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Rotary Club of Mundingburra Inc


1 Burford Ct, (cnr Rochford Street and Burford Court, 'Willowbank Estate', Kirwan (Townsville/Thuringowa, North Queensland)

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Now closed.

The home has been sold and all proceeds from the sale will be donated to charity.

Project summary

Rotary Sustainable Home Kirwan is a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom family home that had been designed using the Smart Housing Design Objectives and incorporated sustainable housing design concepts and technologies suitable for the dry tropics region.

Key attributes of the home included were: design for comfort, flexibility and liveability, features which made it safe, flexible and easy to use by people of all ages and abilities. The home is naturally cool, has significantly less need for air-conditioning, and is efficient in its use of energy and water.

Rotary Sustainable Home Kirwan was a community project of the Rotary Club of Mundingburra Inc.  Rotary had two clear intentions when commencing this project: to raise funds for charity and to educate the public about appropriate sustainable housing practices for North Queensland.

Proceeds from the sale of the property to be donated to the SpinalInjuries North Queensland (major beneficiary) and also the Life Education Unit, Rotary Overseas Medical Aid for Children, Volunteer Coastguard (Townsville Flotilla), Foodbank and the Townsville Community Learning Centre.

Rotary intended this project to be a business model which would be repeated in future years on other sites.

Key facts

Climate zone
Tropical – Climate Zone 1

Local council
Townsville City Council“ (

Project coordinator
Rotary Club of Mundingburra (

Bill Barber Design and Drafting

Rotary Club of Mundingburra

Commenced: September 2006
Completed: August 2007

Sustainable design features

Passive design (for tropics)

Integration of indoor / outdoor living

Material choices

Flexible use

Water efficiency

Energy efficiency


Universal design – accessibility

Universal design – easy use by all


Construction type
Timber frame with aerated concrete panel (Hebel) and Weathertex cladding and slab on ground.

More information

For more information about Rotary Sustainable Home Kirwan see Self Guided Tour Brochure. Also click on the map at right for a map and directions on how to find the home - it's in a new estate and not in most street directories yet.

Last updated April 2009



P8100646 Welcoming entre Fully Accessible
Welcoming entry and fully accessible
Directions Plan
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Louvres for flow through ventilation
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Accessible patio and path right around house
Official opening with Thuringowa City Council Mayor Cr Les Tyrell and Mundingburra Rotary Club President Neil Andrews
Official opening with Thuringowa City Council Mayor Cr Les Tyrell and Mundingburra Rotary Club President Neil Andrews
Official opening participants
Official opening participants
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Department of Public Works
Illuminating Engineering Society
Australian Green Development Forum
Bendigo Bank
Housing Industry Association
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Urban Development Institute of Australia        Australian Institute of Architects
Planning Institute of Australia
Queensland Master Builders Association
Queensland Government