First certified carbon neutral bricks in Australia

Brickworks Building Products has announced the launch of the country’s first carbon neutral bricks and pavers.

The carbon neutral certification of the range of pavers and bricks manufactured at Longford is largely achieved by the use of sawdust, a biomass material and a by-product of the local Tasmanian timber industry, for kiln firing.

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Winner of the 2014 Premier's Sustainability Award.

The EcoCentre’s Life Support for the Bay project won the Premier’s Sustainability Awards’ Cleaner Yarra and Bay category. The project aims to raise awareness of the relationships between Melbourne’s waterways and the Port Phillip Bay and features large-scale community involvement to collect and analyse small Port Phillip Bay pollutants. This work was in part funded by the City of Port Phillip. It was a great example of a successful Community-Council partnership.

Also at the Premier’s Sustainability Awards the City of Port Phillip was recognised for its participation in the ‘Seedlings – Sustainability in the Early Years’ project. The project involved 15 childcare centres in Port Phillip, it introduces young children to sustainability and embeds sustainable practices in early childhood services. The project is a partnership at Port Phillip between the Family Youth Children and Sustainability Departments – it really demonstrates how we are embedding sustainability at Port Phillip.

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In addition to the nine category awards, the Hon Denis Napthine MP, Premier of Victoria awarded the Port Phillip EcoCentre the Premier’s Recognition Award. The Premier’s Recognition Award is awarded to one of the winners of the nine categories who showcases exemplary innovation in sustainability. Congratulations Neal Blake, Director of the Port Phillip EcoCentre.


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