Recently I spoke at the Living Future Institute Australia Forum. It was a great event, and attendees were challenged to go beyond regular thinking when it comes to development and to dare to have a positive and regenerative effect in the work we do.
As a developer in a room full of environmentalists, I suspect the crowd wasn’t 100% on my side initially. But when I shared that we’ll be setting out to build the world’s most sustainable shopping centre in Burwood and still make a profit, I at least had their attention.
I bring some personal experience to these issues, as sustainability has been a BBQ stopper in my family for years. My eldest sister is active in sustainability policy and over the years our conversations have sometimes played-out out the stereotype of a tree hugger talking to a developer. But ultimately we always arrive at the pragmatic middle ground, which is the only place, in my view, from which progress is really possible.
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Jack Davis is a Development Manager responsible for new retail and mixed use development opportunities, having worked on projects in VIC and WA at Frasers Property Australia. With an interest in destination and experienced based retail centres and a desire for innovation in design and sustainability, Jack is currently leading a team striving for the title of 'The World's Most Sustainable Retail Centre' on the Burwood Brickworks development. Jack holds a BA Property & Construction and a BA Commerce, majoring in Finance and has a strong background in development, delivery and stakeholder management on large and medium scale projects within the retail and commercial sectors.
Scott West holds a BA of Arts (Architecture) and a BA of Architecture. He has over 20 years experience in the industry and is a Green Star Accredited Professional. Scott has been involved in numerous high profile projects with a sustainability focus, delivering Australia's first retail centre to receive a 6 Star Green Star — Retail Centre Design v1 rating at The Ponds and working alongside the Burwood Brickworks team to deliver 'The World's Most Sustainable Retail Centre'.