My Place, the Fraser Coast Regional Council’s sustainable home at 44 Honiton Street, Torquay
My Place, the Fraser Coast Regional Council’s sustainable home at 44 Honiton Street, Torquay

Green home to fund further work

A MASSIVE greening program hangs off council's ability to achieve a good price from its sustainable home in Torquay.

Tenders for the award-winning Honiton Street house close on August 31.

On Wednesday councillors voted unanimously to put the money from the sale into this year's capital budget and then into “environmentally sustainable projects”.

Some of those projects could include council buying a Maryborough house for between $200,000 and $300,000 and give it a “green improvements” makeover, said sustainability officer Paul Rice.

Hervey Bay “has arguably less desirable elements than Maryborough with respect to the suitable location of a sustainable house retrofit project”.

“Houses suitable for a renovation project are available for between $250,000 and $350,000, allowing for a limited range of green improvements given the purchase outlay.”

But the council owns about a dozen properties in both cities and Paul Rice thinks Aberdeen Avenue, the water tower site, is most suitable for the do-up.

Alternative projects included waterless urinals, a lighting retrofit to council buildings, energy-efficient street lighting, solar reflective treatment in libraries, council HQs and galleries and ceiling insulation in council buildings.

Councillors congratulated Paul Rice on his report and decided to wait for the next report to be filed after the Honiton Street home sells and they see how much money is in the kitty.



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