Local government

Local governments are uniquely positioned to help ensure planning controls, policies, standards and guidelines support best practice developments for their communities. The GBCA is proud to work with our local government members to support more productive, liveable, sustainable communities locally across Australia.

Case studies

The GBCA works together with local, state and federal governments across Australia to accelerate the transformation of our built environment into one that is healthy, liveable, productive, resilient & sustainable. The following case studies show how leading local governments across the country are improving social, environmental & economic outcomes in their local government areas through Green Star certification.

City of Gosnells in WA achieved a 6 Star Green Star - Public Building v1 rating for the Mills Park Redevelopment project, representing 'World Leadership'. As City of Gosnells Chief Executive Ian Cowie states, "Mills Park isn't just about designing and building a green facility - it's also about engaging the community in a meaningful conversation about sustainability, and actively demonstrating how we can live greener as a community.

Wollongong City Council in NSW achieved a 5 Star Green Star - Performance rating for their Wollongong City Council - Council Administration Building. This achievement highlights that older buildings can still perform at an optimum level given that the Council buildings is 28 years old.

The City of Gosnells in WA achieved a 5 Star Green Star - Office Design rating for the City of Gosnells - Civic Centre Redevelopment. The project had a sustainability premium of $750,000 or 3 per cent on a $26 million project with a payback period of five years.

The Surf Coast Shire in Vic achieved a 5 Star Green Star - Design v3 rating for the Surf Coast Shire - Civic Building. The project is assisting Council achieve its 30 per cent emissions reduction target.

City of Greater Geelong in Vic achieved a 5 Star Green Star - Public Building Design rating for the City of Greater Geelong - Geelong Library & Heritage Centre. This is assisting to achieve a 40 per cent reduction in green house gas emissions compared with business as usual.

Moreton Bay Regional Council in Qld achieved a 5 Star Green Star - Public Building Design rating for the Moreton Bay Regional Council - The Corso, North Lakes. The project has a 50 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to similar sized buildings built to code.

Parramatta City Council in NSW was the first local government in Australia to specify Green Star requirements for Parramatta City Council - Parramatta Square. Every building across the entire precinct will be registered to achieve a Green Star rating including a Green Star - Communities rating.

City of Melbourne in Vic achieved a 6 Star Green Star - Public Building Design rating for City of Melbourne - Library at the Dock.Achieving 'World Excellence' also highlighted that the library was the first public building in the country to be made from Cross Laminated Timber (CLT).

Melton City Council in Vic achieved a 5 Star Green Star - Public Building Design & As Built rating for the City of Melton - Melton Library and Learning Hub .The project has achieved annual utility coast savings of $29,800, including $23,700 savings in gas and $5,000 in water, compared to non-Green Star certified buildings.

Further case studies

A number of our local government members and non-members have provided sustainability policies which may be useful for your Council when undertaking policy updates or preparing new policies. If your Council has a policy which you would like included below, please contact the GBCA advocacy team.

Wyndham City Council

The Wyndham City Council  Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) Framework aims to incorporate ESD principles into all council buildings.

City of Port Phillip

The City of Port Phillip Sustainable Design Strategy (2013) is an update of council's Sustainable Design Strategy and Policy (2006). The Policy reinforces council's philosophy of creating sustainable buildings which contribute to a more sustainable urban environment.

Lake Macquarie City Council

The Lake Macquarie Better Buildings Strategy aim is to incorporate sustainable building design principles in all of council's community buildings. Assessing the design of new buildings, as well as upgrades of existing buildings.

Bathurst, Dubbo and Orange City Councils

The Inspiring & Integrating Change - Local Government Toolkit is a joint venture between three Councils in central west NSW based on three successful sustainability projects. The toolkit provides local governments the skills and know-how to start a project of their own.

Brisbane City Council

CitySmart is Brisbane City Council's dedicated sustainability agency for the city, implementing innovative projects to help cut the city's carbon footprint.

Cairns Regional Council

The Sustainable Building Design Policy  aims to incorporate sustainable building design principles in all Council buildings. This will be achieved by applying the policy to all new Council buildings and projects to extend renovate and / or retrofit existing Council buildings.

City of Greater Geelong

The Sustainable Building Policy  aims to guide organisational practices to manage the social, environmental and financial aspects of Council buildings.

City of Joondalup

The Walkability Plan provides a five year strategic plan for investing in and managing walking and cycling infrastructure to enable safe and accessible environments that enhance community mobility.

City of Melbourne

The City of Melbourne have set an ambitious target of zero net emissions by 2020. In collaboration with key stakeholders Council have developed the City of Melbourne Zero  Net Emissions by 2020 document to assist achieve this goal.

City of South Perth

The Environmentally Sustainable Building Design Planning Policy aims to create environmentally sustainable building design requirements for new developments and substantial additions to existing buildings.

Gold Coast Council

The purpose of the City Plan Policy is to set out when community benefit bonuses are required, as well as the bonus amounts and documentation requirements for achieving bonuses.

Sustainable Melbourne Fund

The Sustainable Melbourne Fund (SMF) works closely with Councils to facilitate investment in buildings and related technology via Environmental Upgrade Agreements (EUAs). SMF is a commercially oriented, independently managed unit by the City of Melbourne.