The Corrimal Coke Works is set to become the first 5-Star Green Star rated Community in Wollongong, transforming a derelict site into a vibrant, open and engaging space for current and future residents of Corrimal and the Wollongong area to enjoy.
Here, we ask leading sustainability expert, Hannah Morton at Cundall, what a 5-Star Green Star Community rating means for Corrimal.
How does the Green Star Communities rating work?
Green Star Communities is a rating tool developed by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) to promote the environmental and social sustainability outcomes associated with the planning, design and construction of large development projects at a precinct, neighbourhood or community scale. It assesses projects across five categories -– governance, liveability, economic prosperity, environment and innovation.
Why is the rating so important?
A Green Star Communities rating encourages projects to address holistic sustainability outcomes for the whole community, promoting engagement, transparency, productivity and education, while also rewarding responsible resource management practices to reduce a development’s ecological impact on life, land, water and the atmosphere. It promotes tangible precinct-level outcomes that benefit the community with a focus on governance, infrastructure and public spaces rather than just individual buildings.
Why is achieving this 5-Star rating a positive for Corrimal?
Green Star ratings provide a nationally recognised certification of the sustainability of a precinct and are an independently verified, third-party assessment with rigorous governance in place. When certified as Wollongong’s first 5-Star Green Star community, the Corrimal Coke Works can help attract recognition to the region through this nationally recognised certification of the sustainability of a precinct. It will help raise the bar for other projects and ultimately become a source of pride for the local community.
The issues covered by the rating tool should be considered for all new precincts and I’m pleased the Corrimal Coke Works will be demonstrating leadership in this way. I have no doubt that the project will make a significant contribution to enhancing the liveability of Corrimal.
How does this rating contribute to improving the livability of Corrimal?
A key principle of the rating tool is to enhance liveability by delivering safe, accessible and culturally rich communities with tangible positive outcomes. The Corrimal Coke Works development provides a diversity of housing with good access to services and education, supporting safe and secure communities, and fostering diversity and inclusiveness.
The project also delivers significant community infrastructure including over 9 hectares of new, high-quality parks, that can be enjoyed by everyone including an off-leash dog park, playgrounds, outdoor amphitheatre, community gardens and the construction of new pedestrian and cycle ways reconnecting Corrimal. The project also celebrates the sites rich heritage with the addition of a new heritage precinct with flexible commercial and community space for teleworking, local start-ups and community groups.