Our Environmental Initiatives
Edgewater Shores aims to be at the forefront of environmental standards across the entire development from conception through to completion of this new beach front community. Consideration of the native flora and fauna has been at the forefront of the development. The development has handed over a parcel of land 4 times the size of the Edgewater Shores site to the National Parks and Wildlife service in recognition of the need to ensure biodiversity conservation. The development will also restore part of the site to its native state which will then become a permanent dedicated conservation area.
Throughout the entire development lifecycle consideration will be given to environmental standards through design, material specification, construction techniques, operation and maintenance. The development will have a set of design guidelines for residents which will encourage energy efficiency, renewable energy generation, waste reduction and recycling, maximising solar access through lot alignment and housing design, water storage and conservation.
During the development of the site some vegetation will be removed. Although vegetation will be replanted as part of the development’s landscaping there will be a net loss in biodiversity. To offset this biodiversity loss, we have agreed with the Minister for the Environment to dedicate a separate, much larger, piece of land located at Darawank. The land is 32.37ha which covers an area over 3 times the size of the entire Edgewater Shores site. This land has been improved to remove weeds and to fenced where required to prevent unauthorised access. The land has been transferred to the Minister for the Environment and dedicated to the National Parks and Wildlife service.
Environmental Conservation Area
Approximately 10% of the site (1 hectare) will become a dedicated conservation area. This area is the most eastern section of the site adjacent to the foreshore of Diamond Beach. The area has been identified as ecologically significant and will be restored to its natural form during the development of the site. The area will then be maintained for a number of years before being handed back to Mid Coast Council. The restoration work will be carried out by a qualified bushland restoration team under the supervision of the development’s ecologist.
The Conservation Area will be restored using a number of techniques to improve the ecosystem which include:
- Brush matting;
- Re-vegetation of coastal dune species;
- Targeted weed control;
- Pest control; and
- Protecting the proposed conservation area via elevated walkways, community awareness and the appropriate restoration of native flora.
Once complete, the conservation area is expected to sustain over 4000 native plant species, an aquatic area and include dune vegetation to refuge local native fauna. Pedestrian access will be provided to the area from the development via an elevated walkway to allow the community to traverse the conservation area without impacting the resident flora or fauna.