Villawood engages closely with indigenous groups to understand, safeguard and help share the importance of the land on which we build.
The waterways, river redgums, scar trees, meeting places, native birds and wildlife in our communities are of enormous importance to our heritage and traditional owners who have served as custodians of this country for many millennia.
We acknowledge our communities share traditional lands of the Bunurong, Dja Dja Wurrung, Gunditjmara, Wadawurrung, Wurundjeri and Yorta Yorta people in Victoria, Queensland’s Bundjalung, Yugambeh, Mununjali and Turrbal people and the Dharug people in New South Wales.
Villawood works to ensure our communities respect the emotional, physical and spiritual well-being tied to a healthy environment and a strong sense of place.
We work with indigenous groups to develop cultural heritage reports, walking properties with elders and heritage experts to inspect land, trees, creeks and sites before we design our projects.
Our designs preserve campsites, improve the amenity of the area, put in place reserves and look to protect indigenous heritage elements.
We mark projects with traditional smoking ceremonies, with extensive native flora plantings to encourage fauna, and we celebrate native animals with public artworks large and small through all our communities. We even use our giant steel letters to raise awareness of our indigenous heritage.