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Innovation in the urban development sector - big ideas, new technologies, integrated design


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Innovation in the urban development sector - big ideas, new technologies, integrated design

  • Sydney Water 1 Smith Street Parramatta NSW Australia (map)

You are invited to attend a seminar bringing together local and state government practitioners and developers titled:

Innovation in the urban development sector - big ideas, new technologies, integrated design

Our changing urban form offers opportunities for vibrant, walkable suburbs that support a connected community. Urban growth and densification, climate change, and increasing health costs, are driving an increased interest in green infrastructure and water sensitive urban design due to the multiple benefits that they can provide.

In this national seminar series, we showcase innovative developments that create the types of communities that we all want to live in. Each development demonstrates how integrated design can deliver leafy suburbs that connect communities through access to high-quality private spaces, streetscapes and parks, with active links to healthy urban waterways. Combined, all of this offers lifestyles that support improved physical and mental wellbeing.

This is your chance to hear from project managers of award winning developments across Australia who have incorporated innovative urban water management into successful housing developments. The key focus of this seminar is to learn:

  • why we should embrace new approaches to urban greening and sustainable urban water management

  • the challenges to innovation and how they were overcome

  • the enabling factors that contributed to the development’s successes

  • how the market is responding to these innovative developments

White Gum Valley (Western Australia), Aquarevo (Victoria), and Fairwater and Central Park (New South Wales) have responded to community demand for sustainable housing choices, lower utility costs, and developments that offer attractive tree-lined streets to support more active lifestyles, providing high quality lifestyles.

Who should attend?

Anyone from the public or private sector who is interested in designing, approving or building new residential communities in NSW. Particularly strategic planners, landscape architects, designers, engineers and all types of sustainability professionals.


Venue: Sydney Water Building, 1 Smith Street Parramatta, Level 4
Date: Thursday 14 February 2019
Time: 8:30 - 12:00 followed by a light lunch and networking
Cost: $150 (inc. GST) - Splash Members, CRCWSC Members or $185 (inc. GST) - Non-members

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White Gum Valley, WA

White Gum Valley is a 2.2ha medium density development in the Fremantle suburb of White Gum Valley. The LandCorp ‘Innovation Through Demonstration’ project showcases precinct-scale design excellence on a number of levels by incorporating diverse building types, climate sensitive considerations, creative urban greening and leading-edge energy and water management strategies. The innovations at WGV are being captured via a series of research programs in cooperation with research partners including Curtin University, the CRC for Low Carbon Living, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and ARENA. With a number of dwellings now occupied, performance data and practical learnings are being collected and widely shared to inform subsequent development projects by LandCorp and others.

Aquarevo, VIC

Aquarevo is a new community developed through cooperation between Villawood Properties and South East Water. Located in the heart of Lyndhurst, this new urban infill community will ultimately have 460 residential dwellings on a 42-hectare site. The development features 5 hectares of open space, wetlands, parks, and walking trails. Aquarevo aims to be Australia’s most water and energy-efficient urban residential development, pushing boundaries for what can be achieved in sustainable living. Enabled by technology Aquarevo homes will use up to 70% less drinking water than a typical Melbourne home through the use of recycled water for toilets, laundry and gardening, and treated rainwater for showering and bathing. A mini electrical grid is being created that will use excess electricity generated from rooftop solar from homes to power the onsite water recycling plant. Villawood will supply each new home with a battery. The first houses are now being built and new residents will be moving in during 2019.

Fairwater, NSW

Formerly the site of a private golf course, Fairwater is a highly connected and convenient community just moments from lively Blacktown CBD in Western Sydney. Set amid secure and tranquil surrounds, each contemporary designed residence at Fairwater takes inspiration from the views across ponds, wetlands, gardens and natural landscapes. Fairwater boasts over 9.5 hectares of dedicated public open space. Local flora has been retained and relocated to create a distinct and lush natural habitat, while tree lined streets lead to pockets of green.