CHL was honoured to receive recognition as a finalist in the World Environment Day 2012 awards based on the environmentally sustainable design of its Millowine Lane project, a 10-dwelling development located in the township of Bega on the far south coast of NSW.
The finalist nomination was for the ‘Virgin Australia Community Award’ for community organisations promoting sustainability and environmental excellence.
The highly-regarded project, which was developed with project partner Bega Eco Neighbourhood Developers Inc (BEND), demonstrates that affordable housing is sustainable not only for the tenant and the community, but also for the environment. Tenants enjoy outstanding quality of living while significantly lowering their carbon footprint and reducing their cost of living through low energy bills, food-producing plants shared with all the tenants, and reduced transportation costs by being in close proximity to local shops and services.
CHL constructed the five sets of duplexes along the north facing slope of the site that has views over the river flats. The organisation had to comply with stringent development guidelines which include setbacks, car parking areas and services infrastructure.
“These are quality built, environmentally sustainable affordable homes that are also financially sustainable for the tenants as well. This is a great model for sustainable living – these homes are a long term resource for the Bega community and add to the level of much needed affordable housing stock in the area while creating a low carbon lifestyle for its tenants,” says CHL’s Managing Director, Steve Bevington.
Awarded by the United Nations Association of Australia and held as part of celebrations for the United Nations’ World Environment Day (5 June), these awards recognise innovative and outstanding environmental programs and initiatives from across Australia and the important work of Australian environmental leaders. This year the Awards celebrate the International Year for Sustainable Energy for All and the United Nations World Environment Day theme, ‘Green Economy: Does it include you?’
The green economy, in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, is also the theme for the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) during which world leaders will convene to build global consensus on the green economy as a means to achieve sustainable development and poverty eradication.
The $2.5 million development was funded through a combination of State and Federal Government funds, a contribution by CHL, and a 10% commitment from BEND Inc. who are raising funds mainly through donations from the local community.
“What’s exciting about this development is the level of control the tenants have in determining how the community is run. There’s a very high level of ownership because each tenant is a member of a tenant committee and can stay in the property for as long as they would like. CHL and BEND are providing the ongoing support for this sustainable lifestyle to flourish,” says Mr. Bevington.
Community Housing Limited (CHL) is a national and international provider of affordable housing. Its mission is ‘to provide affordable and sustainable housing for all’. CHL is a registered Housing organisation in Victoria and an approved growth provider in NSW, Tasmania, WA and SA. Its international operations are located in Timor Leste, Chile, and most recently India.
CHL is a vertically integrated operation that manages the entire housing lifecycle. This includes securing funding, locating suitable land, project managing, designing and constructing, then managing the tenancy for the long term which includes collecting rents and maintaining the property.
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