Now here’s an interesting project: 70-plus stories on what it takes to build some pretty special new towns, suburbs and communities.
Think planners, designers, engineers, artists, landowners, bankers, investors, clubs and community groups, sales crews, marketers, maintenance crews, apiarists, traditional owners, mums, dads, kids …
Think also creativity, innovation, experience and a good bit of commonsense nous. Villawood Properties has the lot in spades.
This book, 30: Fun, Happy, Communities, marks three decades since Villawood’s beginnings in Bendigo. Over those years, it’s expanded across Victoria, Melbourne, NSW and Queensland.
All up, it’s 164 pages showing a vibrant developer who’s about creating lifestyle and community, not just blocks and houses. A few features:
. A block donated to the national forest system for every block they sell;
. A huge amount of support to community groups, including a house-and-land every year to the Good Friday Appeal;
. Getting people together through activities, facilities and under-the-bonnet design detail;
. Folko Kooper’s extraordinary artwork;
. Getting kids outside for healthy, adventurous childhoods in great parks and playgrounds;
. Sustainability with 70% water and 60% non-renewables cuts.