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Just like the NSW government, the Victorian government is banking on renewables – including offshore wind – as a job-creator that will help lift the state out of Covid-induced doldrums.

In the state budget handed down last week, the government committed $100 million

to fast-track the development of offshore wind, green hydrogen and other promising energy technologies.

Millions will be funnelled into getting the conditions right for a robust offshore wind industry, with some to go towards assessing the transmission infrastructure

and regulatory and investment settings to get the industry rolling.

The budget funding also included $540 million to establish six Renewable Energy Zones, which help renewables act as power stations that are coordinated with transmission and demand.

The funding is expected to create thousands of jobs, including in offshore wind.

“This is about jobs – jobs in major new projects and industries that will deliver cleaner, cheaper, more reliable energy for Victorians,” Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said.

“Industries like offshore wind and hydrogen from renewables have huge potential, not only to boost power supply and reliability, but to create jobs, save households money and tackle climate change.”

According to the Climate Council’s Clean Jobs Plan, supporting large scale renewables could create as many as 4000 jobs in Victoria. 

The budget also included $797 million for energy efficiency upgrades, including $335 million for the replacement of inefficient gas heaters with electric alternatives.

Money will also flow to social housing upgrades and energy efficiency upgrades for government buildings.

Job movements

The Living Future Institute of Australia, the organisation behind the rigorous Living Building Challenge for sustainable buildings, has appointed its first “Technical Working Group”.

As well as improving the certification scheme, the group will be tasked with a series of technical challenges, including making the Living Building Challenge more transferrable with other Australian certifications.   

It will also help contextualise the Living Building Challenge to drive more certifications in Australia.

The founding members of the technical group are:

Katie Fallowfield (Chair) – WSP

Haris Moraitis (Co-Vice Chair) – LFIA Board and HKA

Louise Norton (Co-Vice Chair) – LFIA Board Touchstone Partners

Andrew Ling – Positive Change Buildings

Andrew Scerri – Lendlease

Clare Parry – Hip V. Hype

Damon Cuming – WRAP Engineering

Deepali Ghadge – GECA

Fiona Caulfield – Tricia Love Consultants

Guy Williams -The Biodiversity Consultancy

Jonas Bengtsson – Edge Environment

Jovana Klikovac – Viridis

Lachlan Finn – Atelier Ten

Laura Guccione – BlueScope

Nicola Smith – LFIA

Rory Martin – Frasers Property Australia

Samantha McGavock – Done

Simone Delaney – Vicinity Centres

Liverpool City Council in south west Sydney has appointed acting-chief executive officer Dr Eddie Jackson as the permanent head of the council.

He’s been working for the council since 2014 and was most recently director city community and culture. This role involved overseeing the council’s community planning and development, recreation and open space, major and civic events, libraries, museum, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, and children’s services portfolios.  

Dr Jackson’s wealth of experience, including as CEO of the Belfast Local Strategy Partnership that included peacebuilding and regeneration as part of the Peace Process, will see him well placed to cement the region’s position as the gateway to the Western Sydney Airport.

Schneider Electric’s latest hire, Louise Monger, will bring 20 years of experience in electricity and real estate tech as its new vice president of digital buildings in Australia.

Ms Monger, who started her career in plant rooms, will be a member of Schneider’s Pacific Zone executive team.

She joins the European multinational provider of energy and automation digital solutions after nine years at AMP Capital, where she held the post of program director of technology & innovation – real estate.

Stockland has announced Lendlease’s Tarun Gupta as its new chief executive officer and managing director.

Mr Gupta will take over from Mark Steinert in June 2021, who has been in the top job since 2013.

Mr Gupta was part of the furniture at Lendlease, having been with the company for 26 years. He was most recently chief financial officer.

Zoe Neill has joined Norman Disney & Young from EMF Griffiths. Ms Neill hastaken on a senior sustainability role at the global engineering consultancy, which will involve the delivery of environmental ratings, corporate sustainability and compliance work for various projects across Sydney and Australia. 

Innovative Melbourne-based property developer Assemble has formed a board of directors with former HESTA board chair, Angela Emslie, appointed as independent chairperson.

As chair, Ms Emslie will be able to share insights on the need for responsible investment that will help the purpose-led business continue to deliver affordable housing options under its unique build-to-rent model.

Speaking of board appointments, Australian Energy Market Commission has appointed energy sector lawyer Anna Collyer as the new chair. She is currently partner and head of innovation at Allens law firm.

Our pick of the jobs

Hardware giant Bunnings is bolstering its sustainability ranks, hiring a financial analyst- sustainability to report carbon emissions and waste from various sources.

AECOM is hiring an environmental officer to work from our construction site office in the Gympie area in Queensland.