We're delighted to share the next park and playground at Highlands - Sustainable Park. Sustainable Park is an open space and playground that uses old construction materials from all around Highlands.
What are the sustainable initiatives proposed for Sustainable Drive?
More about the initiatives is below.
Native Planting to Verges
By installing native planting such as Red box (Eucalyptus Polyanthemos) trees and Broad Leaf Creeping Boobialla (Myoporum Parvifolium) plants in lieu of hydro-seed or turf to the verges along Sustainable Drive, Stockland are proactively reducing water requirements to maintain the landscaping. It also means plants will be more resilient to weather conditions throughout the year which means a more attractive streetscape all year round.
Big Bio Compost
Big Bio is a company based in Somerton, Victoria with a ‘Circular Food’ objective. They turn food waste into fertiliser using industrial worm farms. For Sustainable Drive residents, Stockland is offering each home up to $200 worth of products from Big Bio including a compost bin, a worm farm and organic fertiliser.
7-star NatHERS and Silver Level LHA rated homes contributions
Stockland is working with VCon homes to deliver making eight homes along Sustainable Drive with 7-Star NatHERS energy efficiency ratings and a minimum Gold level LHA rating. This will help improve the energy efficiency of the homes, and ensure the homes is easier to access, navigate and live in, as well as be most cost effective to adapt when life’s circumstances change. You can read more about these ratings by visiting http://www.nathers.gov.au/ or http://www.livablehousingaustralia.org.au/
Sustainable Park & Playground
Sustainable Park is a 1.5ha public park and playground for the community that will be constructed from recycled materials from in and around the community. The hero playground piece is called “The Nest” which is a spiral staircase tower surrounding by stick cladding that has been collected from around Highlands. Concrete steps, timber animals, carved logs, tree sculptures, musical instruments and type spinners will also make up the play space. The park makes use of and recycles old construction materials such as rocks, reclaimed house bricks, concrete pipes and pillars and tyres. The concrete in the park is made up of Sustainable Concrete - eCrete . The park is due to open to the public in early 2019 Join our Facebook page to keep an eye out for the opening!
Stockland’s commitment to sustainability
At Stockland, sustainability is about ensuring we leave our communities in great shape for future generations. We place an extremely high emphasis on our responsibility to look after the environment and continue our commitment to reduce our carbon footprint. Click here to read more about Stockland’s sustainability strategy.