Building a commmunity with LWP

LWP’s flagship development, Ellenbrook, was the incubator for many of the sustainability ideas that inform all the LWP communities and those of other developers. Some of LWP’s initiatives are still considered innovative today, while others have become industry-wide best practice.

LWP has always placed people at the heart of its projects. To do this, we need to create sustainable communities, sustainable environments and a sustainable economy.

LWP’s overall aim is to make a long-term contribution to the environmental, social and economic fabric of the communities in which it works and to secure the business advantages this offers, including bringing together the short and long-term requirements of its stakeholders.

Through its Corporate Sustainability Strategy, LWP commits to formalising its sustainability measuring and reporting system to provide regular reports to the board and the community, placing sustainability centrally in the joint venturer’s corporate reporting framework.

Ellenbrook was the incubator for many sustainability ideas – some of which are still considered innovative today, and others that have become industry-wide best practice. 

These include:

  • Schools in Houses and Offices. In the first stage of Ellenbrook’s development, houses and offices were constructed and adapted to function as schools for the children of the first residents until numbers were sufficient to support the construction of a primary school.
  • Rear laneway houses with reduced front setbacks to houses and vehicle access to garages at the rear of the lots. This encourages greater community interaction in the streets and parks.
  • A mix of housing densities to cater for a wide range of purchasers.
  • Energy efficiency requirements. Since 1999, these have been incorporated into our Design Guidelines.
  • Development of cottage lots. Small (under 400 sqm) lots with frontages ranging from 15m down to 6m to cater for smaller households.
  • Extensive Bike and Hike trails connecting all residents to all parts of the town and villages.
  • Promoting street life and community interaction by using passive solar design principles, varied building setbacks, laneways, front verandahs and street tree planting.
  • Establishing a Community Trust Fund to finance the appointment of a Community Development Officer and provide seed funding for community groups and infrastructure from an early stage.

Sustainability initiatives common to all LWP communities:

  • Constructing learning centres, crèches, playgroups and drop-in centres early in the development phase as a means of creating focus and sense of place for the first residents who move in.
  • Basing a permanent information and sales centre in each development to create a sense of activity and focus for the project.
  • Designing geographical networks that encourage residents to get to know their neighbours, to walk or cycle rather than drive, and to enjoy the parks and open spaces by applying cutting edge urban planning principles.
  • Reflecting the natural contours of the land and integrating native bushland into the new landscape, respecting the uniqueness of the natural environment in which the development is located.
  • Including LWP’s unique ‘eco-logical’ front garden design packages in all land sales to help purchasers create sustainable gardens.
  • Implementing Public Art programs which create a sense of identity.

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Community Grants

LWP offer sponsorship to help provide events, programs or services to benefit the local community.
Applications are reviewed on their relevance to the following criteria:

  • Will hold their events, program or service within LWP communities.
  • Are long-term services requiring an initial boost to establish their program, service or event?
  • Offer a much needed service, program or event to the LWP community.  

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Art, Education & Culture

One of the key ways LWP builds sustainability into its community to create the foundation for a vibrant local culture. LWP recognises that the core groups, spaces and events within connected communities are spaces of education, culture and art, such as schools, libraries, institutes, community groups and cultural events.

LWP communities have at their social and geographical hearts schools and educational institutions, libraries and civic spaces that can be used for cultural events and activities.

LWP communities share the following features:

  • A Community Trust Fund allowing for the employment of a community officer to coordinate cultural and artistic initiatives, programs and special community events.
  • Schools in Houses and Offices. In the first stage of Ellenbrook’s development, houses and offices were constructed and adapted to function as schools for the children of the first residents until numbers were sufficient to support the construction of a primary school.
  • Learning centres, crèches, playgroups and drop-in centres early in the development phase as a means of creating focus and sense of place for the first residents who move in.
  • Public Art programs which create a sense of identity. Art, education and culture are just some of the areas in which we develop sustainability initiatives. See also Sustainability.
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