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Villawood takes a holistic approach to sustainability to ensure continuous positive economic, environment and social outcomes, across our communities, our business and the world at large.

Positive Change

Since 2008, Villawood has gifted the equivalent in total size of each residential block it sells, to the State Forest system, helping to preserve the beautiful Kamarooka Forest, which sits within the Greater Bendigo National Park.  This land is a critical habitat for local indigenous flora and fauna and is also home to the bees that produce Villawood’s delicious honey.

This ensures the forest is preserved for future generations and each new resident is given a tub of Villawood honey in recognition that they have given back to their community and their environment, just by buying into a Villawood development.  Villawood has already gifted more than 2 million square metres of land through this initiative, or approximately 5,500 lots. This is around 200 times the size of Melbourne’s MCG.

Additionally, tree planting days have become a regular event across our communities to hosted to drive engagement with our residents and deliver positive environmental outcomes

Water and energy efficiency

Villawood is committed to supporting government initiatives that will help secure water supplies for current and future generations.  In 2016, We delivered Aquarevo, a ground-breaking development in Lyndhurst that incorporates water-sensitive design principles and innovative technology.  The development was recognised for water and energy-efficient urban residential development by the UDIA across six areas of sustainability – water, ecosystems, community, waste, materials and energy (EnviroDevelopment accreditation).

We also introduced recycled water at Marriott Waters in 2003, contributing its four leaf EnviroDevelopment accreditation, and have since delivered recycled water to 10 further communities.

Giving back

Supporting charities is integral to the Villawood spirit and each year dozens organisations, sports clubs, neighbourhood and community groups are recipients of assistance, ranging from financial grants through to good old fashioned elbow grease.

Villawood works with a range of organisations across Melbourne, Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat, Warrnambool, NSW and Queensland, from actively seeks community groups that may not have the profile to attract larger sponsors through to its flagship philanthropic initiative, the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal Charity Home Auction.

Affordability

Villawood’s philosophy is to make buying a home accessible to families and  First Home Buyers. Every family is different, so we offer a range of lot sizes and mixed density in all developments to improve affordability and cater to all demographics and budgets. We also work closely with our builder partners to offer the most cost-effective build solutions and improve affordability.

We also aim to design developments that help attract major retailers and provide economic benefit to the community, including the creation of employment opportunities within the local area and within developments themselves.  Some of our most recent initiatives include:

  • First Home Buyers $30K Kick Start Special in our Geelong and Bendigo-based communities to improve housing affordability.
  • Staging ballots at Aquarevo to help families secure new homes at a fair price in the face of high demand.
  • Villawood sales contracts were updated to block unfair practices by speculators, such as hoarding lots for the purpose of profiteering and the transfer of contracts without properly disclosing the profits.

Award Winning Initiatives

For nearly thirty years Villawood has led the way in pairing innovation with sustainability to create award-winning communities

2017 – Aquarevo, Lyndhurst receives Six Leaf UDIA EnviroDevelopment accreditation in recognition of its innovative approach to water management

2016 – Armstrong, Mt Duneed receives the UDIA Annual Awards for ExcellenceLandscape Award in recognition of the Australian-first Green Street Display Village concept, combining a closed-street display village with a children’s playground.

2014 -Armstrong Mt Duneed  becomes Villawood’s first community to Be awarded the UDIA’s Six Leaf EnviroDevelopment accreditation

2013 – Villawood Properties wins the 2013 UDIA Victoria Award for Excellence – Master Planned Development and the Melbourne Water Recognition Award for its’ Marriott Waters community

2010 – Marriott Waters awarded  the UDIA’s EnviroDevelopment Four Leaf accreditation in recognition of the its high level of conservation and the implementation of ecosystems, as well its dedication to saving water and energy.

2008 – Seasons Green Guide Tarneit is named a finalist in the United Nations (Aus) Enviro Awards

2005 – Seasons Tarneit is bestowed the Environmental Award  by the City of Wyndham and named a Finalist in thr Premier’s Sustainability Award for the Seasons Green Guide

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