Sustainable Building

Also includes:

  • Building code which is relevant to the Region
  • Building/constructing sustainable housing
  • Community development considering alternative transport (ie biking, walk) and avoid garage front neighbourhoods
  • How can public/open spaces facilitate social agenda

Working Group

Not noted

Issues raised

BASIX (NSW Planning) lost discretion eg. Energy rating for sale

  • Too NSW specific
  • Lack of discretion
  • Lack of expertise in implementation

Transport – Bikes, Wheel chairs, Pedestrian

How can we involve the whole New England Region in building a sustainable future?


  • Child centred towns
  1. Bendigo, Regio Emilio
  2. Whoa to go, whole of life experience
  3. Human scale
  • Eco-Village, Habitat for Humanity
  • Bicycle Friendly Towns
  1. Pedestrian, streetscapes (deciduous trees)
  2. Street layouts
  3. Parks (child friendly, safe)
  4. Community open space and community run (community interest and groups becoming involved)

What practical steps or projects can be undertaken to do that?

Longer term planning

  • Climate change resilient (water usage) and responsive
  • Prosperity and growth (definition)
  • Sense of urgency
  • Transportation (centralisation)
  • Medium density
  • Housing
  1. Opportunities to stay and learn (retro fitting)
  2. Mix of housing stock/housing ownership
  3. Restrictive housing innovation
  4. Alternative materials (eg straw bale)
  5. Innovative design

Increased economic viability of built stock through better design (aesthetic, energy use, social equity – building mix, demographic mix)
Energy ratings for homes
Town planning include green space ratios

  • Open space/nature corridors
  • Biodiversity
  • Social inclusion
  • Activities

Centralisation of services
Linking engaging open space – community action groups
Pathways – stated and agreed planning policy for development

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