives are to bring to the area “short-term pilot projects (installations or events) that enliven the public realm.” These, says the tender documents, “are relatively quick to organise and affordable to implement so that council can test large-scale strategy. They can be opportunistic by using underutilised space, or they can be strategic to demonstrate and test ideas to inform more permanent solutions.”

Pop ups

Urban interventions can also be referred to as pop-ups, pilot projects, tactical urbanism and urban activations.

They can include seating, parklets, murals, photography, interactive sculpture and artworks, video projections, sound and lighting installations, digital art, moveable trees and landscapes and contemporary site-specific works. The activations can also be combined with performance, events, live art, music and other pop-up activities

The works are intended to counteract tendencies in the local areas for poor amenity, perceived safety issues, lack of greenery and pedestrian activation, high traffic volumes in some areas and some vehicle dominated urban environments.

“CBCity is entering a transformational period of change with significant new development and infrastructure planned and these will cause further disruption to the public domain during construction over the coming years.”

If additional funding is received through the Streets as Shared Spaces program, “the council may be able to expand the program to deliver the interventions in more locations.”

Details here

Murray Darling’s new research program

Murray Darling is about to become the base for Australian water conservation research.

The Murray Darling Water and Environment Research Program is a joint effort between the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment, Commonwealth Environmental Water Office and Murray Darling Basin Authority.

By investing in this research, the program hopes to better understand the Murray Darling basin and inform future water and environmental management services that serve both the basin and the community.

Over its four year span, the program will be dedicated to studying four key topics: climate change, socioeconomic and cultural outcomes, environmental outcomes and hydrology.

The program is accepting applications from multi-disciplinary and multi-organisation/institution consortia or groups with an identified lead agency. Applicants are welcome to apply for one or more research themes.

Any successful applicants will follow a two part agreement to both codevelop a research plan and manage its implementation.

Applications close 30 June at 2:00 pm ACT time – find out more here.

Efficient energy for Ellinbank Dairy

While the agriculture industry may be known for its heavy carbon footprint, the Ellinbank Dairy Research Centre is hoping to become a sustainable example to other farmers.

The Victoria Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions has issued a tender for the design, supply and installation of a renewably powered, energy efficient system for the Ellinbank Dairy Research Centre.

All components will have to be integrated to work with each other and the farm’s existing equipment. This project will work in conjunction with another ongoing project in charge of constructing wind and solar powered systems at Ellinbank.

The move is part of Victoria’s Agriculture Energy Investment Plan to offset agriculture and livestock’s heavy greenhouse gas emissions and showcase the many benefits of energy efficiency in agriculture.

The tender closes 3 July at 2:00 pm – see more details here.

Irrigating with recycled water

The Alexandrina Council is seeking expressions of interest to expand its water recycling resources from its Mount Compass facility.

The council operates six community wastewater management systems (CWMS) that transport wastewater to its Mount Compass water treatment facility so that it can be reused.

Now the council is looking to the open market for solutions to expand its stored water resources to provide a permanent irrigation system for the Mount Compass township.

Any successful tenderer must sign an infrastructure agreement and a CWMS water agreement, binding to water use targets.

Bids close 29 June at 5:00 pm – learn more here.

– With staff writers 

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