Woodlea: Aiming to be Australia’s Healthiest Community

Woodlea: Aiming to be Australia’s Healthiest Community

Since its inception in 2015, Woodlea Estate in Victoria has worked alongside industry professionals to achieve many sustainability wins and today, is recognised as the largest masterplanned community in Australia to achieve all six EnviroDevelopment ‘leaves’.

30 percent of the estate being dedicated to green open space, every home is within 200 metres of green outdoor space, and degraded systems are being actively regenerated.

The estate is built on sustainable foundations in an effort to nurture and protect the original environment, especially the Deanside Wetlands, Kororoit Creek corridor and one of the last remaining remnant patches of River Red Gum woodlands in Melton City Council.

Well over $15 million has been injected into environmental restoration and public infrastructure works to preserve bushland and waterways.

As well as preserving existing natural landmarks, Woodlea also boasts the first purpose-built growling grass frog habitat in Victoria through an initiative in consultation with Melbourne Water and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

Forming part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to protect and connect populations of the Growling Grass Frog, Woodlea delivered the project in 2021 to rehabilitate the endangered frog species, pioneering a sensitive landscaping plan in a first-of-its-kind initiative.

Woodlea have also installed an apiary containing five onsite beehives, which are located near the Kororoit Creek and home to thousands of European honey bees, to push the benchmark of what constitutes a healthy and sustainable community.

Acting Project Director, Charbel Youssef said the community apiary raised awareness and education around the importance of bees and the vital role they play within our ecosystem.

“With stringent standards continuing to be implemented by ecologists, landscape architects, town planners, engineers and economists to uphold an exemplary EnviroDevelopment accredited community, the Woodlea approach encourages a safe, healthy and active lifestyle. The significant allocation of open space dedicated to conservation along with passive and active uses, integrated with an extensive network of walking and cycling paths, truly allows our residents to connect with their lush surroundings and celebrate these natural assets for many years to come.

“Sustainable upkeep and maintenance of the parklands is another major factor, with drought tolerant planting, use of recycled water, passive irrigation and energy reduction also considered to keep the suburb green and minimise the demand on resources,” said Mr Youssef.

Making up over 30 hectares of green open space, Woodlea will be home to over 20,000 residents upon completion. With the World Health Organisation recommending an average of 9 sqm per resident, Woodlea offers nearly 70 percent more space for a healthy urban ecosystem, at 15 sqm of space per resident and has planted over 31,000 trees, with the help of their residents, as an ongoing rehabilitation and conservation program.

Woodlea’s vision is to become Australia’s healthiest community, and in doing so, hopes to lift the benchmark for what is expected within masterplanned estates.

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