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Wetlands sustain humanity and nature, and are among the most important and productive ecosystems in the world.

World Wetlands Day 2021 was marked earlier this week, with the theme ‘wetlands and water’ shining a light on wetlands as a source of freshwater and encouraging actions to restore them. 

For more than two decades, Development Victoria has been creating and regenerating wetlands at projects like Jawbone Reserve, Cairnlea, Officer, and Aurora to manage and treat stormwater while providing a host of other benefits for the environment and community.

Our developments use the principles of water-sensitive urban design to deliver social and environmental benefits for local flora, fauna, and the community – creating smart, adaptable, beautiful places where both people and the environment can thrive.

Check out the video below featuring Development Director Peter Hood, Senior Development Manager Jessamy Smooker, and Sustainability Director Samantha Peart explaining why well planned wetlands are such an integral part of our residential development projects.

Wetlands create not only great environmental outcomes but also great community outcomes.

“The wetlands perform a number of functions – they treat the stormwater, they perform a retardation function in the event of a flood, they provide really important habitat for fauna and flora species and a fantastic asset for the community,” said Jessamy Smooker. 

Development Victoria’s Sustainability Director Samantha Peart said that water sensitive urban design was about allowing natural cycles to function with human existence. 

“In a nutshell, all of this is about recognising and rectifying our impact, being responsible about the developments we build and showing respect for the environment.” 

Learn more about our commitment to sustainability