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Yolk adds to growing sustainability portfolio

Victoria and WA-based Yolk Property Group has been selected alongside Southern Cross Care WA to develop a residential, aged care and retirement living precinct in Perth’s Champion Lakes.

Yolk will aim high on sustainability and implement Bioregional’s One Planet Living framework in the development of the vacant 14-hectare site situated 23km south-east of Perth’s CBD.

The framework is based on the notion of living within the limits of the planet’s natural resources, and follows principles related to sustainable energy, water, local and sustainable food, sustainable materials, zero waste, zero carbon, and culture and community.

This is not Yolk’s first experience with One Planet Living. The company has already used the framework on a couple of infill sites, including the former Kim Beazley school site at White Gum Valley. The 24-apartment “Evermore” project pioneered the use of shared solar in a large-scale strata setting using a governance model developed by Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute’s Dr Jemma Green.

Yolk has also applied the framework to a $21.8 million redevelopment project known as “The Amble”. The project included the build of at least 129 small lot houses, apartments, townhouses and land packages on a 4.2 hectare site in Girrawheen, about 15km north of Perth’s CBD.

The new development in Champion Lakes will include apartments, townhouses, standard and micro-lot homes, aged care and retirement housing, and aligns with Premier Mark McGowan’s election commitment to fast-track the development of aged-care facilities.

Artist’s impression of Champion Lakes development

A raft of aged care development projects are expected to create at least 1500 aged care beds across WA in coming years.

The development will cater to retirees and those with additional needs, with a health and wellness precinct planned.

The new development of Lot 10, Lake Road marks the final phase of the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority’s urban development project at Champion Lakes, which first started in 2006.

The Champion Lakes development at Lake Road Armadale features a water-based recreation park, including an international rowing course and other facilities.

The development is surrounded by wildlife conservation areas and “waterwise parks”.

A “Living Streams” design has been used to keep water flowing constantly. Environmental and water quality management plans are in place to protect and maintain the lake.

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