Cape director and resident Rhonda Renwick (centre) at an awards ceremony with Hilda and Samuel Johnson, who was named the 2018 Victorian Australian of the Year.

The Cape was a finalist in the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards for their work in the environment field, including creating a house with a 10-star energy rating.

THE Cape Sustainable Housing Project at Cape Paterson and one of its directors, Rhonda Renwick, were selected as finalists in October in two prestigious Victorian awards.
The Cape was a finalist for the Victorian Premier’s sustainability awards in two categories – Built Environment and Environmental Protection, while Cape director and future resident Rhonda Renwick was selected as finalist for Victorian Senior Australian of the Year.
Interim chief executive of Sustainability Victoria, Stephanie Ziersch, praised The Cape team for their creative and insightful work towards building a more sustainable environment.
“These awards represent Victoria’s highest recognition for sustainability and acknowledge leadership, innovation and achievement,” she said.
“Each finalist should be congratulated for improving sustainable outcomes across business, government and within the community.”
The Cape at Cape Paterson is a scaled community of homes that are warm in winter and cool in summer, reduce energy bills to a fraction of the running costs of a conventional estate, and set a benchmark for sustainable living.
All homes achieve minimum standards of 7.5 star energy rating, 2.5kW solar PV systems, 10,000L of rainwater storage, and have provision for charging long range electric vehicles, with a range of features that optimise the environmental and social performance of the house and community.
Homes at The Cape set residents up very well for a comfortable, sustainable and low-cost future.
The Cape has also completed the first section of one of the largest urban food gardens in Victoria that is already providing residents with year-round organic produce, has a program to protect remnant vegetation and local wildlife, and publically provides information on building super-efficient, low running cost, carbon neutral, climate adapted housing.
Cape director Brendan Condon praised the Cape team, including Bass Coast builders TS Constructions, Martin Builders and Sociable Weaver, and local designers Beaumont Concepts and Adapt Design, for their work in delivering the project to date.
He also acknowledged great contribution across many decades by Cape co-director Rhonda Renwick, for her work across business, sustainability and philanthropy.
“We are thrilled to have Rhonda Renwick, a director and resident at The Cape, selected as finalist for the Victorian Senior Australian of the Year, which recognises her significant contribution to the Australian community and nation,” he said.
“Rhonda has been a trailblazer in her work in business and the not-for-profit sector.
“As owner of Latrobe Valley Bus Lines Rhonda has overseen the introduction of low emission, more sustainable buses to the valley, and she has overseen many initiatives across Australia with her Kindred Spirits Foundation, which supports local projects aimed at encouraging and strengthening communities, by addressing the social and environmental issues affecting their quality of life.”