At a time when leadership in sustainable innovations has never been more crucial, Melbourne-based property group, Moremac, is paving the way for developers with the first residential estate in Victoria to use recycled, post-consumer materials in its roads.
Located in the booming growth corridor of Sunbury in Melbourne’s North-West, Moremac’s Kingsfield estate is setting the benchmark for community-focused, sustainable living with a bold commitment that is seeing recycled materials melted down and used for bitumen.
Made from repurposed goods like glass, soft plastics, tyres and cartridges, Reconophalt is a road surfacing material that offers a sustainable solution for single-use waste that would otherwise end up as landfill.
One kilometre of recycled Reconophalt road can contain as many as 500,000 plastic bags, 165,000 glass bottles and 12,000 used printer cartridges.
By driving an upcycled approach to infrastructure, the project will see up to 30 per cent less carbon dioxide generated during the production of road properties, decrease scarce and raw materials used, and provide an avenue for waste which ends up as pollutants in the environment.
Located just 35 minutes from Melbourne CBD, Kingsfield is an environmental green space, surrounded by kilometres of natural reserve, winding waterways and an abundance of wildlife.
Director of Moremac Property Group, Byrce Moore, said the development factors in a host of sustainability initiatives, and when it comes to community development and wellbeing, quality infrastructure is fundamental.
“50 per cent of the project has been dedicated to open space for parks and walking tracks as well as to maintain and protect the natural wetlands and conservation reserve; this is all part of our commitment to leaving the site in a better place than when it was purchased.”
“In addition to this, each purchaser at Kingsfield will receive a $2,000 incentive to put towards solar powering their homes,” Mr Moore shared.
The next step for the project is to establish a Community Sustainability Fund to unite local minds into forging a circular economy.
Mr Moore added that Moremac and Kingsfield representatives will connect regularly with the aim of continuing to innovate and grow in the sustainability space.
“This includes everything from additional planting and improvements in conservation areas, propose solar powering options for the future town centre to community veggie gardens. We want the people closest to the area to contribute their ideas to the betterment of the community.”
“Through undertaking these initiatives we hope to see economic, social and environmental value for the communities we grow today, and the ones that will enjoy the spaces tomorrow and into the future,” he commented.
Kingsfield currently has 300 homes sold, and upon completion will be home to 6,500 residents.