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Villawood’s Award Showcase

Villawood is recognised as a thought leader in community development, with a reputation for creativity and innovation. It’s why we’re frequently awarded for excellence in environmental and residential development.

Care Worker Program Wins UDIA National Excellence Award

Villawood is thrilled that our support for essential care workers has been acknowledged with a national award for excellence.

Nurses, teachers, paramedics, police, emergency services and personal carers are among those assisted by our Care Worker Support Program, recognised in the 2024 Urban Development Institute of Australia National Excellence Awards.

The award follows earlier recognition by UDIA at its 2023 Victoria Excellence Awards.

The Care Worker Support Program proves up to $20K savings on select premium lots across Villawood’s national communities to help ensure care workers can live close to where they work. More than 300 care workers have taken advantage of the program to date.

Care workers provide essential, often frontline, services – services the community relies upon heavily, especially in times of difficulty. Villawood wants these vital people to be able to live and work in our communities, contributing to a rich social fabric delivering long-term value to residents.

Care Worker Program Takes Out UDIA Marketing Excellence Award

Villawood Properties’ Care Worker Support Program has won the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s Marketing Excellence award for 2023. The scheme helps essential care workers access the property market was prompted by concerns that care workers often earned as little as $21,000 below the average income – effectively barring them from living in the communities they served.

Villawood’s package of $20,000 savings per lot, with new-release land set aside specifically for care workers, was praised by UDIA judges for its innovation, marketing and community focus.

The Care Worker Support Program kicked off in Geelong, targeted at nurses, police, firefighters, teachers, paramedics and aged and personal care workers. Its early success prompted its expansion to Villawood’s Melbourne communities and then nationally into Queensland and South Australia. More than 210 care sector workers have taken up the offer and Villawood has contributed more than $3.45 million since its inception five years ago.

Delaray Wetlands Wins UDIA Sustainability Award

A sophisticated wetland system at Villawood Properties’ Delaray community has won the prestigious UDIA Victoria Sustainability Excellence award.

The Clyde North project treats large volumes of stormwater from the estate and surrounding areas. It filters out pollutants, improves water quality and assists urban cooling, wildlife habitat and public amenity.

Delaray’s thriving wetland helps protect the downstream Clyde Creek, which flows into the environmentally sensitive, biodiverse Western Port Bay. This in turn contains important seagrass and mangrove habitats and also habitat for a range of international migratory bird species.

Villawood commissioned the landscape design from MDG Landscape Architects, after which Australian Ecosystems were contracted to collect seed, propagate and plant more than 60,000 aquatic and ephemeral plants. AE installed and ameliorated topsoil, installed jute mat and guarding enclosures to protect vulnerable species from bird grazing.

Club Rathdowne a Great Place

Villawood’s Club Rathdowne has taken out the highly-coveted UDIA Victoria 2022 Great Place Award.

The ClarkeHopkinsClarke-designed Residents’ Club is the centrepiece of our Rathdowne community at Wollert in Melbourne’s north. Its Great Place award is a testament to great design, community engagement and innovation.

Great Places like Club Rathdowne are really important for people moving into new communities. Villawood’s teams work hard to ensure our Residents’ Clubs are something special and different. These clubs are a real point of difference for newcomers, with loads of features, things to do and ways for people to make new friends.

The award brings Villawood’s trophy-room tally to 29 major awards across numerous areas of activity including masterplanning, design, environment, water, landscape, community engagement and more.

Wandana UDIA Best Residential

Villawood’s Wandana community at Geelong has won the prestigious UDIA Victoria Best Residential Development award (under 250 lots).

The hilltop community enjoys sprawling bay, ocean and landscape views – capitalised on by Villawood’s excellent design, responsiveness and creativity.

Wandana is a great picturesque site and our designers and engineers pushed the envelope with height controls and open space to deliver a great outcome with terrific views and parklands.

Villawood now has 29 major awards in areas such as masterplanning, design, environment, water, landscape, community engagement and great place.

Australia’s Best … and that’s Official

Villawood Properties’ spectacular Montego Hills community at Kingsholme, Queensland has been named Australia’s Best Residential Development at the prestigious 2021 UDIA National Excellence Awards.

Montego Hills earlier took out the coveted 2020 Queensland UDIA Residential Subdivision Award.

The sell-out project’s recognition marks Villawood’s second national award, following the UDIA Masterplanning Excellence gong for its Alamanda community in Melbourne.

The win takes Villawood’s trophy-room tally to a grand total of 26 major awards across the areas of best residential, masterplanning, design, environment, landscape, community engagement, water and more.

Aquarevo Awarded for Environmental Excellence

Aquarevo was developed in partnership with South East Water, with innovative water and energy conserving initiatives that make it Australia’s most water and energy efficient residential community.
In 2019 it was awarded an Environmental Excellence award by the UDIA (Urban Development Institute of Australia).

Homes at Aquarevo save up to 70 per cent of water and 65 per cent of energy usage compared to current Australian averages. The savings are equivalent to around 24 Olympic-sized swimming pools of water or taking 300 cars off the road each year.

“Innovative projects like the Aquarevo development are key to putting people first by making our communities more liveable and sustainable for the future.”

The Hon Lisa Neville, Minister for Water

Awards Timeline


Care Worker Support Program wins the UDIA National Award for Excellence in Marketing


Care Worker Support Program wins UDIA Award for Excellence in Marketing


Delaray Wetlands, Clyde North wins UDIA Award for Excellence in Sustainability


Club Rathdowne at Wollert wins UDIA Victoria Great Place Award


Wandana at Geelong wins UDIA Victoria Residential Development Award (under 250 Lots)


Montego Hills Wins National UDIA Award for Best Residential Development


Montego Hills wins UDIA Queensland Award for Best Residential Subdivision


Villawood’s joint venture with South East Water, Aquarevo, recognised for Environmental Excellence at the UDIA Awards (Victoria)


Delaray Clyde North named Best Residential Development at UDIA Awards for Excellence (Victoria)


Our joint venture with South East Water, Aquarevo, receives a commendation from the Australian Water Association for Infrastructure Project Innovation


Armstrong Mt Duneed wins UDIA Community Engagement Excellence Award


Tony Johnson receives the UDIA Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his significant contribution to the property sector over the past 30 years.  This includes a decade on the UDIA’s board of directors, during which time he served as President from 2000 to 2003.


Villawood’s flagship Geelong community, Armstrong, Mt Duneed, won the highly coveted 2017 for UDIA Award for Excellence, Masterplanned Community.  Armstrong joins Villawood’s Marriott Waters and Alamanda communities as a recipient of the accolade.


Villawood’s Executive Director, Rory Costelloe, was honoured by the UDIA with a Lifetime Achievement award, in recognition of over thirty years creativity and valuable contribution to the development industry.


Aquarevo, Australia’s most water and energy-efficient urban residential development,  was awarded the UDIA’s 6-Star accreditation for EnviroDevelopment.  This is the highest level of recognition for environmental sustainability. The scientifically-based rating system recognises leading-edge environmental outcomes across six areas of sustainability: water, ecosystems, community, waste, materials and energy.


Armstrong, Mt Duneed awarded the coveted Landscape Award at the prestigious UDIA Annual Awards for Excellence.  The award in recognition of the Australian-first Green Street Display Village concept, combining a closed-street display village with a children’s playground.


Trillium, Mickleham  community was awarded the 2015 Urban Development Institute of Australia’s prestigious Healthy Design award.


Armstrong, Mt Dunned becomes Villawood’s first community to be awarded the UDIA’s 6 leaf EnviroDevelopment accreditation.


Marriott Waters, Lyndhurst  wins the UDIA Awards for Excellence for Best Masterplanned Community of  2013.


Marriott Waters, Lyndhurst recognised in the UDIA Awards for Excellence, receiving the Melbourne Water Recognition Award.


Villawood’s first Sydney community, Skylands Schofield recognised in Sydney Design Awards


‘Villawood Cheques You In” Campaign  recognised in Melbourne Design Awards


Marriott Waters awarded  the UDIA’s EnviroDevelopment four leaf accreditation in recognition of the community’s commitment to sustainability.


Our Alamanda Community in Point Cook is named the national Winner of the Best Residential Development Award at the UDIA Awards for Excellence


Alamanda, Point Cook recognised as the Best Masterplanned Community at the UDIA’s Victorian Awards for Excellence.


Seaons Tarneit – Finalist, United Nations (Aus) Environmental Awards


Seaons Tarneit – Finalist, The Premier’s Business Sustainability Awards


Seasons Tarneit – Winner, City of Wyndham Environmental Award


Seasons Tarneit wins the UDIA Award for Excellence, Best Masterplanned community. Then, in 2006, Seasons received the Judges Award at the National UDIA Awards for Excellence.


Villawood’s first major metropolitan project, Orchard Place, Werribee, is awarded the Judges Award at the UDIA Awards for Excellence.


Penzance, Bendigo named as the winner of the UDIA President’s Award

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