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Does state’s new water / waste corporation really need fancy offices?
The Examiner
Saturday 27 June 2009

WATER BODY HQ

New Northern Tasmanian water and sewerage corporation Ben Lomond Water has secured the former Centrelink building on the corner of Charles St and Cimitiere streets in Launceston as its main administrative headquarters.

Ben Lomond Water chief executive Barry Cash confirmed the $500 million corporation had this week signed the paperwork on the building, after several months of negotiation.

“We will begin moving in next week,” Mr Cash said. “We’ll start moving things and hopefully by July 1 we will be reasonably close … We will have people in there on July 1 and we’ll be up and running.”

Administrative, information technology and other support services for the three new regional water and sewerage corporations will be handled by new company Onstream, which is also based in Launceston. Onstream secured office space in Cimitiere House, Launceston’s newest office building, earlier this month.

David Bartlett, MP
Premier
Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Environmentally Sustainable Cimitiere House Opened

The Premier, David Bartlett, today officially opened Cimitiere House in Launceston, which has been designed and developed as an environmentally sustainable commercial office building.

“The building uses natural light, recycled water, solar-generated heating and Tasmanian recyclable building materials,” Mr Bartlett said.

“There’s a low level of power usage and reduced air emissions, making use of natural ventilation.

“For cycling enthusiasts, there are bike racks. For everyone, there are multiple shower facilities, a common room café and meeting space.

“Developments like this one will help to reduce Tasmania’s greenhouse gas emissions from the built environment.

“The Government is currently developing a sustainability policy for new and existing government buildings (leased and owned), including office buildings, hospitals and schools.

“We’ll be training tenancy officers to help tenants to increase their energy efficiency and we’re installing installation in public housing.

“Buildings which consider environmentally sustainable design are also usually healthier homes and healthier workplaces with increased productivity.”

The Premier said that buildings like Cimitiere House were an important contribution towards Tasmania achieving a 60 per cent reduction in emissions of 1990 levels by 2050.

“I congratulate the project team for demonstrating that environmentally sustainable buildings are not just viable in large cities, but also that more regional centres like Launceston can afford to build environmentally sustainable and commercially viable buildings.”

Glenn Smith & Associates is the overall Project Manager for the development. The project team includes Enmore Enterprises Pty Ltd (project developers), Pitt & Sherry (project engineers and green star rating accredited professional) and Fairbrother Pty Ltd (builder).
Engineering Solutions Tasmania provided advice on energy efficiency measures for the development.

The development has been registered as a Five Star Green Star development under the Green Building Council of Australia’s Green Star rating tool (Office Design).

The Green Star assessment process evaluates building projects or existing buildings against eight environmental impact categories (management, indoor environment quality, energy, transport, water, building materials, land use and ecology, emissions). The assessment process also takes innovation into consideration.

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Blair Trumpet

    June 28, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Of course they need new offices.

    We’ve got to recognise that the main driver of growth is making sure that everything gets bigger…and that includes our governments.

    If water were the same price all the time, there’d be no water growth but by the brilliant strategem of creating a brand new set of organisations, we can justify higher charges, more jobs and their commensurate positive contribution to GDP.

    Furthermore the government can increase the price of water by taking steps to assure there’s less of it. Scarcity increases price – hence price growth. The scarcer it is, the more valuable it is.

    So don’t say our govenrments aren’t doing anything useful for our country.

  2. bruce

    June 28, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    EXPERT EX for has been SPURT for drip under pressure.

  3. Dave Groves

    June 28, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Yet another level of government added to the upside down pyramid of community services management.

    More staff, more offices, more infrastructure, more resources, duplication, triplication….and guess what?

    Services cost more to do the same job.

    Till the day I die, I will never cease to be amazed at the unbridled foolishness that the world of “experts” continues to create for us.

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