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2 Kookaburra Drive, Yeppoon (Central Queensland).

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Project summary

Sustainable Home Livingstone is prominently located at 2 Kookaburra Drive, Yeppoon, in Council's 'Capricorn Gardens' residential estate.
In January 2006, Rockhampton Regional Council appointed Latitude Homes as the designers for the house through a tendering process. Council then appointed Latitude Homes in November 2006 as the successful builder to construct Sustainable Home Livingstone. Latitude Homes were already renowned locally for affordable, sustainable housing design, and they have an established local network of product suppliers and services.

Apart from its integrated sustainable design features, Sustainable Home Livingstone included:


Rockhampton Regional Council covers a total area of 11,775 km² and includes the urban centres of Yeppoon and Emu Park. The Shire is projected to record the highest average annual rate of growth in the Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast region (includes Rockhampton City and Livingstone, Mt Morgan and Fitzroy Shires), between 2001 and 2026.

As the Capricorn Coast has seen a significant shift in the demographic makeup of its homebuyers, much of this change can be attributed to three principal drivers:

The region's housing demand is dominantly being driven by the mining sector, where families choose to reside on the Capricorn Coast, with one family member travelling to a mine site to work and return during rostered breaks.

Key objective

The Livingstone community has gained a greater awareness of sustainable development principles, and the real need for sustainable living. The Sustainable Home Livingstone project provided an excellent opportunity to support this objective through its practical demonstration to influence local housing industry providers and the community about the benefits of sustainable design and construction. The home aimed to be affordable, contemporary and appealing. Its design features and their benefits were viewed for both the new home and renovations/retrofit market.

Key facts

Climate zone
Sub-tropical – Climate Zone 2

Project manager
Rockhampton Regional Council

Latitude Homes

Builder and consultant partner
Latitude Homes

Supply sponsors



Construction type

Construction phase
Commenced: November 2006
Completed: July 2007

Lot size
Land: 1015m²

House size
Living space: 180 m²
Garage: 40 m²
Total Floor Area (GFA): 220 m²
Covered outdoor area: 50 m²

Land cost
Approx. $100,000

Construction cost
Approx. $350,000

Capricorn Gardens Estate

Design workshops

Rockhampton Regional Council and Latitude Homes held 2 half-day shopfronts in March 2006 at the Keppel Bay Plaza Shopping Centre to publically announce the Sustainable Home Livingstone project, and the key messages of the statewide Sustainable Homes program.

Council and Latitude Homes then held the 'Livingstone Sustainable Home Show & Design Preview' in April 2006 to publicly launch the preliminary designs for Sustainable Home Livingstone, including gaining feedback on its design. More than 160 people attended the evening, making it one of the most successful community consultation sessions the Program has seen.

Council has also attended several local festivals and expo's through a display stall promoting Sustainable Home Livingstone, which also provided general sustainable housing information. These events included:

Project milestones

Design endorsement of Sustainable Home Livingstone – 15 th August 2006.
Sod Turning Ceremony – 20 th November 2006.

Sustainable Design features

Sustainable Home Livingstone's sustainable design features include:

Rainwater tanks
Size: 2x10,000 litre tanks.
Application: Outdoor use on the gardens & indoor use in the toilets & washing machine.

Hot water system
Solar hot water system (electric boosted)

House Energy Rating
5-star energy efficiency (BERS rated)

Internal environment
Internal features include:

External environment
Landscaping will include local natives and plants that require minimal water. Greywater will be collected and treated before being used to sub-surface irrigate gardens.

Related links

Livingstone Shire Council became part of Rockhampton Regional Council in 2008.


Last updated April 2009










Map to sustainable home Livingstone
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Formal and public opening 7 July 2007
Sustainable home Livingstone
Looking at the home from the south
Sod turning ceremony
Sod turning ceremony: construction starts
Project team
The Sustainable Home Livingstone project team
Lot for sustainable home Livingstone
The lot has been selected for Sustainable Home Livingstone

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Livingstone sustainable home image

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Livingstone sustainable home image

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Department of Public Works
Illuminating Engineering Society
Australian Green Development Forum
Bendigo Bank
Housing Industry Association
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Planning Institute of Australia
Queensland Master Builders Association
Queensland Government