• Mernda Villages

    Mernda Village

    Mernda Villages Estate is an 180-hectare masterplanned community. The site features 300 remnant River Red Gums that are incorporated and celebrated in open-space corridors and waterways throughout the estate. All 1800 homes have close access to a variety of open spaces that connect to the town centre.

    The project contains a wide variety of landscape character types including a farm drive lined with oak trees, water sensitive raingardens to reticulate road runoff, a 1.5-hectare shallow marshland, a restored creek line, an adventure playground and a Red Gum conservation parkland. In addition, some 12 local parks were created on topographical high points around the site.

  • Shearwater

    Shearwater on the Island

    Shearwater on the Island is a 31-hectare, 270-lot residential development on Phillip Island. The project includes a 5-hectare constructed wetland, which captures and treats stormwater runoff from both the development and a large part of Cowes township.

    The wetland and the eastern boundary of the site features remnant Melaleuca Swamp Scrub, which has been enhanced with additional planting. The vegetation of the wetland provides important habitat for wildlife, including many breeding pairs of Cape Barren Goose.

    The wetland provides passive recreation opportunities for the community with walking trail circuits, long boardwalks, parks and a viewing structure over the water.

  • Edgewater

    Edgewater on the Maribyrnong

    Edgewater on the Maribyrnong features an extensive 17.5-hectare lake and man-made wetland system, which interacts with the Maribyrnong River, providing a valuable ecological and recreational asset for residents and the wider community and a stunning backdrop to the estate. GbLA designed the lakes and wetlands at Edgewater in conjunction with waterway and civil engineers GHD.

    Bridges and boardwalks sit alongside maritime infrastructure, such as a marina with moorings for recreational boats. The large scale of the water bodies, the complex hydraulic functions of the wetlands and the recreational requirements of the estate created a series of complex design parameters, for which functional and responsive landscape design outcomes were developed between GbLA and Delfin Lend Lease.

  • Melaleuca Wetlands

    Melaleuca Wetlands

    Melaleuca Wetlands is a 14-hectare freshwater wetland located between Blackwood Park Drive and Waterford Golf Course, Ferntree Gully. Following the discovery of significant flora and fauna, including platypus in Monbulk Creek, a portion of the former floodplain was rehabilitated in conjunction with adjoining residential development to improve the available habitat and ecological diversity in the area.

    GbLA, in conjunction with the Ecological Engineering and Neil Craigie and Associates, designed a system of wetlands, braided streams, ponds and riffles and a lake to fulfil a number of functional hydraulic, ecological and public amenity outcomes and to encourage burrowing and nesting of platypus.

    The wider terrestrial landscape areas contain an extensive pedestrian circuit with boardwalks, allowing movement across the floodplain, and an observation deck providing opportunities for viewing expansive areas of open water. The project is seen to be a great success, leading to an increase in the platypus population, improvement of water quality within Monbulk Creek and satisfying a need for residential housing by providing 100 home-sites directly north of the wetland.

  • Lake King

    Lake King

    GbLA was engaged by the Department of Environment and Primary Industries to lead a team of allied design professionals in the remodelling of Lake King at Rutherglen. A detailed site assessment considered land use, circulation, view lines, open space integration, remnant vegetation and the use of the site by native fauna, informing a design response that sensitively addressed the integration of the adjoining bowls club, golf club, caravan park and urban interface, while enhancing the existing amenities for the community and habitat diversity for local wildlife.

  • Malcolm Creek

    Malcolm Creek

    Malcolm Creek at Craigieburn is situated approximately 25 kilometres north of Melbourne within the Western Volcanic Plains. The lower reach of the creekline bisects the 3000-household Delfin Craigieburn residential development. The creek corridor incorporates approximately 160 hectares of open space and more than 4.8 kilometres of natural creek line. The site has been progressively conserved, rehabilitated and developed throughout the life of the project.

    The conservation and enhancement of the ecological values of the site was driven by a coordinated approach to the planning, rehabilitation and management of the landscape. An early assessment of the ecological values of the site was instrumental in the planning and management of the site. A thorough understanding of the ecological attributes of the site also influenced the design and layout of the adjoining residential development, aided in prioritising and planning of land management works and assisted in the planning for water quality initiatives and open-space activities.

  • Armstrong Creek

    Warralily, Armstrong Creek East Precinct

    Warralily is a new community being developed in the Armstrong Creek Growth Area. At completion, the 800-hectare site will have 7500 homes, 5 kilometres of restored creek and wetlands, 155 hectares of open space, 13 hectares of conservation zones, 2 activity centres, 3 active open spaces and 3 schools.

    Armstrong Creek forms the spine of the new community. This restored waterway treats and retards urban stormwater flows, improving the quality of water being discharged into the nearby RAMSAR-listed Lake Connewarre.

    Greenways preserve rural roadside landscapes and provide shared paths that connect both to the creek and to key destinations within the site. Three dedicated conservation zones protect existing native vegetation.

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