A One Planet Community

SALT Torquay, a regional community in the coastal community of Torquay, is due for occupancy in 2022. It is designed to make it easy, attractive and affordable for people to lead happy and healthy lives using a fair share of the earth’s resources. The community will accommodate 81 homes including villas, townhouses, and units across a range of medium density lots ranging from 300m2 to 830m2.

Barwon Water, the largest statutory water authority in the state of Victoria, has applied One Planet Living to SALT Torquay, its first community development.

SALT Torquay’s One Planet Action Plan was endorsed by Bioregional for national leadership in One Planet Living in 2018. This is the first housing community in regional Australia to be recognised as a One Planet Community.

SALT Torquay, a 5.4-hectare community located in the regional coastal township of Torquay, is in short walking and cycling distance to the schools, shops, cafes, weekly farmers market and co-working spaces. It is only 3 km to surf beaches, a 30 minute bus trip or 1 hour bike ride on the 21km trip to the regional city of Geelong.

Creating healthy, happy, low carbon lives

SALT Torquay’s One Planet Action Plan outlines a range of initiatives across the One Planet Living ten principles and goals that aim to reduce residents’ ecological footprint and increase quality of life and community engagement. Initiatives include energy-efficient homes, 100% renewable energy, cycling paths, electric vehicle infrastructure, water and energy-efficient fittings and fixtures, with rain gardens and rainwater swales, native planting, waste reduction and community engagement strategies.

In addition to applying the One Planet Living principles to embed sustainability within the community development, the SALT Torquay One Planet Action Plan includes initiatives to make it easy, attractive and affordable for residents to transition to One Planet Living once they have moved in.c

Highlights from the One Planet Action Plan

Part of a One Planet family

About Barwon Water

Culture and community
A residential welcome pack with stakeholder engagement, community activities, share economy opportunities, ecosystem impacts, local indigenous history and sustainability facilitator

Sustainable water
Innovative public stormwater controls, household rainwater harvesting and reuse for toilet, laundry and garden irrigation, plus water-efficient fittings to reduce mains (potable) water consumption per person by 30%.

Zero carbon energy
The community is powered by 100% renewable energy, with onsite solar panels to all housing and Barwon Water $5000 voucher to purchase battery storage

One Planet Living is our vision of a world where we can live happily within the Earth’s resources, and a straightforward framework to achieve this
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