Western Australia | Urban
From its inception in 2004, the project sought to improve the connections between the natural and built environment and to partner with community to develop accessible, affordable, safe and vibrant places for living and recreation.
Objectives for the development ranged from development of a ‘model’ green village, production of high quality medium-density housing with a range of types and affordable solutions, providing high residential amenity, enhancing the biodiversity of adjacent open space, facilitating active and passive recreation in well-planned open space and linking to surrounding land uses with design techniques and pedestrian/cycle trails for active transport. Considerations therefore spanned environmental sustainability, infrastructure and transport. Master planning incorporated sustainability principles, resource conservation and innovative housing products. Clear guidelines and tools were provided to builders in order to meet design and performance requirements, including consideration of an attractive streetscape.
Energy performance and water use standards include a minimum 7.5 star energy efficiency rating, and use of solar photovoltaic cells, gas-boosted solar hot water, high thermal performance window options including double glazing, , rainwater harvesting, water efficient appliances and fittings. Guidelines provided for use of materials low in embodied emissions.
The siting and orientation of allotments optimises natural light and access to open space. This medium density housing, in conjunction with high quality public open space and walkable neighbourhoods, sought to encourage use of local facilities and promote recreational and incidental physical activity. Set over 15 hectares, the development includes over 10 hectares of open space, including wetlands and urban forest.
Facilities such as a community garden help to facilitate greater social interaction and an enhanced sense of belonging. Recreation and physical activity opportunities are supported by facilities such as a playground, fitness trail, oval, basketball court and barbeque area. Recycled water is used for parklands irrigation; the perception of greenness can further encourage residents to be physically active. Bicycle and footpath links can be used to access the Klemzig Interchange O-bahn (rapid transit busway) for commuting to the city. Alternatively, a bikeway extends to the city. Cycling facilities, lighting and improvement of linkages to public transport were all considered in the project. During the early establishment of the development, a Sustainability Centre was used to showcase eco-friendly building and living to thousands of visitors. Community development and education are sustained through groups such as Friends of Lochiel Park and Ripples Community Arts, which has completed mosaics on bio-retention pits across the development.