Natalie Walker and Meg McDonald

BlackRock purchases equity stake in Aussie EV charger provider, Jolt

US investment giant, BlackRock has purchased an equity stake in Australian electric vehicle charging provider, JOLT Charge to support the companies rollout of EV infrastructure across the country. 

Under the agreement, the BlackRockwill also provide A$100 million towards expanding the business, including the rollout of over 5000 charging stations across Australia.

The investment was made through BlackRock’s Global Renewable Power investment fund, which has attracted outside investment totalling US$4.8 billion.

As one of Australia’s largest owner-operators of EV charging stations, JOLT recently announced a partnership with Ausgrid to create charging stations out of existing infrastructure. 

“The EV charging industry in APAC has tremendous near and long-term growth potential, which creates exciting investment opportunities for BlackRock’s clients,” managing director of BlackRock Renewable Power, Charlie Reid said. 

“We believe the electrification of transport plays a pivotal role in advancing Australia’s energy transition and we look forward to harnessing this through our investment in JOLT.”

Two new commissioners appointed to guide future of Sydney

Two highly experienced new policy experts, Meg McDonald and Natalie Walker, will join the Greater Sydney Commission as environment and social commissioners respectively, to help lead planning over the next four years. 

Chief Commissioner Geoff Roberts said it was a crucial time for his organisation as it pursued a vision of transforming Sydney into “a metropolis of three cities”. 

“Ms McDonald brings a wealth of experience that will be vital to long-term planning that confronts the climate emergency,” Mr Roberts said.

“Ms Walker brings wide-ranging experience in health, human rights and human services, and importantly brings First Nations lived experience and knowledge to the Commission’s work.”

Meanwhile, Deborah Dearing (Eastern City and North District) and Peter Poulet (Central City and South District) have been reappointed as district commissioners.

The newly and re-appointed commissioners will begin four-year terms from next month, while recruitment of a new economic commissioner remains underway following the resignation of Jackie Taranto for personal reasons.

Job Movements

Clare Parry has added another feather to her cap, joining Development Victoria as sustainability manager, departing her former role with HIP V. HYPE.

As a trained mechanical engineer, Parry has worked in building services companies and operated her own environmentally sustainable design and Passivhaus company.

“I’m hoping to help build the framework that makes sustainable outcomes easier for everyone. I believe that sustainability does benefit everyone and look forward to bringing that to the fore in all of our projects,” Ms Parry said.

Hamish Stuart has joined Dexus’ office team as general manager, development leasing, having spent the past four years as AMP’s head of leasing, office and industrial.   

“We have some exciting city-shaping developments in the pipeline including Central Place Sydney, Waterfront Brisbane, and 60 Collins Street in Melbourne, and Hamish will be integral to our team,” the company said. 

Our pick of the jobs

Victoria’s Department of Families, Fairness and Housing is looking for a senior project manager, new build sustainable design. 

It’s one of those roles with some real opportunity to make a difference as you advance environmental sustainability and human health outcomes across Victoria’s social housing stock.

Victoria is currently in the midst of a $5.3 billion social and affordable housing blitz with “ambitious” goals for the sustainability of new and existing buildings. 

To help they are looking for someone with training and experience as an environmentally sustainable design (ESD) or engineering consultant or specialist in green building construction practice who is also experienced in managing projects, consultancy contracts and supporting policy development and/or implementation.

We at the Fifth Estate see a growing interest in biodiversity and noted the Australian Conservation Foundation is looking for a national biodiversity policy adviser to help guide our approach to this crucial issue. 

The role involves developing evidence-based policy solutions to increase the protection and restoration of Australia’s biodiversity as well as build momentum for reform.

If you’re game enough, you will act as an intermediary between scientists and key decision-makers across all levels of government. 

You’ll need to have a good understanding of Australia’s biodiversity, environmental regulations, and policies as well as be able to speak the language of researchers and politicians alike while getting your head around the latest data and information and distilling it into policy. 

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