WGV is Bioregional’s 11th One Planet Community and First in WA

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WGV (White Gum Valley), a diverse self-build development led by LandCorp, has been endorsed as Western Australia’s first One Planet Community and the 11th in the world.

Designed to create over 80 homes, WGV will be a vibrant community of sustainable housing types with a pedestrian friendly layout and high-quality green space, just 3km from the centre of Fremantle (Australia’s first One Planet City). The project includes single lots (already on sale) for self-build detached dwellings, maisonettes, apartment buildings, a demonstration housing project aimed at people in their twenties and thirties and an artist’s cooperative developed by Access Housing (Western Australia’s leading not for profit housing provider).

As these buildings will be delivered by private developers and individuals, LandCorp has had to take a highly innovative approach to ensure that sustainability standards are met. The One Planet Action Plan for the development, drawn up in partnership with Bioregional, is helping overcome this challenge by applying the Zero Carbon principle in a straightforward way for all housing types.

To date two of the developers for the apartment sites have been selected and have embraced the One Planet Living framework, with a clear commitment to delivering on their part of the site’s overall One Planet Action Plan.

The action plan details the community’s other ambitious sustainability targets, including:

  • Free ‘Sustainable Upgrade’ package for single lots to ensure zero carbon buildings, provision of a rainwater tank and a mature deciduous tree for shading
  • Private public partnership funding for battery storage of solar-generated electricity being progressed for 50% of all dwellings
  • Multi-residential car parking to average less than one space per unit (very low in car-dependant Perth)
  • Water efficiency measures in order to reach a 70% reduction in potable water consumption (compared average Perth consumption)
  • Resident engagement programme driven by the Low Carbon Living CRC programme and City of Fremantle.

LandCorp is Western Australian (WA) Government’s land and development agency. It aims to develop land for living and working to build WA’s social and economic prosperity. Frank Marra, chief executive at LandCorp, says the endorsement from One Planet Living marks WGV as a truly leading edge example of sustainable living practices:

“We’re incredibly proud of WGV and will continue to work with the Western Australian Government, the private sector and the community to deliver better ways to live, work and improve the quality of life for all Western Australians, today and for future generations”.

Pooran Desai, International Director for One Planet Communities, says: “WGV will set a new standard for sustainable communities in Perth and Western Australia. These pioneering buildings will provide comfortable living standards and keep running costs low. But the most attractive aspects of WGV are the public open space and the diverse creative community, which will ensure that WGV is vibrant, lively and a truly desirable place to live.”

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