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Waterways

An unique integrated wetlands and residential community

The Waterways Estate has won five State and National awards and was recognised by the Urban Development Institute of Australia at the 2002 National Awards where it was judged first in the category of Residential Development and the Environment.

The project delivers:

  • Large area of constructed wetlands for the treatment of water in Mordialloc Creek.
  • 700 residential lots with Owners Corporation.
  • Conversion of Mordialloc Creek from an eroding channelized drain to a system of wetlands and open water bodies surrounded by housing.
  • Improved water quality and increased flood storage capacity of over 1 million cubic metres.
  • Extensive passive recreation areas surrounding landscaped wetlands.

Planning Achievements

  • Lobbied all levels of government to achieve the rezoning of Waterways for over 700 lots.
  • Resolved issues including nationally threatened flora and fauna, and Acid-Sulphate Soils.
  • Waterways approval was predicated on the overwhelming environmental benefits secured by removing part of the Mordialloc Creek embankment and constructing over 20ha of wetlands and open waterways.
  • Provided a variety of land choices including smaller lot products where this was unique in greenfield developments.

Survey Achievements

  • Completed a comprehensive cadastral survey to determine the extent of the subject site and the neighbouring titles.
  • Carried out a large scale feature survey over the site and along the upstream and downstream flow paths to allow for the extensive wetland design.
  • Achieved registration of 700 residential lots and common property on a staged plan of subdivision.

Engineering Achievements

  • Prepared and implemented a design which transformed a flood plain into an award winning residential development.
  • Liaised with Melbourne Water to formulate the design of the signature wetland feature of the development.
  • Designed earthworks to create the residential precincts in consideration of external catchments and water treatment requirements.
  • Designed and delivered major trunk sewer connections, VicRoads signalised and non-signalised intersections, and utility services.

“Rarely are environmental considerations such a dominant element in a residential project.  The Waterways was predicated on a major restructure of drainage systems that not only meets local authority requirements but also succeeds in creating a tranquil and unique living experience for its residents.  The scale of the project and the developer’s commitment to a complex and diverse range of environmental issues was particularly impressive.”    UDIA Judge’s comments