Building on community strengths
Since Lendlease acquired approximately 3,100 blocks from Places Victoria six months ago, its focus has been on getting to know the Aurora community, and building on its strengths.
Social cohesion and sensitive urban design are important features Aurora residents already enjoy, and will be key to Lendlease’s future plans. In recognition, late last year, Lendlease successfully applied to the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) to make Aurora the first 6 Star Green Star– community in Victoria to be certified under the v.02 of the communities rating tool.
A stringent international rating, being a 6 Star Green Star– community means having world class urban design and construction, and ultimately delivering a community where people can live sustainably and well.
“It means creating employment opportunities and economic prosperity, supporting diverse, affordable and liveable places that enhance people’s wellbeing, and fostering the community’s connections with nature and culture,” said the GBCA’s CEO, Romilly Madew.
Features that helped Aurora achieve this rating include:
- All residents are and will be within 400m of recreational facilities and open spaces
- Easy access to prominent educational facilities within 10km (such as RMIT Bundoora)
- Recycled water for toilet flushing and garden use, and for irrigation throughout parks and ovals
- Wi-Fi hotspots in parks, teamed with solar trees offering charging points for phones and tablets
- Minimum 60% reduction in construction waste through various recycling initiatives
Read more on the Aurora website.
To launch these new plans for Aurora, Lendlease also hosted a Family Festival and Community Day in January. The event attracted over 1000 attendees, with people keen to hear Lendlease’s vision for the future. More recently, Lendlease were also proud to support the Aurora Community Association’s successful Multicultural Festival – where residents attended the Galada Community Centre for a day of international food, dancing, and performances.
This recent activity has also revitalised public interest in Aurora homes.
Since the first land release in November, sales have been strong. To date, there have been 270 lots of land sold, and several releases have been fast-tracked to keep up with demand.