LandCorp has been recognised for its residential development at Januburu Six Seasons in Broome, receiving one of the highest honours in the Western Australian property industry.
The estate won the sustainable urban development category at the Urban Development Institute of Australia State Awards for Excellence 2009, held on Saturday 5 September in Perth.
Three other LandCorp projects were also featured in the awards as finalists in their categories, which included environmental excellence. These were the Pretty Pool residential project in Port Hedland, the Evermore Heights partnership with Satterley in Baldivis, and the LandCorp/Cape Bouvard Vueze apartment development in South Beach.
LandCorp chief executive Ross Holt said recognition of the projects in the UDIA awards, as the property industry’s peak body, was testament not only to the quality of projects LandCorp was delivering throughout Western Australia, but also to LandCorp’s overarching objective to lead by example in encouraging industry to adopt best practice in design and development.
“A tremendous amount of work – often years of planning - goes into each of our developments to ensure we achieve great economic, social and environmental outcomes. Each year new benchmarks are set, which encourages industry as a whole to adopt new design measures meaning projects around the state just keep getting better and better,” Mr Holt said.
“All those recognised in Saturday night’s UDIA awards have also contributed to that education process, which can only be for the long-term benefit of all West Australians, and I would like to extend my congratulations to the winners and the finalists.”
Januburu Six Seasons, a modern, well-planned, family-friendly estate, has set a benchmark for residential development in Broome.
“LandCorp’s projects are driven by sustainability and design principles and it is rewarding to be recognised for the work we have done with the community to achieve an outstanding residential development in Januburu Six Seasons,” Mr Holt said.
“We worked closely with the Yawuru, the Shire of Broome, the Department of Planning and community groups to ensure the estate delivered a sustainable outcome which reflects the cultural and environmental heritage of Broome and the surrounding area,” he said.
Yawuru traditional owners had been heavily involved in the design of the estate from the outset, and this ensured the preservation of a ‘cultural corridor’ across the centre of the estate, keeping open the traditional path used by the Yawuru to travel to Cable Beach.
The estate also interprets the cultural heritage of the Yawuru through the naming of streets and parks, landscape design, indigenous artwork and a connection to regional open space - Minyirr Park.
Broome Shire President Graeme Campbell also welcomed the award, saying it was great to see a development in Broome receiving an award usually won by metropolitan estates.