WHITE Gum Valley residential development WGV has added to its accolades, receiving national recognition for planning excellence.
The Planning Institute of Australia Best Planning Ideas – Small Project award comes on the back of the innovative LandCorp project winning The Planning Minister’s and Best Planning Ideas – Small Project honours at state level.
LandCorp chief executive Frank Marra said the use of innovative planning to deliver Australia’s community of the future with cutting-edge sustainable initiatives had captured the public’s imagination.
“The PIA award is evidence the wider development industry are now taking notice as well,” he said.
“At the heart of WGV are cutting-edge initiatives delivering high levels of energy and water efficiency that will save the residents around $1200 a year in bills.
“The project is also designed to deliver a range of housing styles and living options including the Gen Y Demonstration Housing Project, an innovative development showcasing flexible and sustainable dwellings for the next generation.”
Mr Marra said WGV was a key project in LandCorp’s Innovation through Demonstration program, which was pushing the boundaries to seek new, smarter ways of living for West Australians.
“This award shows the program is changing people’s perceptions and set new benchmarks for the development industry,” he said.
Mr Marra said the PIA award recognised the strong partnerships between LandCorp and the private sector, local governments and other government departments.
“I would particularly like to thank our award partners Urbis and CODA for their work in developing WGV as an award-winning residential estate, as well as the City of Fremantle,” he said.
“Projects like WGV are vital as we look to accommodate our city’s anticipated long-term growth through urban renewal schemes and infill developments which provide housing diversity in well-planned sustainable communities.” n