The following developments have now been certified as EnviroDevelopments in Victoria:
- Murchison Village (Burbank)
- Cardinia Lakes (Peet Limited)
- Aston (Peet Limited)
- Somerfield Estate (Intrapac)
- Evergreen Waters (Simonds Developments)
- Quarters (Peet)
- The Point
- Marriott Waters
Murchison Village is the first mixed-use medium density development in Victoria to achieve EnviroDevelopment certification. Murchison Village is an outstanding example of the high quality sustainable residential development providing quality living and ongoing benefits to the community.
Located in Roxburgh Park, 20 kilometres north of Melbourne's CBD, the master planned community offers 125 living options, including double storey three and four bedroom townhouses, home and land packages and two bedroom up and over apartments. This is in addition to a five storey apartment building featuring one and two bedroom apartments with secure car parking.
Upon completion, Cardinia Lakes will include 700 residential lots and a neighbourhood activity centre including a shopping centre, cafes, commercial centre, medical centre, community centre, kindergarten and state primary school. An 18ha open space area will also be created, including a lake precinct resulting from the transformation of a disused quarry. The lakes have been rehabilitated and play a role in the treatment and detention of the site's stormwater runoff.
All residents at Cardinia Lakes will be located within 400m of an open space area, allowing increased opportunity for outdoor recreation and interaction. The establishment of a sense of community is further encouraged through a program of community activities. These have included celebrating National Tree Day through a sustainable gardening workshop, a community competition to help name the lakes, and a Waterwise Garden Makeover Competition. Peet also runs a community grants programs, which has sponsored a range of community programs and projects.
Located 25km north of the Melbourne CBD, Aston is a 1,620 lot residential community including parkland, a neighbourhood activity centre and secondary school. The development incorporates a linear wetland treatment train in an open space corridor, which plays a role in improving water quality and providing habitat for the vulnerable Growling Grass Frog.
Peet have established a dedicated community garden within the development which allows residents to work together to grow fruit, vegetables and herbs in raised timber plant boxes. This garden helps foster a sense of environmental stewardship and provides an opportunity for neighbours to meet. Irrigation for the garden is provided from rainwater tanks, and any ongoing irrigation through the remainder of the estate will be sourced from recycled water or a farm dam. The estate has been constructed with the provision of a purple pipe network for future connection to recycled water.
Somerfield Estate is a located in Keysborough, 25km south east of Melbourne. The estate seeks to create a diverse, contemporary and sustainable community that celebrates the natural environment and horticultural heritage of the area. Upon completion, the estate will include six neighbourhoods, each with unique landscaping and design to provide a distinctive character and community identity.
Intrapac have implemented a number of initiatives to support the growth of the Somerfield community. This includes establishing a community grants program, sponsoring local sporting groups, engaging the local community throughout the development process and retaining a 1920s farm house of cultural significance to the local community.
The estate is connected to a third pipe, allowing the use of recycled water for toilet flushing, irrigation, car washing and other external uses. Areas of ecological value are protected in a series of parks, which also add to the visual amenity of the estate and provide recreation opportunities.
Evergreen Waters is located 3 minutes from Epsom and 9 minutes from central Bendigo in a quiet rural setting, nestled amongst bushland rich with native flora and fauna. Upon completion, the site will include 700 lots of varying sizes to build character in the estate and provide diversity for future residents.
The focus of the development is a linear reserve along Jobs Gully Creek, a waterway that dissects the western portion of the site. Wetlands, rain gardens and sediment basins assist in storing and treating stormwater by mimicking natural water filtration processes. The reserve provides for a variety of recreation experiences, with open spaces for informal play and social gathering, and defined activity nodes which include barbeques, shelters and seating. Cycle and pedestrian paths extend through the reserve and the surrounding residential areas, and connect to the adjacent 65km Bendigo Bushland Trail, which provides easy access to extensive bushland reserves and the Bendigo Botanic Gardens. This encouragement of active transport and the array of nature recreation opportunities encourage an appreciation and understanding of the local environment.
Other sustainability features of the development include the provision of recycled water via third pipe technology, resulting in a 40 percent reduction in potable water demand, and the use of EcoBlend Cement in footpaths, kerbs and hard landscaping, which has lower energy consumption and waste production across its lifecycle.
The Quarters development site covers 66 hectares of land previously used for agricultural purposes. The site is located on Evans Road in Cranbourne West approximately 2km from the Cranbourne town centre and 45 minutes drive south east of the Melbourne CBD. Quarters is the first of a series of new Peet communities welcoming another 8,000 or more residents to the area.
Upon completion, the development will consist of approximately 800 dwellings in a range of sizes and will be constructed over 17 stages. In addition to conventional low density residential areas, three medium density 'superlots' will be provided in strategic locations. They have been designed as an interface to future employment areas in the north and west.
The development will include a new government primary school at the northern end of the site, 3.1ha of local parks and a drainage reserve covering 5.5ha of open space. The development's community facilities and the adjacent residential areas will be linked through a system of cycle/pedestrian pathways.
The Point is located 100 km south of Melbourne, and 30 kms east of Geelong. The residential community will be complemented by a multipurpose community centre and 31 hectares of parkland incorporating playgrounds, picnic areas plus cycling and walking paths.
A 56 hectare nature reserve composed of wetlands and conservation areas will provide a natural habitat for local fauna and migratory water birds.
Over half the community is surrounded by a conservation zone that provides critical habitat for migratory species and protects against further development beyond its boundary. The residential community is being built around the network of existing waterways, which will be enhanced and preserved to protect local fauna and bird life and foster the growth of native plants and grasses.
- The Point
- Case Study - The Point - Certification: Ecosystems, waste, energy, materials, water and community.
Set over 130 hectares, Marriott Waters, developed by Villawood Properties, will be home to more than 2500 people and 1000 dwellings set amidst 27 hectares of wetlands, parks and reserves and a network of walking and cycling paths. Upon completion, Marriott Waters will include a primary school, activity centre including retail outlets, an array of recreational facilities and a resident's club featuring a gymnasium, swimming pools, café and communal areas.
Marriott Waters is the only residential community in Lyndhurst currently designed to have direct access to class-A recycled water for non-consuming purposes, providing every household within the estate an alternative water source to irrigate gardens, wash windows and cars and for toilet flushing.