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environment overview

Purchasing a home at The Point makes good lifestyle sense and also good environmental sense.

Environmental sustainability is at the core of this premier community with The Point having been among the first to achieve six leaves of accreditation under the Enviro Development*** program of the Urban Development Institute of Australia for:

  • Eco Systems
  • Waste Management
  • Energy
  • Materials Usage
  • Water
  • Community

A stunning tidally flushed waterway 5 kilometres long is a major feature of the development of The Point. In addition to being an attractive feature of the community the waterway serves a water quality function for the final step in the treatment of stormwater before it is allowed to flow from the development. Other elements in the stormwater management system include drainage swales and vegetated rain gardens in the nature strips which provide filtering and treatment opportunities before stormwater is able to enter other parts of the drainage system.

These elements also assist in producing attractive street scapes that are very much in keeping with the character of Point Lonsdale.

The waterway is also a significant component in creation of a more sustainable wetland complex extending between Lake Victoria, through The Point and connecting to Laker’s Cutting and ultimately Swan Bay. Past farming and Shell Grit Mining practices have resulted in significant modification and degradation of the site, the waterway is a means of remediating some of this harm.

Although degraded in some parts the site also contains some outstanding environmental qualities and is situated near to Swan Bay which is a Wetland of International Significance. Recognising these values the Development of The Point is being implemented under a comprehensive approvals framework involving Commonwealth, State and Local Government approvals. With all approvals in place the City of Greater Geelong has primary oversight.

Approximately 50 per cent of the site is to be developed for residential purposes. Of the remaining land a large area (35 hectares) will revert to Rural Use while an even larger area (56 hectares) will be set aside for conservation in the waterway and significant areas of native vegetation including a remnant forest of Moonah Trees which contribute so strongly to the coastal character of Point Lonsdale.

waterway

The Waterway is fundamental to the development of The Point as it’s development provides the opportunity for remediation of the damage from the former Shell Grit Mine. It’s connection to Laker’s Cutting and its tidal nature provide the opportunity for a viable and sustainable waterway where sea grasses and coastal aquatic meadow can colonise. Connection to Laker’s Cutting and Swan Bay brings with it the obligation to ensure no adverse impacts from Stormwater flows. A Water Quality Management Plan (WQMP) has been approved by the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy and establishes the controls required for the protection of Swan Bay and provides that there be no diminution in water quality as a result to the development of The Point.

A comprehensive Water Quality Management “Train” is in place at The Point:

  • Rain Water Tanks assist in reducing the intensity of the “first flush’ and assist in retarding stormwater flows in significant rain events. (As well as providing valuable supply of water for gardens and toilet flushing).
  • Design and Building Guidelines encouraging the use of Native plant species and discouraging the use of fertilisers to reduce the impact of nutrients on the waterway.
  • The use of "Swale" drains and "Rain Gardens" to naturally filter storm water and strip out nutrients.
  • Wetland Areas external to and also within the waterway also to strip out any remaining nutrients.

Each of these measures plays a part in protecting the water quality in the waterway and also the quality of water that ultimately reaches Swan Bay.

Residents are asked to play their part in ensuring the quality of this valuable community asset through the use of rain water tanks and regard to the Building and Design Guidelines requirements in respect to gardens.

Water quality monitoring is a central element of WQMP to ensure no detrimental impacts on the waterway and to immediately identify any variances. Measurement of Baseline Water Quality in Lake Victoria, The Point and Laker’s Cutting has been undertaken on 3 occasions. Permanent monitoring stations are being installed progressively with the development of the Waterway and in the meantime water quality is measured on a daily basis during construction activity to ensure that the risk of detrimental impact on the Waterway is minimised.

flora and fauna

Approval has been provided for the removal of certain areas of Native Vegetation at The Point on the condition that a Native Vegetation Offset Management Plan is implemented. This plan provides for a range of activities in the including:

  • Protection of Areas of High Environmental Quality
  • Weed eradication.
  • Pest eradication.
  • Revegetation in designated areas.

An alliance has been established with the Bellarine Catchment Network to assist in the implementation of this plan which will assist in preserving the conservation values of the area and to provide valuable habitat for native fauna.

Residents can participate and assist with the regeneration of the natural environment through adopting Garden designs and plantings as recommended in the Building and Design Guidelines or by participating in Community Tree Planting days which are held approximately every 6 months. These events also provide the opportunity for guided walks through parts of the site that are not usually accessible to the public.

the point - accredited for commitment to sustainability

To assist the design of the waterway, and to comply with conditions in planning and environmental approvals for the project, the Developer is implementing a water quality monitoring plan for the residential development and the waterway.

The monitoring programme comprises a collection of data for water flow and water quality for the water currently flowing into the site from Lake Victoria, through the site and into Lakers Cutting.

The monitoring results will inform the modelling of water flow and water quality through the planned waterway. They will also inform the creation of a water quality management plan for the construction and operation of the designed waterway.

The results of Monitoring undertaken in 2009/10 to establish Baseline data can be downloaded below.

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responsible development

The Development of The Point is managed and accountability for outcomes and environmental impacts is assured through a comprehensive and complex framework of approvals, plans, and work methods, monitoring and reporting.

At the highest level approval for the implementation of the project has been provided through an Environmental Effects Statement (EES) and Approval under the provisions of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Approval). A multitude of subordinate approvals and plans apply for detailed aspects of project implementation in accordance with the framework established by the EES and EPBC Approval. The EES process provided extensive opportunity for public input and comment.

enforcement of on-site standards

Day-to-day activities onsite are guided by the Project Environmental Management Plan (PEMP) and Construction Environment Management Plan (CEMP) which draw from, and give effect to, the hierarchy of controls in place. The City of Greater Geelong (CoGG) is the responsible authority for compliance with the provisions of these plans. The plans also provide for independent third party review of the environmental performance of the development works.

In addition to comprehensive reports required to the submitted to CoGG, periodic reports are required for the Commonwealth Department of Environment and non-compliance and incident reports are to be lodged with the relevant Local, State and Commonwealth Agencies in the event of departures from mandated standards.

enforcement of on-site standards

CoGG staff regularly visit the site to discuss approaches to key issues and to ensure standards and work methods are being complied with. In particular, comprehensive measures are set out in the PEMP and CEMP to manage dust nuisance and for the prevention of sedimentation and pollution of the waterway. Water quality monitoring (as provided to Council) has confirmed the effectiveness of the control measures.

The implementation framework is comprehensive and complex. The primary responsibility for ensuring accountability for the conservation and development outcomes rests with the CoGG which oversees the measures required to ensure the accountability of the owner for the environmental, development and conservation outcomes.

The site is private property and uncontrolled public access is not permitted until future public assets are in a suitable state to be handed over for future management and operation by public agencies. This ensures that the extensive areas of significant vegetation are protected and minimises public risk.