Your guide to what’s on offer by way of government tenders this week.

School infrastructure advising

If you want to teach sustainable development, designers should go right to the source: schools.

Queensland’s Department of Education is looking for its next Principal Consultants Panel to deliver new building solutions and refurbishment projects across state schools.

The panel will certainly require environmental expertise in keeping with environmental protections and codes.

Beyond current regulations, this presents a great opportunity to further integrate eco-friendly design into schools that can both improve schools’ functionality and expose future generations to sustainable living.

The panel will be available to all organisational units within the department’s portfolio, including TAFEs, state schools, other educational facilities and will be available for “common usage” by other Queensland government departments, statutory authorities and other entities. The tender document states: “The PQP, once established, is an overarching agreement between the Provider and the relevant Department”.

Bids close 19 May 2020 at 2:00 pm in Brisbane — learn more here.

Environmental specialists wanted at WaterNSW

When it comes to planning new projects, agencies have to take a variety of perspectives into account from environmental concerns to cultural heritage.

To take in these sorts of considerations, WaterNSW is building a pool of planning and environmental specialists to advise on future projects.

The pool will stretch across a wide range of expertise to include ecology, contamination, environmental planning and Indigenous heritage amongst many positions. The list of positions may expand in the future to cover an even broader spectrum.

For now they include:

  • Contamination
  • European heritage
  • Contamination site auditor
  • Archaeological
  • Aboriginal heritage
  • Ecologist (freshwater, marine and terrestrial)
  • Auditor
  • Environment management representatives
  • Noise and vibration
  • Soil and construction
  • Planners/environmental impact assessment

Bids close 18 May 2020 at 2:00 pm AEST  — see more details here.

Tracking trends in NSW forests

As part of its Forest Monitoring and Improvement program, the Natural Resources Commission is looking for experts to track baselines, drivers and trends in NSW forests.

The work spans four contracts: forest extent, conditions and health, forest dependent species occupation and distribution, water quality and quantity and soil stability.

Baseline monitoring is part of the program’s second stream which previously included evaluating forest road networks and studying forests’ carbon balance to better inform future decision-making, management and reporting.

All four tenders close 18 May 2020 at 6:00 pm AEST  — learn more here.

Irrigating the Carnarvon Research Centre

The Carnarvon Research Facility in West Australia, formerly the Gascoyne Research Station has been conducting research over the past 50 years to improve vegetables and fruits’ longterm profitability and develop the infrastructure for sustainable Australian agriculture.

The facility is looking to upgrade its irrigation and fertigation systems, which depend heavily on water from the nearby Gascoyne River through drip and spray irrigation.

By updating its systems, the center could help improve water efficiency, a key element to sustainable agriculture as water becomes more valuable resource than ever in Australia.

The tender closes 20 May 2020 at 2:30 pm AWST — see more details here.

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