Green star gong for market

In an Australian-first for local government, the City of Melbourne has been awarded the Green Building Council of Australia’s highest accolade for the Queen Victoria Market Renewal Program.

The ‘Six Star Green Star – Communities’ rating was awarded due the master plan’s focus on liveability, environmental sustainability, design excellence, prosperity, governance and innovation.

Romilly Madew, Chief Executive Officer of the Green Building Council of Australia, spoke highly of the iconic market precinct.

‘Queen Victoria Market is one of Melbourne’s most loved landmarks,’ Romilly said.

‘The City of Melbourne’s approach strikes the right balance between preserving a heritage icon and rejuvenating an important centre of trade so that it is economically and environmentally sustainable for decades to come.’

Last year, an independent business case revealed the Queen Victoria Market could not survive without significant investment.

The $250 million renewal program will deliver critical upgrades over the next five years, including new amenities for traders and improved waste management.

The current car park will also be transformed into a large public open space, providing a new backyard for the growing residential population north of the central city.

To find out more, visit Queen Victoria Market.

SUSTAINABLE ACTIONS AT A GLANCE

  • Large scale waste and organic recycling facilities on site to deal with 6000 tonnes of solid waste and 60 tonnes of organic waste each year.
  • Solar power and battery storage to generate renewable energy on site.
  • Rainwater collection, stormwater harvesting and water recycling.
  • More public open space with planting, trees and water-sensitive landscaping.