Stockland has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star – Communities rating for its Caloundra South development on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, the largest mixed-use development under single ownership in Australia.
According to Green Building Council of Australia chief executive Romilly Madew, the development, which aims to become home to 50,000 residents over the next three decades, shows it is possible to do massive scale development with good environmental and social outcomes.
“Stockland has done an outstanding job to formulate a world’s best practice approach to water treatment, purification and management, and environmental conservation and rehabilitation for its Caloundra South Master Plan, while also demonstrating inspirational thinking around social inclusion that will enhance the ‘liveability’ of this new community,” Ms Madew said.
Environmentally sensitive urban design and social inclusion initiatives include:
- more than 700 hectares of the 2310ha site will be rehabilitated from decades of use as a former pine plantation and designated as a conservation area
- new habitats for rare and endangered flora and fauna species will be created with fauna underpasses at every major creek crossing
- installation of what Stockland says is the most advanced water reticulation, filtration, storage and treatment system installed in any Australian city, which will recycle water, minimise run-off and ensure the protection of the nearby Pumicestone Passage
- annual environmental reporting will assess the development of the project against stringent water quality and biodiversity measures
- Stockland will establish an environmental education facility and run sustainability awareness programs to promote life-long learning amongst residents and local school children
- a dedicated Caloundra South economic development strategy will target the creation of 19,500 direct jobs, creating long-term local employment opportunities
Stockland managing director and chief executive Mark Steinart said the rating was important because it considered “the social and economic sustainability and environmental performance of communities, not just during construction but in perpetuity”.