This project by Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council achieved an 'Excellent' As Built v1.2 IS Rating.
Queen Elizabeth II Park lies at the heart of Queanbeyan river focused CBD. A large and level grass oval sets the framework for the park reflecting that of the nearby Queanbeyan Park. The oval is bordered to the east and north by a multi-use urban plaza forming the principal pedestrian link from the town centre and the bus terminus to the river’s edge and to the northern river bank. In combination, the urban plaza and the oval lawn provide space for holding community events and market stalls. The oval and plaza connect to a revitalised Collett Street, a new, spacious promenade (shared with cyclists) providing a park link to the CBD and the riverbank to the south. The road has been narrowed to assist in slowing traffic. New paving and street tree planting create an appealing river-focused streetscape.
"The IS rating for the project was pursued in order for council to substantiate its sustainability objectives and demonstrate the achievement of sustainability commitments to the community and beyond. It is also hoped that the rating for this project will create greater awareness of the sustainability initiatives among council staff, the community and other stakeholders."
- Rating Type Social
- Rating Score 50
- Registered Date February 2016
- Certified Date November 2016
- Practical Completion December 2016
- State NSW
- Suburb Queanbeyan CBD
- Assessor Shlomi Bonnet
- Capital Value $5 Million
- Other Key Stakeholders Clouston Associates, Bost Civil
Water Level 3 was achieved in Wat-2 as only non-potable river water will be used for irrigation. Water saved over infrastructure lifecycle: 169 megalitres
Land Level 3 as achieved by protecting the site topsoil by stockpiling and seeding with grass. Before re-use on site, soil was taken to the Queanbeyan City Council’s Waste Minimisation Centre (WAMI) where composted green waste from the city waste collection was mixed with the top soil, tested and once passed was returned to site for spreading.
Ecology Level 3 was achieved. Prior to the upgrade the park had a low biodiversity value, with predominantly exotic vegetation along the river banks. The biodiversity was improved by decreasing the amount of hard standing, considering and accommodating the nesting requirements of platypus who are found in the Queanbeyan River adjacent to the park, and planting mainly Australian native vegetation.
Innovation Council mandating the IS rating scheme for any infrastructure project over $2 million. This will in turn lead to assisting the market transformation and is a demonstration of council’s commitment to sustainability.
To find out more about this project, visit the QCC website