Green Square a national sustainability leader
The City of Sydney’s fastest-growing neighbourhood
has received national recognition as one of Australia’s most sustainable
communities, according to a prestigious certification program.
Green Square town centre in Sydney’s inner
south has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star – Communities rating from the Green
Building Council of Australia.
The rating recognises the sustainable planning,
design, and construction of large-scale development projects across the
country, including buildings, offices and community precincts.
Six stars is the highest possible rating,
denoting ‘world leadership’ in the areas of governance, liveability, economic
prosperity, environment and innovation.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the certification
recognises 15 years of dedicated work from City staff.
“I am incredibly proud that the City of Sydney
has become the first local government in NSW to receive a 6 Star Green Star
rating for the Green Square town centre,” the Lord Mayor said.
“Green Square was earmarked for urban renewal
by the NSW Government in 1996, but there had been little progress by the time I
was elected Lord Mayor in 2004.
“We set out to make Green Square an exemplary
model for sustainable, high density living in Sydney by embedding green
infrastructure into our planning.
“Because of this commitment, Green Square town
centre features one of Australia’s largest urban stormwater recycling schemes, as
well as tree-lined, low-speed streets and extra-wide footpaths, self-watering
raingardens, separated cycleways, and LED street lights.
“It’s also socially responsible, with 104
affordable housing units in the Green Square town centre allowing key workers
to live close to their places of work, which reduces congestion and enhances
“We have also invested $540 million to ensure
our residents and workers have the infrastructure they need.
“This includes the 5 Star Green Square library
and plaza, with its own wastewater system and innovative measures to reduce
energy used for cooling, and the future Gunyama Park aquatic and recreation
centre, which will be heated and powered by its own locally produced energy
“In Green Square, we’ve shown that high density
living can be created with environmental, social and economic sustainability in
mind and this award is a fantastic recognition of our efforts.”
Green Square’s town centre sits at the heart of
one of Australia’s biggest urban renewal areas, just 3.5 kilometres from the city
centre. When complete, it will be home to around 7,500 residents and 8,600
The City’s work in Green Square includes:
· Green Square library
– opened in late 2018, Green Square’s spectacular underground library features
an amphitheatre, reading garden, café, technology lab, music room and dedicated
children’s area, along with an outdoor plaza for community events. The building
was awarded a 5 Star Green Star – Design rating for its wastewater system and
low energy displacement ventilation system within the library bookshelves.
Gunyama Park aquatic
and recreation centre
– set to open in 2020, the centre will be the largest pool complex built in
Sydney since the 2000 Olympics. It will feature indoor and outdoor heated
pools, a gym, covered outdoor yoga deck, cafe and crèche, as well as outdoor
multipurpose sports facilities. The centre will be heated and powered by its
own locally produced energy system.
· Green Square community
and cultural precinct
– opened in mid-2018, the award-winning precinct sits on the former South
Sydney Hospital site in the heart of the town centre. It features heritage
buildings that have been refurbished as a creative centre, community shed,
childcare centre and green infrastructure centre, as well as a park and public
· Parks – more than 40 parks
are being built across the wider Green Square area, including large open spaces
like the Drying Green and Gunyama Park, children’s playgrounds like Wulaba Park
and dozens of community pocket parks.
· Stormwater – a new two kilometre
underground stormwater drain from Epsom Road in Zetland to Shea’s Creek channel
in Alexandria has significantly reduced the risk of flooding in the town centre,
which sits on a floodplain. A water recycling plant on the former South Sydney
Hospital site treats water from the drain so it can be used by thousands of
residents across the town centre for washing clothes, flushing toilets and in
parks and gardens.
· Streets network – hundreds of new
street trees, self-watering raingardens, extra-wide footpaths, elegant bronze
street furniture, bright LED lights and wayfinding signs highlighting the
history of Green Square are making the area greener, safer and more attractive.
People walking and riding bikes are being prioritised with pedestrian-only
zones, separated cycleways and low-speed streets.
· Affordable housing and
– the City’s affordable housing scheme has seen private developments in the
area help fund 104 affordable housing units for essential workers on lower
wages, built by City West Housing. Under the City’s
accommodation grants program, facilities in the town centre have been leased to
groups providing community and cultural services in the area.
· Public art – a range of permanent
and temporary artworks explore the area’s history and culture, from Maria
Fernanda Cardoso’s sandstone and bottle tree sculpture at the community and
cultural precinct to Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro’s repurposed vintage
aircraft suspended inside the library.
The City continues to work with and advocate
for the state government to bring education, health and especially more public
transport services to the area.
The City has already worked with developers to
preserve a corridor through the area for future public transport, including
light rail, and successfully negotiated the removal of the train station access
The City has collaborated
with utility companies, transport providers, the NSW Government developer
Landcom and other developers including Mirvac, an expert design advisory panel
and local residents and businesses to plan, design and build the new town
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