10 July 2013 — Parramatta City Council is the first local government in Australia to seek a Green Star – Communities rating, and is also the first local government to specify Green Star ratings for each building across an entire precinct – Parramatta Square.
Parramatta Lord Mayor John Chedid said the $1.6 billion, three-hectare, mixed use development would provide the foundation for growth in the city.
It would “create a future city based on good urban design, that is environmentally sustainable, has vast, vibrant, beautiful public spaces and an effective integrated public transport system”, Mr Chedid told The Fifth Estate.
“We’re targeting 5 Star Green Star ratings for all buildings across the six stages of Parramatta Square’s development, as well as achieving one of the first Green Star – Communities ratings,” he said.
“Green Star certification sends a clear message to our community that we are committed to building long-term assets that are sustainable, productive and fiscally responsible.”
A council spokeswoman said better communities were core to council’s business, which was why it had selected Green Star Communities.
“The Green Star Communities tool will help us achieve best practice, community standards that is both cost efficient and time effective.”
Each of Parramatta Square’s six stages would target 5 Green Star design and would aim to achieve rating through the Green Star – Communities PILOT program.
“We’re very proud to be a local government leader in this space and will be able to transfer our experience of the tool to other future users,” the spokeswoman said.
“The Green Star tool and rating system will give us an opportunity to:
• provide a platform for community participation
• build long-term assets that are sustainable, productive and fiscally responsible
• demonstrate national and international best practice in a local government context
• achieve independently verified outcomes.”
Green Building Council of Australia chief executive Romilly Madew said Green Star – Communities was one of the world’s first independent, transparent, national schemes able to assess and certify the sustainability of community projects.
The six stages of the project include:
Stage one: 169 Macquarie Street, Parramatta Commercial, 24,500 square metres 5 Star Green Star office tower, to be completed late 2015.
Stage two: The Aspire Tower, Corner Church and Darcy Streets, Parramatta 90-storey 5 Star Green Star mixed use tower of 700 apartments, 150-key hotel, ground level retail, a skydeck and experience centre. Expression of Interest for developers anticipated late in 2013.
Stage three: 153 Macquarie Street, Parramatta Commercial and community facilities, 24,000 sq m 5 Star Green Star office tower, a 7000 sq m 5 Star Green Star public facilities including civic building, community centre and library opening out onto the public domain. Construction start anticipated late 2014.
Stage four: 5000 sq m 5 Star Green Star mixed use retail and commercial building central to the Parramatta Square Public Domain. Subject of design competition.
Stage five and six: 100,000 sq m dual commercial 5 Star Green Star office towers. Subject of design competition.
Parramatta Square will be assessed against the Green Star – Communities best practice benchmarks for liveability, prosperity, environmental sustainability, design excellence, governance and innovation, the council said.