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Media Release
Commonwealth Minister for Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp

15 December 2003

Celebrating Sustainable Built Environments in 2004

In a move to encourage greater community participation in planning our cities, suburbs, towns and regions, the Australian Government has proclaimed 2004 as the Year of the Built Environment.

His Excellency the Governor-General, Major General Michael Jeffery, AC, CVO, MC (Retd), the Patron-in-Chief of the Year of the Built Environment 2004, officially launched the Year today on the construction site for "30 The Bond" - the first office building in Australia being built by Lend Lease (and new tenant) for the Deutsche Office Trust to a five-star Australian Building Greenhouse Rating and one that incorporates innovative environmentally-driven design features.

Speaking at the launch, the Australian Government Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, said a key focus of the Year of the Built Environment 2004 was to encourage development of a built environment which is sustainable, energy efficient, safe, healthy and comfortable.

"The aim is to help us appreciate how the structures, buildings and streetscapes which form our built environment make a difference to our quality of life, and to contribute to creating the kind of environment we want for ourselves, our children and future generations," Dr Kemp said.

The Australian Government will contribute $500,000 to celebrating the Year, which is part of its $168.5 million commitment during 2003-04 to protect the nation's built heritage and help make urban life more sustainable.

The Year of the Built Environment 2004 will be celebrated with a comprehensive program of events and activities across Australia. It has been endorsed by all state and territory governments, peak building and construction industry organisations, professional bodies and a wide range of interest groups and individuals within the community.

A National Steering Committee has been formed to oversee national events and activities and comprises representatives of the Australian Government's Department of the Environment and Heritage, as well as the Western Australian Department of Housing and Works, and the Royal Australian Institute of Architects.

"Eighty-seven per cent of Australians - more than 17 million people - live in our cities, posing ongoing challenges for those working to achieve the right balance between urban development and environmental protection," Dr Kemp said.

"The Year of the Built Environment aims to embrace all members of the community, from those in the planning, design and building professions to community leaders and anybody who lives, works and plays in the built environment."

Dr Kemp said celebrating the Year provides an opportunity to examine how all those involved in the creation of the built environment can more effectively work together to produce better places to live and work.

"This will require an effective partnership between Governments, architects, engineers, landscape architects, planners, builders and developers - and their clients, the general community - to produce tangible outcomes," he said.

The Year of the Built Environment 2004 will complement two key programs announced recently by the Australian Government:

In addition, the House of Representatives Committee on Environment and Heritage report 'Sustainable Cities 2025 Inquiry' due next year will inquire into and report on issues and policies related to the development of sustainable cities to the year 2025 and provide a platform for future actions, including potential initiatives to further advance the protection of our built environment.

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