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    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Green door swings open to invite more sustainability into Queensland

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Friday, October 15, 2010

    Green door swings open to invite more sustainability into Queensland

    The Green Door Advisory Committee has met for the first time to give streamlined development approvals to environmentally friendly projects that employ pioneering technologies, design techniques, recycled materials and renewable energies.

    At today’s inaugural committee meeting, Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe said the Green Door had been opened to encourage more sustainable development in Queensland.
    “The purpose of the Green Door is to accelerate decisions for development proposals which are deemed to be of State interest,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “The Green Door Advisory Committee will recommend the eligibility criteria for identifying Green Door projects that they will monitor and assist through the Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS).

    "This delivers on a 2009 election commitment under the Cleaner Green Buildings Policy and a key initiative of ‘ClimateQ: Towards a greener Queensland."

    The committee comprises of seven knowledgeable industry experts, over a range of organisations. They are:

    1. Green Building Council of Australia: Project Leader Mr Adam Black
    2. Housing Industry Association Assistant: Director Mr Mike Roberts
    3. Local Government Association of Queensland: Mr Mark Piorkowski
    4. Planning Institute of Australia Queensland: Vice President Mr Greg Tupicoff
    5. Queensland Property Council of Australia: Policy and Advocacy Manager Johanna de Winter
    6. Queensland University of Technology, Centre for Subtropical Design: Director Ms Rosemary Kennedy and
    7. Urban Development Institute of Australia: Chief Executive and General Counsel Mr Brian Stewart

    “These members will play a pivotal role in developing and maintaining a strong partnership between the sustainability and development industry and the Local and State Government,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “They will support the Queensland Government Officers who are Sustainability Development Case Managers and Local Government Development Assessment Managers with technical and procedural advise.

    “They will also be providing me with expert advice and guidance on the role of a sustainability case manager in relation to particular projects and the use of Ministerial IDAS powers.”

    The advisory committee is responsible for monitoring the progress of selected projects, providing reports and making recommendations for progressing sustainable outcomes through Green Door in the future.

    The team will also provide advice on sustainability features and technologies that will assist with the decision making process under the Sustainability Planning Act 2009 and IDAS.

    “I would like to thank each of the Green Door Advisory Committee members for volunteering to dedicate their time, resources and industry knowledge – in order to steer this important initiative in the right direction,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    Contact: 3224 8750