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 delivering related education and training for young professionals. 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 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.


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

Sydney Mid-Rise Development

Watch this space for our next exciting project.

In collaboration with the New South Wales State Government the new development will demonstrate how density can be successfully added to city locations that is sustainable and meets the needs of growing populations. Through consultation with local residents, the development will create opportunities for the wider community and provide education and skills training for young people during construction. It will respect local identity and architecture and create mixed income communities for a diverse and balanced mix of people.

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


Gerry Deguara, Winner of the Reef Champion Awards 2018