Vinita Bavasker, Founder of Bhumi Organic Cotton interviews eco warrior, Co-Director and Founder of the Cape Paterson Eco -Village and The Sociable Weaver, David Martin.
Our vision is to create a benchmark for sustainable living in a location unlike any other. The Cape at Cape Paterson brings together the expertise of local builders and sustainability experts, to create a modern community that is one with the environmentBrendan Condon, Project Director
The Cape is the brainchild of Brendan Condon, who is the Project Director, and is a respected authority in the field of environmental restoration. He brings on board an award-winning team with strong credentials in sustainability and quality modern design, namely Small Giants, Archiblox, Martin Builders, TS Constructions, Australian Ecosystems and The Sociable Weaver.
Cape Paterson, Victoria is 144 kilometres west of Melbourne. The Cape eco village offers 230 home lots on 100 acres – a large site that could accommodate 400 lots. However, The Cape is being developed in a different way without pure commerciality as the end game. They are creating a lot more wide-open space with communal landscapes and really enhance quality of life for their residents. More than half of The Cape project is dedicated to open space.
The three benchmarks for The Cape are maximising lifestyle for people, looking at what’s sustainable and best practise for the good of the planet and then commercial viability and profit for the development.
The site overlooks the spectacular Bunurong Coast and Bass Strait, residents can walk to beautiful unspoiled swimming and surfing beaches. Complete with a sports precinct that includes barefoot bowls, bocce rink, beach volleyball and basketball courts there will also be other community facilities, parks, walking paths and cycling tracks that meander past gardens full of native vegetation with break-out and barbecue areas. There will also be a conference facility with a community centre, café and seminar space.
In addition to mains water, all houses will feature at least 10,000 litres of rainwater storage for use in gardens and toilets, helping to create year-round water security. Excess stormwater will be redirected to collection ponds and filtered back through vegetation into groundwater and natural wetlands.
Each house at The Cape will have a minimum of 2.5 kilowatts of solar energy and residents will have access electric vehicle charge points. NBN optic fibre is connected to every home and when you purchase land, you can build a home from one of ten unique designs, each featuring 7.5-star energy efficient homes with highly efficient lighting and appliances.
The developers of The Cape seem to have thought of everything, including giving residents the opportunity to grow their own produce in specially designed gardens.
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