Alkimos Beach, Australia’s first 6 Star Green Star-Community is the first in Australia to recertify as a 6 Star Green Star Community under the Green Building Council of Australia’s rating scheme.
Green Star – Communities, operated by the GBCA, is one of the world’s first independent, transparent, national schemes designed to assess and certify the sustainability of large-scale master-planned development projects.
Projects must recertify every three to five years until fully built out and Alkimos Beach was for the second time assessed against best practice benchmarks for governance and innovation, design excellence, environmental sustainability, economic prosperity and liveability.
Alkimos Beach exceeded its original certification score, receiving additional points for delivery of innovation projects and sustainability measures.
Alkimos Beach development partners Lendlease and DevelopmentWA have a strong vision, focused on delivering a thoughtfully planned, innovative and sustainable coastal community of global significance that’s moving towards carbon-neutral living.
Lendlease General Manager for Development in Western Australia, Anthony Rowbottam said that GBCA assessors looked at innovation Alkimos Beach has demonstrated since 2015.
"The recertification acknowledges the delivery of Sprout Community Hub and its contribution to the broader market transformation towards sustainable development internationally, as well as significant results achieved through our Builders Recycling Program,” he said.
Another first – the delivery of the Alkimos Beach Surf Lifesaving Club and Alkimos Beach becoming Australia’s first Surf Life Saving endorsed BeachSAFE community, through a partnership with Surf Life Saving WA was also recognised.
"The community uptake of the BeachSAFE program has been extensive and the club was also recognised as one of Western Australia’s fastest growing Surf Life Saving Clubs.
"Our residents are very proud of Alkimos Beach’s GBCA credentials and the benefits of being part of such an innovative community, and recertification is just another reason to boast about where they live.”
The state government’s land development agency, DevelopmentWA CEO Frank Marra said that he was delighted that yet again, Alkimos Beach had been acknowledged as world-leading.
"Alkimos Beach is part of the biggest and most significant coastal development north of Perth in 50 years and recertification under the Green Building Council of Australia’s internationally respected sustainability rating system recognises our determination to deliver long term economic, social and environmental sustainability in the communities we develop.
"More than 2,000 residents currently live at Alkimos Beach and have benefited from early establishment of amenities including Sprout community hub, Alkimos Beach Primary school, St James Anglican school, the Gateway shopping precinct, one of WA’s fastest growing Surf Life Saving WA surf clubs, two beach access points, playgrounds, parks and playing fields.”