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Premier launches green Commonwealth Games Village

The Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Village will be one of the greenest developments built in Victoria, Premier Steve Bracks announced today.
Australand Holdings has been appointed to develop the site of the old psychiatric hospital at Parkville after an exhaustive tender process.
The development will house and cater for 6000 athletes and officials. It will include permanent and temporary accommodation, a media centre, dining hall, training and medical facilities and other community areas.
Mr Bracks said he was proud the Government had achieved an additional 200 public housing units as a permanent legacy of Melbourne hosting the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
The key features of the 20-hectare Parkville development include:
Mostly one and two storey detached houses, with an innovatively-designed linear apartment building along the freeway wall to buffer the site from the Tullamarine Freeway;
Incorporation of innovative environmental design features including a 5-star energy rating for all houses;
An additional four hectares of new park and another four hectares of public areas, including pocket parks and shared pathways;
Retention of existing significant trees;
A showcase 21st century residential development;
Retention of significant heritage buildings;
Located within easy reach of the CBD and major sporting venues;
Disabled access to buildings;
After the Games, social housing for 200 households will be integrated across the site. Mr Bracks said the Parkville development would deliver a win for both the Commonwealth Games athletes and the people of Victoria.
“The Village will provide a world-class facility for the athletes and will deliver long-term environmental, social and economic benefits for Melbourne,” he said.
The project will deliver over 400 new jobs over the next five to six years.
The government’s total development cost of $144.3 million will be offset by revenue from housing sales of approximately $58 million, leaving a net cost of $85.4 million.
Mr Bracks said this net cost included $50 million in enduring public assets for Victorians including, social housing and environmental features.
“Our decision to create this lasting legacy goes beyond the vision of the original bid document and reflects the Government’s strong commitment to social and environmental policies,” Mr Bracks said.
“The Parkville Commonwealth Games Village will showcase an inner urban development that will not only lead the way in sustainable development but will deliver much needed community facilities and social housing for Victoria long after the Games are finished.
“The effective staging and professional presentation of the Commonwealth Games will reinforce Melbourne’s position as one of the sporting capitals of the world and provide an opportunity for extensive international promotion.”
The Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Justin Madden, said the development at Parkville would provide a world-class facility for the 6,000 athletes and officials attending the Games.
Mr Madden said the Parkville site had been selected over other bids as it provided the greatest legacy for the people of Victoria.
“We will also look at other infrastructure needs, including schools and transport, that may be needed after the Games,” he said.
“The Docklands bid would have required high-rise office space being converted to housing for the Games, and then converted back to office space afterwards. The government would also have been forced to commit to a 20-year leasing of this space.
“The other Parkville bid was more expensive and did not rate as highly in several of the key selection criteria.”
Mr Madden said most athletes would be accommodated in single or double storey buildings, the style of accommodation they prefer over high-rise developments proposed on other sites.
“The Village incorporates a number of environmental design features, including the investment in the City of Melbourne’s Royal Park wetlands, roof water collection for toilet flushing, grey water recycling and solar/gas hot water. All houses will have a 5-star energy rating,” he said.
The post-games development will encompass up to 1,000 households. Construction will commence in mid-2003.
The site is located within easy reach of the city and community and sporting facilities, being less than five kms from the CBD, 20 minutes to all major Games venues and 20 minutes to the airport. Other attractions such as Melbourne Zoo and Royal Park are a short walk from the site.
Mr Madden said a comprehensive public consultation process would be undertaken before the proposed plan is finalised in April/May 2003. A formal consultation process will occur between January and March 2003 with specific focus on the impacts of the proposed development on surrounding communities, and will assess the need for additional community services.