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The ACT Government is looking for a managing contractor to deliver a second Common Ground social housing project in Dickson, Canberra.

GREEN GIGS: Our regular round up on major sustainability-related tenders and projects reveals bushfire related work top of mind. Also in the mix is social housing in Canberra, solar for schools and plastic pollution. Sign up to our twice weekly newsletter to get all the sustainability business-related news.

Climate considerations are influencing government contracting work, with opportunities emerging in the wake of the devastating bush fire season, among other areas.

Grocon is calling for contractors and trades to register for the Victorian 2019-20 bushfires clean-up. The Commonwealth and Victorian governments have provided up to $75 million for the removal of buildings and other assets damaged beyond repair by the fires at no cost to the property owner.

The 2020 Clean-up Program will provide site-cleaning services regardless of whether a property owner was insured or not. Grocon will project manage demolition, removal and safe disposal of all materials.

Local contractors and trades will be given first priority to assist with regional economic recovery.

The Insurance Council of Australia has said all savings insurers accrue from the clean-up will be passed directly to policy holders.

Eligible buildings include residential, commercial and public buildings and supplementary buildings such as sheds. The removal of fencing, trees and vehicles may also be included where it is necessary for the safe clean-up of buildings.

Property owners can register here, and contractors can register here.

It’s not clear what other states are doing to clean up after their fires. NSW appears to be prioritising asbestos assessment and removal, but no managing contractor has been publicly appointed. South Australia and Queensland are also yet to release any details about contracting opportunities arising from fire clean-up and recovery efforts.

New Canberra social housing project out to market

The ACT Government is looking for a managing contractor to deliver a second Common Ground social housing project in Dickson, Canberra.

It will undertake an open tender process, with the successful contractor working under a Design with Construct contract to build the project.

The initial design developed by Collins Pennington Architects has 40 apartment and terrace-style dwellings, ranging from one bedroom to three bedrooms, plus commercial and communal space, community garden and play areas.

Environmental sustainability features are to be prioritised to reduce operational costs for occupants and Housing ACT, and the development has been flagged all-electric, with no installed mains gas infrastructure.

A Housing First model is being followed, which will see services including social support, health support and social enterprise integrated with the provision of housing for low-income tenants and tenants at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

The deadline for written feedback on the market sounding paper is 4 February, 2020 at 2pm ACT time. Full details here.

Solar for NSW Schools

The NSW government has an invitation-only tender out to market for the design and construction of solar PV installations for selected schools across the state.

The pre-qualified potential tenderers include some familiar names: Lend Lease Building, Downer EDI Engineering, Ecosave, Verdia, Efficient Homes Australia and Todae Solar.

Regions solar is being rolled out to include Far North Coast, Mid North Coast, New England, Central Coast, Hunter, Cumberland/Prospect, Nepean, Northern Sydney, Inner West, South East Sydney, South West Sydney, Central West, Orana/Far West, Riverina/Murray, Illawarra and Southern Highlands.

The PV is part of the Cool Schools program, which has released multiple tenders over recent months for the provision of air conditioning for schools in areas recognised as experiencing extremes of heat and/or cold.

Tackling plastic pollution

The Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy has issued a tender for research into how plastics can be prevented from polluting oceans without shifting waste to other countries.

The key question researchers must address in the context of the Asia-Pacific region is, can an “environmentally responsible” trade in recycled plastics reduce leakage of plastic into the ocean?

The government wants to know how this could work, and examples of successful initiatives.

The research is also expected to identify capacity caps in the region; investigate whether changing the types of plastics produced would make a positive difference, and pinpoint where the barriers are to effective recycling and what measures are required to address them.

See the full details of the tender here. Submissions close 3 February, 2020.

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  1. A great way to start tackling the plastic pollution problem is to start banning plastic packaging and putting policy in place about what packaging is acceptable, including mandates to label the packaging about how exactly it can be recycled – then ensuring those recycling systems are working effectively.