Monica Barone: a sustainable energy source such as tri-generation is front of mind

30 July 2009 – Is it true that Allan Jones, (no not shock-jock Jones but the engineer Jones ) who took the town of Woking in the UK off the electricity grid is visiting Sydney? In particular the Sydney City Council?

Certainly for those who attended the Redfern Waterloo Business Community function on Tuesday night to promote the long-awaited redevelopment of the massive Green Square town centre and its environs, it was clear that green or greener energy is certainly top of mind for the council.

Guest speaker, Monica Barone, chief executive officer of the City of Sydney,  let it be known loud and clear that in the matter of the next golden (or should that be green?) opportunity for the city a sustainable energy source such as tri-generation would be the next major plank in designing the future..

Yes, “it’s expensive” and “no, we don’t have the solutions” she said.

Shop and move into Green Square by 2014

But after transport – a small savings on emissions – and buildings – a big savings – would come the search for the really major-impact infrastructure of sustainable renewable energy, Barone said.

The message was simple: give us your ideas; we want this new community to be the most sustainable in Australia.

Also speaking was Landcom’s Paul Anderson, project director of Green Square Town Centre, with six hectares of prime real estate in Landcom’s control to help get off the ground.

According to Anderson, Mirvac and Leighton who are joint preferred developers for the site could have a “spade in the ground by the end of 2010.”

First up will be 1100 apartments, about 100,000 square metres of commercial space and retail.

“In eight to 12 years the first stage will be built out, by five years you will be able to come and shop and buy the first apartments,” Anderson said.