Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities - 2012
Solar panels at Cockatoo Island, Sydney, as part of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust's Green Precincts Fund project, Sydney Harbour Federation Trust
The Green Precincts Fund is an Australian Government initiative to prepare Australia for a future with less water and to encourage local communities to better manage their water and energy use.
The Green Precincts Fund supports high-profile demonstration projects that deliver water and energy savings while educating the community about water and energy efficiency.
Green Precincts Fund objectives:
- to raise community awareness about water and energy savings
- encourage the take-up of water and energy saving measures including using renewable energy in the home and community facilities
- deliver direct environmental benefits at project sites through water and energy efficiency measures
- encourage and demonstrate innovation in design and use of water and energy efficiency technology.
Green Precinct Fund Projects
The following projects received Australian Government funding to develop high profile demonstration Green Precincts:
The Australian National University, Canberra ACT – Education Precincts for the Future: $1,032,980
Efficiency measures: stormwater harvesting for irrigation; conversion of oval to synthetic turf; solar photovoltaic installation; a building management system upgrade; and community engagement activities that target teachers, students, the educational community and the public.
Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE, Bendigo Victoria – Charleston Rd Campus Redevelopment: $724,289
Efficiency measures: connection to recycled water supply for toilets and nonpotable water needs; geothermal heating and cooling energy generation system; lighting controls; solar hot water system; and solar photovoltaic installation.
Blue Mountains City Council, Katoomba NSW – Blue Mountains Sustainable Precinct: $1,500,000
Efficiency measures: rainwater harvesting; treatment of stormwater runoff in rooftop rain gardens; solar photovoltaic installation; a building management system; solar hot water system; and passive building design.
Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, Brunswick Victoria – Zero Emissions by 2012: $1,150,011
Efficiency measures: rainwater harvesting; vertical gardens; grey water onsite treatment and re-use in gardens; solar photovoltaic and wind turbine installation; solar refrigeration; solar cooking; biogas barbeques; electric vehicle conversion display; and passive building design.
City of Onkaparinga, Adelaide SA – Woodcroft Green Precinct: Combined Library and Neighbourhood Centre Demonstration Site: $750,000
Efficiency measures: rainwater harvesting for reticulation; water and energy efficient appliances; solar photovoltaic installation; solar hot water system; and a building management system.
Essendon Football Club, Essendon Victoria – Windy Hill Green Precincts: $947,727
Efficiency measures: construction of an under-oval water storage system for rain and stormwater harvesting; water and energy efficient measures; and a building management system.
Launceston City Council, Launceston Tasmania – Greening Inveresk Precinct: Towards Water and Energy Sustainability: $788,000
Efficiency measures: rainwater harvesting system; irrigation sensors; energy efficient appliances; a building management system; and an energy efficient air conditioning system upgrade.
Manningham City Council, Doncaster Victoria – Doncaster Hill Green Civic Precinct Sustainability Education Hub: $1,500,000
Efficiency measures: rain and stormwater harvesting; grey and black water reuse; rain garden bio-retention system; cogeneration plant; solar photovoltaic installation; passive building design including thermal chimney; and trigeneration absorption chiller.
Shire of Peppermint Grove, Peppermint Grove WA – The Grove: $1,500,000
Efficiency measures: rainwater harvesting; onsite stormwater and wastewater treatment; water efficient fittings; wind turbine; solar panels; and climate-sensitive building design including thermal maze, in-ground heat exchange and double glazing.
Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, Cockatoo Island and North Head NSW – Sydney Harbour Green Precincts: $861,500
Efficiency measures: rainwater harvesting, storage and refurbishment; water efficient fittings; large scale solar photovoltaic installation; and solar powered pumps.
Sydney Theatre Company, Walsh Bay NSW – Greening the Wharf: $1,200,000
Efficiency measures: rainwater harvesting, storage and reticulation; water efficient fittings; energy efficient appliances; a building management system upgrade; and a rooftop solar photovoltaic system to generate electricity.
Wide Bay Water Corporation, Heron Island and Hervey Bay Queensland – An Island is not an Island: A Green Precinct in the Great Barrier Reef: $1,290,000
Efficiency measures: desalination plant upgrade to an energy efficient system; water efficient fittings; solar photovoltaic system to reduce remote island reliance on diesel powered generator; and replacing in-room refrigeration at the Heron Island Resort with eskies.
A $100,000 grant was also provided to the Clean Energy for Eternity community group to investigate the feasibility of a solar farm on the NSW South Coast.
Rainwater tanks and eaves at the Woodcroft Community Centre as part of the City of Onkaparinga's Green Precincts Fund project, DSEWPaC
Each of these Projects:
- demonstrates and delivers significant water savings relative to comparable facilities
- delivers substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency measures
- includes a significant community education component.
The Green Precincts Fund provides matching funding , for up to 50 per cent of the eligible project costs to deliver high profile, energy and water savings projects that demonstrate their achievements to the community.
These projects will save an estimated 133 megalitres of water and 8,810,739 kilowatt-hours of energy a year. This will result in a reduced burden on potable water supplies and a substantial reduction in annual greenhouse gas emissions.
All projects are due for completion by June 2012. There are no future funding rounds planned at this time.