By Kathryn Lewis
The City of Melbourne is the first Australian local government to be awarded a six star green star – Communities rating for the $250 million Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal program.
The Green Building Council of Australia awarded the rating based on best practice benchmarks for liveability, environmental sustainability, design excellence, prosperity, governance and innovation.
The program will revolutionise the market with large-scale waste and organic recycling facilities on site, solar and battery storage, rainwater collection to reduce water consumption and more public open spaces with water sensitive landscaping.
Acting Lord Mayor Arron Wood said the independent business case showed the market could not survive without significant investment.
“In today’s modern market place, it is clear that we need to upgrade the operating modes, amenities and waste management systems to ensure Queen Victoria Market remains viable into the future,” Cr Wood said.
The program includes a transformation of the current customer car park to the largest public space since Birrarung Marr to accommodate the rising population.
“The number of residents in City North is estimated to grow to 22,000 by 2040, creating opportunities and challenges while increasing the importance of open space,” the Acting Lord Mayor said.
The council will be working with the Queen Victoria Market to deliver the commitments over the next five years.
CEO of Green Building Council of Australia, Romilly Madew, said the council’s approach “struck the right balance between preserving a heritage icon and rejuvenating an important centre of trade.”