Stockland’s popular Selandra Rise community in Melbourne’s south-east has been named Victoria’s best masterplanned development in the prestigious 2016 UDIA Awards for Excellence.
Selandra Rise was planned and developed as an example of how a new, masterplanned community can improve the quality of life, health and wellbeing of residents.
Mike Davis, General Manager Victoria Residential at Stockland, said Selandra Rise is a blueprint for future developments when it comes to the creation of healthy, highly liveable and sustainable communities.
“We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved at Selandra Rise and through this award the UDIA has recognised those achievements,” Mr Davis said.
“At Stockland we believe that communities are more than just bricks and mortar. They are places for people to live, work, play and thrive.
“Selandra Rise is unique. It was planned, designed and developed with an absolute focus on the health and wellbeing of its residents, and this includes access to diverse and affordable housing and local employment.”
The award comes as Stockland prepares to launch a new community in Melbourne’s booming south-east corridor.
The new community will be less than 3km from Selandra Rise and is on the corner of Pattersons Road and Tuckers Road in Clyde North, close to established schools, shopping, health and sporting facilities.
Clyde Creek will run through the heart of the new community, which will offer land, house and land packages and future town homes.
Selandra Rise was conceived and designed through an innovative partnership between the private sector, industry authorities, state and local government.
After years of research into creating healthier, more liveable urban environments, the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) decided a demonstration project was needed to exemplify the suggested health and wellbeing outcomes.
Stockland formed partnerships with the Metropolitan Planning Authority, VicHealth, the City of Casey and the Planning Institute of Australia to plan, design and deliver Selandra Rise as this demonstration project.
“It wasn’t just governments and planning authorities who were involved in planning Selandra Rise. At all stages of the development we sought and received input from the community,” Mr Davis said.
“People of all ages, backgrounds and stages of the property journey contributed ideas to the project, and this helped to create an outstanding level of community ownership.
“This included design workshops for the parks and open spaces at Selandra Rise and even a public competition to name the community.”
Selandra Rise was designed to offer everything residents need - for home, work and leisure - all within easy walking distance.
This includes schools, retail and community centres, health and childcare services, local employment and aged care services as well as open space, parks, playgrounds and walking tracks.
Mr Davis said the early delivery of key infrastructure was vital to the success of Selandra Rise.
“At Selandra Rise, the first students were at their desks at St Peter’s College before the first residents moved in. The first park opened six months later and a Go Get community car was available just a few months after that,” he said.
“The early opening of Selandra Community Place meant there was somewhere for the first residents to get together, helping build relationships with their new neighbours.”
Selandra Community Place is an 8-star home that is a community space where residents can meet, join classes, access sports and fitness programs, learn about sustainability and engage with City of Casey programs.
Mr Davis said Stockland wanted to improve the quality of life for people, not just residents at Selandra Rise but in communities across Australia.
“Selandra Rise will help inform and guide the planning of new communities across Australia. The great success of this community will be its legacy.”
More than 2,500 people live at Selandra Rise and the community is now complete.
To register your interest in the new Clyde North community go to www.stockland.com.au/clydenorth.