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urban development

tion through the wildlife corridor integrated

insulation, and adopt higher rated heating

Planning is now underway for the Town

within the landscape plan.

and cooling systems and PV and solar hot

Centre, which will provide local jobs through

water systems to achieve the energy target,

retail, commercial, social and entertainment

Integrated Water Cycle plan

which is mandated in the planning agree-

facilities. The Town Centre will be designed to

The Integrated Water Cycle plan includes

ment between council and the developer,

reflect a contemporary country town providing

stretch targets for BASIX (NSW Govern-

and required to be documented at DA/CC

essential services and a sense of community

ment water/energy reduction regulation)

stage. They have access to free sustainable

within a strong urban setting that encourages

water met through a dedicated 4 ML per

design advice from accredited professionals

denser living.

day recycled water treatment plant and

and green power options.

The next stage of development will incor-

rainwater tanks on private property. The

The master plan and urban design will

porate lessons learned and improve afford-

recycled water plant will ultimately support

reduce car dependency by locating town,

ability through a more integrated approach

18,850 equivalent persons and will help to

schools and community facilities within easy

to landscape and civil design. We will be

support a reduction in potable water use of

walking and cycling distance of neighbour-

listening to feedback from Googonians and

62%, significantly reducing the discharge

hoods. Googong will also have high-speed

have recently returned from a study tour

of treated wastewater to the environment.

broadband connectivity, enabling people to

of new developments in Australia to ensure

work from home and avoid commuting.

Googong stays at the forefront of best practice

The development also exceeds Quean-

in sustainable design.

beyan Council stormwater quality targets through WSUD integrated into streetscapes

Liveability and employment

and public open space, as well as through

Googonians are one step closer to living

the chain of ponds.

‘the good life’ through their own community garden. The local clubhouse includes a pool

Energy and carbon footprint

and gym facilities, and the design of parks

The master plan has optimised solar orienta-

encourages natural play for children. The

tion through home and street layouts. Homes

parklands at Googong will provide spaces

are required to meet or exceed a BASIX

for sport and active recreation for teenagers,

energy-saving target of 40% compared to

as well as quiet places for everyone to enjoy

the regional Southern NSW requirement

nature. There’s already a special place for

of 25%. Purchasers and home builders

four-legged friends, with a dog park adjacent

have therefore had to upgrade glazing and

to the sports oval in the first neighbourhood.

*Susan Farr is AECOM’s Market Sector Leader for Urban Development, Water + Urban Development. www.aecom.com Content provided by: Jo Blackmore, Principal Landscape Architect, AECOM; Clive Alcock, Urban Design Manager, CIC Australia; Matthew Frawley, Landscape Manager, CIC Australia More information on the Googong Development is available at: http://googong.net/.

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