Sustainable Communities

The way we build our towns and cities affects everyone and has a profound impact on the way we live our lives. Designed well, they can positively affect our lives and the well-being of all people and communities. In Australia, the impact of an increasing population and climate change raise challenges for everyone’s future, and means that getting it right is a responsibility we must all share.

Prince’s Trust Australia’s is committed to helping people and communities create better places to live by showcasing new exemplar developments and championing sustainable urbanism through education and training programs. Prince’s Trust Australia aims to inspire developers, builders, governments and design professionals to be a leaders in sustainable place making and community building.

Sustainable Urbanism Roadshow

A presentation and panel discussion series to be held across Australia aimed at discussing the importance of sustainable urbanism and place-making in managing our built environment. 

Each 'Sustainable Urbanism Roadshow' event will showcase successful development projects from Australia and the United Kingdom, including the 'Prince’s Terrace Adelaide’, followed by a panel discussion with local industry professionals.

Each event will be an ideal networking opportunity and we encourage students, industry professionals and the general public to attend!   

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Prince’s Terrace Adelaide

The Prince’s Terrace Adelaide was a development project delivered in partnership with Defence Housing Australia, Renewal SA and Prince’s Trust Australia. Located in the suburb of Bowden, the development was completed in December 2017 and consists of 8 terraces and 4 mews apartments. The design works with local heritage helping to maintain and build local character and place identity.

It was the first residential project in Australia to be awarded 6 Green Stars ‘As Built’ in its category by the Green Building Council of Australia. Its carbon footprint is reduced by more than 50 per cent when compared to a standard house and is predicted to use 50 per cent less energy and 50 per cent less potable water than a typical urban townhouse. The Mews apartments to the rear were also constructed of recycled bricks.

To add to these qualities, The Prince’s Terrace Adelaide is now home to 12 Australian Defence Force families and has so far been the winner of seven design and sustainability awards, including:

  • Excellence in Sustainability Award 2018 - The Urban Developer Awards
  • Townhouse/Villa Development of the Year - 2018 HIA Australian GreenSmart Awards
  • Townhouse/Villa Development of the Year - 2018 HIA-CSR South Australian Housing Awards
  • Green Building of the Year - 2018 Architecture and Design Sustainability Awards
  • Multiple Dwelling - 2018 Architecture and Design Sustainability Awards
  • Environment Excellence - 2018 UDIA South Australia Awards for Excellence
  • Small-Scale Development (Residential) - 2018 UDIA South Australia Awards for Excellence

The Prince's Quarter Glebe

Prince’s Trust Australia is currently working in partnership with NSW Government - Land and Housing Corporation and the Department of Planning Industry and Environment - on a sustainable housing development project in the inner Sydney suburb of Glebe.

This exciting new development will transform a 1,800 square metre site into a showcase housing project which delivers significant community benefits for Glebe and the inner Sydney area. This project will be sustainable, respect local character and create a mixed income community which includes social and affordable housing.

Plans for the project include the opportunity for a 300 square metre multi-purpose community facility and during the construction phase, there will be opportunities to partner with local education and support services which will help to create career pathways for young people.

Prince’s Trust Australia and the NSW government will engage in stakeholder and community consultations ahead of a planning proposal and development application to be submitted to City of Sydney Council in 2020.


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Prince’s Foundation Summer School

In collaboration with The Prince’s Foundation, Prince’s Trust Australia recently awarded two bursaries for Australian participants to attend The Prince’s Foundation Summer school held in London and Dumfries House, Scotland. The Summer School enables students to develop their knowledge of traditional architecture, design, building, conservation and sustainability.


Tradition plays an important role in developing and maintaining local character

Local character plays a critical role in the way we develop our built environment, manage our heritage and shape our communities. Local character also in influences our experience of a place. It creates place identity and familiarity but also diversity between our neighbourhoods, towns and cities.

Prince’s Trust Australia’s Director for Sustainable Communities, Justin Hewitt, recently contributed an article to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment E-Book ‘Local Character and Place Collection’, to read this and other great articles please click the link below.

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Reef Champion Awards

Prince’s Trust Australia collaborates with the Queensland Farmers Federation and Reef Alliance in the annual Reef Champion Awards. The awards recognise and celebrate the achievements and efforts of outstanding individuals and organisations who have taken action to improve the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef. Each year, Prince’s Trust Australia award The Prince of Wales Environment Leadership - Reef Sustainability Award


Lenny Parisi, Winner of the Reef Champion Awards 2019