Going greener

Residents at a number of Lend Lease’s villages enjoy living in environmentally friendly communities, where green living starts with sustainable measures such as rainwater tanks and water-efficient showers and taps.

Now residents at Rochford Place in Ropes Crossing, New South Wales, and Caesia Gardens in Caroline Springs, Victoria, have devised plans to go even greener.

Headed by resident Jacqui Windle, residents at Rochford Place have created an initiative that will see village residents switch from using harsh chemicals to bio-degradable solutions.

“There are a number of simple changes we can all make which not only reduce the cost of living but also helps to ensure our sewerage system and houses are free of harmful chemicals,” said Jacqui.

At Caesia Gardens residents are propagating indigenous plants and trees and recycling gardening matter for mulching, with the aim of saving water, improving soil quality and providing a sustainable habitat for insects and bird life.

“Caesia Gardens residents enjoy the benefits of living in a sustainable village, and we are continually looking for new ways to be environmentally friendly and further reduce our carbon footprint,” said resident Lin Mulhall, who is leading the initiative.

The plan will also help protect the Growling Grass Frog, a native species found in the extensive wetlands near the village.

“Many of us like to use the walking trails close to the wetlands, so making a change that will help an endangered species nearby is something we all feel passionate about,” said Lin.

Both villages won a national Lend Lease World Environment Day award for their innovative sustainability plans, with the prize money being put towards kick-starting the projects.

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