Communities awarded for excellence in the development industry

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​Department of Communities representatives at the UDIA WA Awards for Excellence

​There were plenty of proud moments at the 2019 Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) WA Awards for Excellence on Saturday night, with the Department of Communities taking out four wins.

The Amble Estate in Girrawheen took out top honours in the Residential Development (250 lots or fewer) and Environmental Excellence categories.

The Amble is a collaboration between Communities, Yolk Property Group and Ventura Home Group that will see up to 129 homes built on the former Hainsworth Primary School site.

Offering a range of affordable and environmentally sustainable land and housing options to families, couples, singles and downsizers, the Amble is the first green-titled subdivision in WA to offer a solar power system with every home. This is part of an innovative pilot program that results in a 40 per cent saving on daytime power costs for participating residents.

Dalyellup Beach Estate in the Shire of Capel was named the best Masterplanned Development in WA.

Developed through a partnership with Home Satterley Dalyellup Pty Ltd, Dalyellup Beach is a 3,500-home estate that will ultimately house more than 11,000 people. The estate offers intergenerational living with a range of land uses from childcare through to aged care, allowing residents to age in place.

In addition, more than 30 per cent of the development has been designated for open space comprising parks, walking trails, conservation areas and other recreation spaces. The planning for the estate not only respects the area’s many significant environmental assets but also creates a framework in which a cohesive community can thrive.

Communities Assistant Director General Commercial Operations Greg Cash congratulated those involved in the development of the estate.

“Dalyellup Beach is a very successful project delivered through long term partnerships,” Mr Cash said. “It’s a great example of what can be delivered in Regional WA.”

Communities’ Director Policy and Service Design Tiffany Allen was the winner of the UDIA Frasers Property Women in Leadership Award. This award recognises women with at least 10 years’ experience working in mid-to-senior positions in the development industry.

Ms Allen has extensive experience in the delivery of land supply, community construction, contract negotiation, and in leading teams, and has previously held roles within the department as Director Construction and Community Development and Director Business Development.

Mr Cash acknowledged Ms Allen’s leadership contribution within the department, as well as her the influence on the Western Australian development industry, and said it was great to see Ms Allen’s leadership contribution recognised by the industry.

“Her personal leadership journey is quite inspiring and her speech on the night drew great admiration from the entire audience,” he said.

“Not only does Tiffany provide great leadership within her team and across the agency, she uses her role to influence the Western Australian development industry to think about how they can deliver better quality communities that cater for inclusivity and diversity.

“Clearly her level of engagement with senior figures across the WA property industry is having a real impact in helping the department to achieve its objectives.” 

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