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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

8 August 2001


Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill and Federal Member for Eden-Monaro Gary Nairn today opened the PATHE GreenSmart Display Village in Jerrabomberra which showcases the latest in environmentally sensitive and innovative housing.

The GreenSmart Display Village is a joint initiative of the Housing Industry Association, Greening Australia and the Commonwealth Government's multi-million dollar Partnerships Advancing the Housing Environment (PATHE) program.

"The 15 display homes in the GreenSmart Village - some of which have already been sold - have been designed and built by local businesses and all have achieved a five star energy rating," Senator Hill said.

"Through thoughtful land development, careful waste management, innovative home design and the use of quality local products, this village clearly demonstrates GreenSmart practices.

"The houses feature high performance double-glazed windows, compact flourescent lighting, water saving devices [including rainwater tanks], passive solar design and native gardens and are expected to consume half the energy of an average Australian home."

Senator Hill said building waste from the GreenSmart Village was kept to an absolute minimum. The Queanbeyan City Council, together with the village developers and builders, used a three-bin system to cut down on waste and facilitate recycling. This simple system led to more than 60 per cent of waste being recycled. Recycled steel has been used in some of the roofing.

"Australian buildings are responsible for over one quarter of all energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. The Commonwealth Government is committed to working with the building industry to establish new environmental standards for all Australian buildings," Senator Hill said.

The Jerrabomberra Village is the third GreenSmart Display Village to be opened in Australia, with plans for villages to be established in all major cities plus a virtual village available on the internet. GreenSmart villages also exist in Sydney and Adelaide.

"GreenSmart Villages are helping us to move towards more sustainable housing by providing better waste management, energy performance and water efficient choices for consumers," Senator Hill said.

The local Federal Member, Gary Nairn, said that the village represents an excellent example of the quality of builders and tradesmen in the region.

"A number of houses in the Queanbeyan/Jerrabomberra area have won major
industry awards over the past years and this GreenSmart Village continues
the high standard.

"I congratulate the builders, Canberra Investment Corporation, the HIA, Greening Australia and the Queanbeyan City Council for their commitment to the environment and innovation," Mr Nairn said.

Together the PATHE program and GreenSmart have set a new industry benchmark in environmentally sensitive home design and construction.

Wednesday 8 August 2001
Contact: Belinda Huppatz (Senator Hill's Office) 6277 7640 or 0419 258 364

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