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Burke Urban and the Gifford Hill Project Team have established a number of key sustainability objectives which include our aim to achieve accreditation under the the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s EnviroDevelopment Rating system. We acknowledge the environmental and social merits of positive action on a number of issues ranging from the broader “livable neighbourhood” planning approach and community development initiatives through to more practical innovations in engineering and built form.


Kym Burke, Managing Director of Burke Urban has long supported the idea of sustainability although as Kym reflects many innovations in development were not branded as such. “I recall when our Joint Venture with partner group, Estates Development Company received the National UDIA award for Excellence in 2001 for the Ascot Waters’ project in Perth. We were recognized because of the huge effort made in so many areas which would today tick so many of the sustainability criteria. That is why the project also received credit from National Environmental, Landscaping, and Planning and Civil Construction bodies”.

 The Gifford Hill master planning and the detailed architectural and civil components of the state of the art Equestrian Centre and Racecourse facility, provide the first opportunities for us to put this to the test. We challenge the design teams and technical and construction support to focus on these issues of sustainability and to develop innovative solutions, which are also commercially sound.

At Gifford Hill we are working closely with the Rural City of Murray Bridge, Regional Development Australia, SA Water and a wide range of agencies, community groups and businesses to ensure that the project and its many components are designed and built efficiently and attractively, but always within a “small footprint” framework. To achieve this we acknowledge that the first step is to employ and contract experts with specialist skills, who themselves value and respect the sustainability objectives. 

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