Tannum Sands estate gets green tick of approval

A NEW development in Tannum Sands has become the latest project to be certified by the Urban Development Institute of Australia's green rating tool EnviroDevelopment.

Tannum Blue, being delivered by Economic Development Queensland, has been awarded EnviroDevelopment certification for outstanding environmental outcomes in its treatment of ecosystems, waste, energy, materials, water and the community.

The new master planned development offers residents a sea change lifestyle whilst also addressing local housing pressures brought on by the recent LNG boom in Gladstone.

National EnviroDevelopment manager Kirsty Chessher-Brown said the team behind Tannum Blue had done an outstanding job developing unique urban design solutions for the local conditions.

"A lot of effort has been dedicated to ensuring all aspects of this development will benefit Tannum Sands - its economy, its people and, importantly, its natural environment," Ms Chessher-Brown said.

Tannum Blue is set on 59 hectares in the heart of Tannum Sands and will feature 840 dwellings when finished.

The development concept maximises the retention of waterway corridors and surrounding vegetation, creating green spines throughout the development.

Seeds have been collected on site to ensure the development's vegetation maintains the local plant gene pool, which is adapted to the local environment.

These plants will be used wherever practical, with the developer aiming for 90% usage.

Ergon Energy is using Tannum Blue as a trial estate for solutions to reduce peak energy demand.

Trial elements include the compulsory installation of air conditioning units in living areas to be demand enabled peak smart type units, and the installation of an electrical demand ready circuit connected to an off-peak tariff for a number of electrical appliances.