Two decades after the ‘Green Games’, Sydney Olympic Park has been recognised as a global leader in sustainability, joining an elite group of precincts to achieve a 6 Star Green Star Communities rating.
The park has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star Communities rating from the Green Building Council of Australia.
Charles Moore, chief executive officer of the Sydney Olympic Park Authority, says the park has come full circle since hosting the “Green Games” in 2000.
“This is a world class precinct and receiving this rating from the Green Building Council of Australia is an acknowledgement of the great work that has been done here over many years in the area of sustainability,” Moore says.
The rating acknowledges design excellence in the redevelopment of the Park’s urban core, active living opportunities, efforts to protect and enhance biodiversity, and environmental legacy projects from the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
“The initiatives underpinning our 6 Star Green Star rating will make a real difference to the community of people living and working in the Sydney Olympic Park, making the park a more active and liveable place, and creating cost savings for residents.”
The Park is home to several legacy projects from the Sydney Olympics, including Australia’s first large-scale urban water treatment scheme. This recycles water from sewage and stormwater to supply irrigation, fountains and toilet flushing applications across Sydney Olympic Park and the adjacent suburb of Newington.
Moore says this is “not the end journey, but a step along the way” and the park will continue to work towards its goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2030.
The precinct was awarded 97 points out of a possible 110, the second-highest rating of any Green Star Communities project in Australia.
“Sydney Olympic Park is a ground-breaking example of the power of sustainable design and construction in large-scale major developments,” says the GBCA’s chief executive officer, Davina Rooney.
If fully realised, Sydney Olympic Park’s Master Plan 2030 will deliver 10,400 new dwellings within the Park for 23,500 residents and cater for 34,000 job opportunities.