Vista Park Leading by Example in Regional NSW

Wongawilli is a small village 15 minutes’ drive south-west of Wollongong on the New South Wales south coast nestled up against the dramatic Illawarra Escarpment. Sharing its postcode with better known suburb of Dapto, it has stepped out from the shadow of its surrounds with its own character and identity stemming from its coal mining and dairy farming history.

It is here, quietly positioned between coast and country that you find Vista Park – a highly acclaimed and award-winning master planned community that is setting the pace for greenfield development. Developed by boutique Sydney based diversified property group – Sheargold, Vista Park is split into three distinct precincts, each with their own theme and paying respect to the sites heritage. All fully certified by EnviroDevelopment, they include:

The Ridge – first R5 Zoned (lareg lot) land in Wollongong LGA (min 2,000sqm). An exclusive offering of 70 large semi-rural home sites with a modern interpretation of colonial Australian architecture seen throughout.

The Grove – 110 home sites with integrated medium density adjacent to a lineal parkland which will feature restored mining artefacts from the nearby coal mine.

The Vale – captivates the history and heritage, deriving its name from the original farm and heritage-listed Homestead that has been restored and converted for use as the projects sale and information centre.

With multiple new greenfields developments springing up around this designated release area, Vista Park has relied on its main points of differentiation to set the pace and lead from example in this increasingly competitive market. One of which was the decision to become fully certified with EnviroDevelopment, where Vista Park was one of the first in NSW to achieve this level of accreditation.

Carrying on from his grandfather’s legacy setup over 50 years ago, Sheargold Managing Director, Michael Sheargold, says of the EnviroDevelopment certification ‘We see our jobs not to simply provide a place for a home to be built, but to create an inspiring space where people want to live and enjoy a good quality of life. It’s our responsibility as developers to create spaces like this with the least amount of impact on the environment as possible and to educate and hopefully inspire our residents in sustainable living.’

The wholistic way in which EnviroDevelopment assesses and accredits projects then inspired the way in which Vista Park analysed individual home design. Vista Park’s distinct Design Guidelines also utilized the EnviroDevelopment certification process by using it as a benchmark for home design, site analysis as well as the obvious environmental and sustainability targets that each home needs to comply with.

The of significance of initiatives and accreditations like EnviroDevelopment can now be seen and leveraged to create real value for a projects brand. When asked in post-purchase surveys on what attracted them most about purchasing 1 in 4 Vista Park residents nominated the EnviroDevelopment certification.

And the education of Vista Park’s future residents only starts there. In efforts to help both purchasers and project builders become more aware, Vista Park has gone on to create brochures full of tips for a more sustainable community. Researching the building process provides information on things like recycled content of typical building products, what products can be full or partially recycled as well as buying guides for new materials with a lower environmental impact.

The industry looks bright with projects like Vista Park leading the way in the industry and encouraging its residents to make an informed decision for their generations still to come.

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