urban planning & facilities management
Willana is a consultancy providing expertise in the areas of urban planning and facilities management. The combined experience of the Willana team provides a comprehensive knowledge base for our business and enables us to offer services in a variety of professional areas. Our diverse range of backgrounds includes experience in local government, tertiary institutions, media and international planning and design consultancies.
Our success is built on our diligence, creativity and responsiveness to the demands of our clients. We have the knowledge and experience to be pro-active in the planning process and are committed to providing good design solutions that will not be seen as a legacy in years to come.
The reputation of Willana is built on the ability of the practice to produce innovative, economical and creative solutions. Our objective and professional advice enables us to deliver a wide range of projects, whilst maintaining a high standard of quality.
Willana can deliver the following unique attributes to your project:
A track record in Project Management of both large and small projects..
A thorough understanding of the planning process.
Successful outcomes through a sensitive approach to community consultation.
Extensive experience in the planning of complex developments.
Significant experience across an impressive range of commercial, industrial and residential projects.
Check our selection of successfully completed projects.
willana environmental statement
Willana Associates is committed to conducting our business in an environmentally responsible manner, consistent with our commitment to corporate social responsibility and sustainability. Our commitment to environmental awareness and preservation is reflected throughout our business. We fulfill this commitment by:
Minimising waste from our office and other activities through prevention, reduction, re-use and recycling;
Adopting more energy efficient practices to reduce our contribution to global climate change (these practices include opening windows in the office rather than turning on the air conditioning, at close of business turning off all electrical equipment in the office including PCs and PC monitors and printers, using natural light when appropriate, and only using the staff dishwasher when it is full);
Seeking to minimise the impact that our use of transport has on the environment through the use of more sustainable forms of transport;
Ensuring our procurement of materials and services that we need encourages sustainability and promotes the wise and efficient use of resources.
Purchasing renewable, reusable, recycled materials when feasible.
We will maintain monitoring programs to ensure compliance with our policy and objectives.
willana associates Green Travel Plan Policy Statement
Willana Associates recognises the increasing need to limit traffic congestion, car dependency and increase the use of public transport and non-motorised modes such as walking and cycling.
Objectives of Willana’s Green Travel Plan
To reduce the overall number of vehicle trips for journey to work and business travel.
To reduce the level of car travel to Willana’s office by clients and service providers.
Willana Green Travel Plan Actions
The Willana Green Travel Plan seeks to reduce car dependency through the following actions:
All staff will receive and have access to comprehensive public transport and local bicycle route information.
General staff car parking is not provided on-site at Willana offices to encourage use of public transport, walking and cycling.
Over 50% of our staff are local to the offices and are within walking distance of Willana.
Using Willana’s intranet a car pooling system is implemented. Staff that car pool will have access to on-site parking.
Staff are encouraged to use public transport for site visits and visiting clients.
Facilities for bicycle storage are available at Willana offices.
Willana has established protocol and support for staff to work from home.
Information on access to Willana’s offices via public transport is available on Willana’s contact us page in an effort to promote alternative travel choices for our clients and service providers.
Monitoring and Review
Willana’s Green Travel Plan will be monitored and reviewed on a regular basis. It is important to ensure the Green Travel Plan is meeting its objectives and having the intended impacts on car use and transport choice. The Plan is designed to be updated and changed to reflect changing circumstances.
waste management program
At Willana Associates, we are committed to reducing, reusing and recycling our waste rather than simply disposing of it.
What do we want to achieve?
Our aim is to;
reduce the amount of waste we produce;
reuse what we can or donate it to others eg, schools, pet shops, etc
recycle as much as possible of what is left
dispose of any leftover waste in a responsible manner.
We are keen to partner with our neighbours; Randwick City Council, UNSW and neighbouring developments on programs to reduce, reuse and recycle waste.
How are we performing?
We have made substantial improvements in the Company in the reduction of our waste. At the end of each financial year, we assess the volume of paper stock used in the year. The comparisons to previous years are promising to eventually maintaining a paperless office environment.
Due to the nature of our business it is inevitable that staff work within a paper based environment. It has been a unanimous decision to change the way in which the office functions, moving from a hard copy, paper based environment to an electronic environment. We are keen to educate our clients in the way our business manages its environment, encouraging emails, pdf copies of drawings etc as a way of limiting paper wastage.
Paper that is purchased is 100% recycled. Separate recycle bins are supplied to each employee. The paper is collected each week and sorted. Paper that can be reused in the printer/copier is placed is separate trays. Paper that is already recycled is placed in the shredding machine for collection. The shredded material is collected by an external contractor and recycled to make 100% recycled paper.
Co-mingled (including glass bottles, aluminium cans and PET bottles) and general waste is placed in a recycle bin each week. It is assumed that the material is recycled appropriately by Council’s contractors.
Our photocopy tone cartridges are all recycled.
Glass is collected in separate bins in the office and recycled accordingly.
Computers and other equipment
Willana Associates has as a policy that equipment is leased for a period of no less than 3 years. Once the lease expires, the item/s are returned and a new lease arrangement is activated. This reduces the need to dispose of equipment. Equipment that is purchased and is outdated is offered to primary schools in the local area or to charity shops, if in good working order.
What are we doing?
We are currently working to identify, quantify and confirm what we are doing with each of the different waste streams. The next step is to identify gaps and opportunities for projects to reduce annual waste by changing our purchasing patterns, reusing materials and recycling as much waste as possible.
To reduce paper use we are:
defaulting all computer to double-sided printing
encouraging clients to default their printers and photocopiers to double-sided printing
switching all paper towels to recycled paper towels
To make paper recycling easier we are:
providing a recycling box at every desk
providing large recycling bins near the printer/photocopier
sending collected paper to a specialist contractor