Ocean Friendly

Ocean Friendly

Developers of a new housing project near Gladstone have gone out of their way to establish their green credentials writes Michelle Hele.

While price is always a major factor, environmental concerns also come out high on buyers’ wish lists, according to the developers behind a new estate at Tannum Sands south of Gladstone.

Lyons Residential’s newest project, The Sands at Tannum Sands, is one of only a few development sites in Queensland to seek environmental approval from the federal government.

It has received the Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (SEWPAC) approval under the federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

Lyons Capital development manager Oliver Kent said the group wanted to build an estate with strong environmental values.

‘‘I think buyers are always conscious of environmental concerns, especially in a place like Gladstone, where in the past there has been some concerns with the way in which the port has been treated,’’ he said.

It took 14-months of research, monitoring and reporting of flora and monitoring and reporting of flora and fauna at The Sands development site to gain the SEWPAC approval.

As a result 120 ha of the 338 ha site has been set aside as a conservation area.

The development will also use a Bio-Filta retention system to control any storm water runoff into the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Griffith University koala experts were commissioned to analyse the site as well and as a result of their findings koala road crossings will be used, koala and wildlife signs, and escape poles and ramps will be installed.

Mr Kent said Lyons Residential had tried to meet high environmental standards.

‘‘Lyons is committed to establishing a development with as minimal impact on the local environment as possible,’’ he said. The aim is also to have zero carbon housing.

‘‘We are working with Workshop Architects to develop the latest 7.5 star housing, which will potentially save purchasers over $100,000 in 25 years through energy efficiencies,’’ Mr Kent said.

Those houses would include features such as solar power and 10,000 litre water storage.

‘‘The Sands is therefore not only committing to environmental sustainability and actively taking conscious steps towards covering the development’s carbon footprint, it will also provide residents with the luxury and provide residents with the luxury and comfort in knowing they are living in an energy-efficient environment.’’

The project off Tannum Sands Rd has ocean views and will be developed on a 338ha site.

Stage 1A will have 42 lots with land prices starting at $239,000 and house and land packages from $479,500.

‘‘It is quite a large site, there will be 14 stages and it will include a retail centre and a primary and secondary school as well,’’ Mr Kent said.

The project had deliberately planned for larger sized blocks as many local buyers wanted yards which could hold sheds to accommodate boats, as the area has a large boating community.

In all there will be 2000 lots across the 12-year project with plans to start work on stage one in June this year.

The group was also working on a smaller estate of 158 blocks, Stockwood, closer to Gladstone.

Mr Kent said there was plenty of competition from developers in the area, Devine also had a 2900 lot estate closer to town and there was the 59 ha Tannum Blue development also at Tannum Sands.

Mr Kent said the larger blocks and ocean views at Tannum Sands set them apart and the strong environmental commitment by the developer also was a good selling point.

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