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Alice Springs Town Council 2003/2004 Annual Report



Alice Springs Town Council 2003/2004 Annual Report

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Annual report 2003/2004; Alice Springs Town Council annual report


Alice Springs Town Council


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Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).




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Alice Springs Town Council

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Alice Springs


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Alice Springs Town Council 2004/2005 Annual Report Page 19 5 Star Rating The design of the new Civic Centre boasts a high commitment to the environment with a Green Star rating of 5, which equates to an Australian Excellence level. The prestigious green star rating is usually only allocated to multi story constructions in larger cities. Council is very proud to be able to offer this level of innovation to the Alice Springs community. The design has made a deliberate attempt to maximise the rating and will use all existing resources available in its construction. The high rating results from inclusions in the design such as Geothermal usage which is the use of the existing sites untreated bore water for irrigation, toilet flushing, cooling and heating through a chiller system. The 25 degree all year round temperature of the bore water results in it being three times more efficient than an alternative water supply. The use of an underfloor, natural ventilation system will create a more efficient cooling system and increase the indoor air quality. The design promotes the use of natural lighting to most of the new administration building and the refurbished sections of the Civic Centre with a back up system being further controlled by timers and motion sensors for maximum efficiency. 3. Environment GOAL: To lead Australia in the management of its arid land natural resources 3.1 Increased Awareness and Knowledge of The Environment Solar City In April 2005 an Alice Springs consortium prepared a bid for the Federal Governments $75 million Solar Cities program and Council committed $20,000 towards the successful outcome. The bid to make Alice Springs one of the four cities in Australia, to be involved in the Solar Cities Program, will see Alice Springs moving closer towards a stronger, more sustainable and energy-conscious community. The Solar Cities Program is aimed at reducing reliance on fossil fuels and creating an environment that increases uptake of solar technology and energy efficiency measures. Council made an in-principle agreement to assist with the development of a permanent energy efficiency shop front should the Alice Springs Solar Cities bid be successful. The focus of the program is to implement innovative strategies for delivering what is essentially a process of attitudinal change on the part of householders, businesses, financial institutions and government agencies. Alice Springs enjoys one of the highest levels of solar insolation on the planet. Energy efficiency (and water conservation) is always a consideration for Council. With the population of Alice Springs at around 30,000 there are potentially 10,000 roofs that could support solar panels. At this stage very few do with existing policy settings and costs. Alice Springs Cool Living House - Photo courtesy of ALEC 3.2 Efficient Use of Energy and Water Resources En vi ro n m en t Artists impression of the new 5 star rated Civic Centre