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Sustainability Victoria Media Release | Built Environment Finalists Announced

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Built Environment finalists announced in 2019 Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards

Gillies Hall at Monash University, the Nightingale 2.0 apartment development in Melbourne’s Fairfield, and Gannawarra Shire Council’s program Sustainable Gannawarra have been announced as finalists in the Built Environment category of the 2019 Premier’s Sustainability Awards.

Gillies Hall is a six level, 150-bed residential accommodation complex, the first large scale building in Australia to achieve Passive House certification, named in honour of Monash alumnus – political satirist, actor and director Dr Max Gillies AM. Gillies Hall puts occupant comfort, health and wellbeing as a central focus, at an energy and carbon footprint dramatically lower than any similar type of building in Australia.

Nightingale 2.0 by Hip V Hype and Six Degrees Architects is a triple bottom line apartment development model, rigorously designed to prioritise liveability, community and sustainability. Home to 20 deeply sustainable design-led apartments and three ground floor retail tenancies across five levels, the project achieved an average 8.7 stars NatHERS thermal performance rating and will be fossil fuel free in operation.

Gannawarra Shire Council’s sustainability program is leading the way through a series of community initiatives and its own practices, benefitting both the environment and their local economy. Projects include the Large Scale Solar initiative, assisting community through improved lighting and waste collection services, developing joint ventures to reduce costs and environmental impacts of diesel engines, enhancing solar electricity generation by recycling infrastructure, investigating micro grid systems to power local towns, and participating in the Central Victoria Greenhouse Alliance electric vehicle recharging program.

The Premier’s Sustainability Awards is one of Victoria’s major sustainability programs, celebrating people working to reduce the impact of climate change and to create a better future for us all.

The interim CEO of Sustainability Victoria, Carl Muller, congratulated finalists for their innovative work, building a more sustainable environment for current and future generations.

“Delivering these Awards means we continue to discover and celebrate the talent and enthusiasm Victorians have for thinking creatively about new models of sustainability,” he said.

“The Awards, now in their 17th year, acknowledge leadership, innovation and achievement. Each finalist is commended for improving sustainable outcomes across business, government, education, health and within the community.”

Winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony on Thursday 10 October at Forum Melbourne.

The Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, will personally select the winners of the Premier’s Regional Recognition Award and the Premier’s Recognition Award, which will be presented at the Awards ceremony.

For more information on the Awards, finalists and to purchase tickets for the event, visit

For media, contact Cath Newell on 0423 587 478.


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