The Australian Government’s new Smart Cities Plan can drive investment in projects that improve the sustainability of our cities, but stops short of a commitment to meet best practice benchmarks for green buildings, precincts and infrastructure.
The Australian Government has released its Smart Cities Plan, which promises to “coordinate and drive smarter city policy” and to draw on innovative finance mechanisms, such as the ‘value capture’ model, to deliver essential infrastructure, drive innovation and improve the sustainability of our cities.
Chief Executive Officer of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), Romilly Madew, is pleased to see city cities policy in the government’s sights.
“We are living in the century of the city – and this demands fresh thinking, smart policy and committed political leaders,” Ms Madew says.
“We are pleased to see that priority will be placed on investments that improve environmental outcomes, and that the Australian Government promises to encourage the use of rating systems such as Green Star.
“The Smart Cities Plan acknowledges that Green Star can improve the sustainability, quality and efficiency of buildings and precincts.
“What we’d like to see are clear commitments to ensure sustainability is a central pillar of any City Deal project around the nation.
“Put simply, cities can’t be ‘smart’ if they aren’t sustainable.
“The Prime Minister has repeatedly said his government wants to be a ‘partner, supporter and collaborator’ in the development of cities – something the industry has been calling for over many years – and the signs so far are very promising.
“Industry called for a federal minister for cities for many years – and we got one.
“We have called for strong, integrated policies that deliver solutions to the social, economic and environmental challenges we face as a nation.
“This new Smart Cities Plan promises big things – and we look forward to working with all levels of government, industry and the community to ensure it delivers,” Ms Madew concludes.
The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) was established in 2002 to develop a sustainable property industry in Australia and drive the adoption of green building practices through market-based solutions.
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