• WGV endorsed as a Waterwise Development
  • Targeting 70 per cent reduction in water use
  • Estate to become WA’s most water efficient

LandCorp’s WGV at White Gum Valley residential development was recognised today for its exemplary water-saving initiatives, earning the Water Corporation’s Waterwise Development endorsement.

Once the estimated savings have been realised at WGV, the estate is set to be the most water efficient Waterwise Development in Western Australia.

Speaking at an industry event to mark the occasion, Chief Executive Frank Marra said LandCorp was committed to “leading by doing”.

“Innovation and sustainability are central to our business as we seek to improve the quality of life of all Western Australians, today and for future generations,” Mr Marra said.

“We believe in leading by doing, and WGV is just one of our many Innovation through Demonstration projects to champion sustainable land and infrastructure development practices.

“The approach to water-saving at WGV focused on maximising natural resources, implementing water sensitive urban design and applying efficiency measures.

“By taking a comprehensive approach to maximising the use of all water at WGV, the development will achieve a 70 per cent reduction in water use for single residential dwellings, compared with an average Perth household.

“Key initiatives to drive this reduction include a unique community bore irrigation system, integrated stormwater management and rainwater harvesting systems, and the use of water efficient fixtures and appliances, real time monitoring and low water use landscaping.

 

“WGV is Western Australia’s first project to achieve national recognition from global sustainability initiative, One Planet Living, so we are extremely proud to add this accolade to the development.”

Water Corporation Chief Executive Officer, Sue Murphy, said the Waterwise Development Program acknowledged the important role of the development sector to build waterwise communities.  

“Perth has experienced a persistent drying climate, which makes Waterwise Developments an important part of our water future,” Mrs Murphy said.

“Perth residents have done extremely well in reducing their water use over the past decade, however with an extremely dry winter and a forecast dry spring and summer ahead, we need to continue our efforts to be waterwise. 

“Every drop of water at WGV will be treated like the precious resource it is and I look forward to visiting the development when it is completed and seeing its waterwise efforts first-hand.”

Water saving initiatives at WGV are the result of the collaborative efforts of LandCorp, the Water Corporation and Josh Byrne & Associates, working with the Department of Water, UDIA, the City of Fremantle and the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities.

There are 13 Waterwise Developments across the State, including Alkimos Beach and Carine Rise. The Waterwise Development Program is run by the Water Corporation in affiliation with the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s (WA Division) EnviroDevelopment Program. It recognises the importance of designing homes and communities to be more water efficient. 

WGV is located just three kilometres from the heart of Fremantle on a two hectare site, previously home to the former Kim Beazley School which closed in 2008.

The redevelopment of the site is in line with Government policy to provide diverse housing options and optimise the use of existing infrastructure while catering for ongoing population growth in metropolitan Perth.

For more information on WGV, please visit landcorp.com.au/innovation/wgv. For more information on the Waterwise Development Program, please visit watercorporation.com.au

 


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