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Welcome to the future

We take a holistic approach to sustainability for better economic, environmental and social outcomes for our communities our business and the world at large.

Positive Change

Villawood’s environmental initiatives help to improve and preserve our natural environment for future generations to enjoy:

  • Since 2008, Villawood has gifted the equivalent in total size of each residential block it sells to the beautiful Kamarooka Forest in the Greater Bendigo National park. So far, we have gifted 5,786,500 square metres of land – around 290 times the size of Melbourne’s MCG.
  • As well as being critical habitat for indigenous flora and fauna, the forest is home to the bees that produce Villawood’s delicious brand of honey. A tub of this honey is gifted to every new purchaser in one of our communities.
  • An average of 1,600 trees a year are planted in our communities on regular tree planting days for residents. Thousands more are planted in the Otway Ranges by our survey contractor Lyssna, in partnership with Gellibrand Landcare.

Securing our water supply

Villawood supports government initiatives that help to secure water supplies in years to come.

  • In 2006, we launched Aquarevo, Lyndhurst in partnership with South East Water. It was recognised for water and energy efficiency by the UDIA across six areas of sustainability – water, ecosystems, community, waste, materials and energy.
  • In 2003, we introduced recycled water at Marriott Waters, Lyndhurst helping to earn four leaf EnviroDevelopment accreditation.
  • Since then, we have delivered recycled water to 10 more Villawood communities.


Community Sustainability

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 seeking 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, which this year realised $790,500.

We also work with Henley’s Queensland arm, Plantation Homes, to deliver the Mater House for Life charity auction. The first of these raised nearly $1 million for premature and critically ill babies.

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.

Some of our most recent initiatives include:

  • The Care Workers Support Package – financial assistance for those who care for others.
  • Participation in the Housing Affordability Fund (HAF) program to assist potential homebuyers in breaking the rental cycle
  • Staging of ballots at Aquarevo to help families secure new homes at a fair price in the face of high demand
  • Updating of sales contracts to block unfair practices by speculators.

 

Award Winning Initiatives

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

2019 – Aquarevo recognised by the UDIA for Environmental Excellence for its innovative model of water and energy saving initiatives

2018 – Armstrong, Mt Duneed received the UDIA Award for Excellence in Community Engagement in recognition of leadership and innovation in services and social infrastructure in residential projects

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 Excellence Landscape 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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