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A case study into the creation of Perth’s most sustainable suburb, Bushmead

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Bushmead is one of Cedar Woods most awarded estates for environmental excellence and is a standout example of the successful integration of residential housing and a surrounding conservation area 

From the extensive retention of native trees and revegetation efforts to our sustainability initiatives throughout the estate, Bushmead is a project Cedar Woods is very proud to deliver and one that is well aligned with our ESG strategy  

Bushmead has been shaped by its unique surrounding landscape, set amongst 185 hectares of native bushland. We have invested significantly in conservation, partnering with environmental experts to deliver a thriving community from a previously degraded landscape.   

Bushmead is a truly sustainable community in which both current and future generations will continue to enjoy the immense health and wellbeing benefits of having a close connection with nature.  

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What makes Bushmead unique?

1. A tree change close to the CBD 

Bushmead is one of Perth’s newest suburbs, located 16 kilometres north-east of Perth’s CBD, offering residents a tree change while still being closely located to urban centres and amenities. The community is set amongst 185 hectares of bushland, revegetation sites, conservation trails and the Kadina Brook waterway.  

To achieve our vision for Bushmead, we invested substantially in retaining the native trees to deliver a leafy estate that provides the community with a wide range of long-term benefits such as natural cooling, increased amenity and the absorption of noise and pollutants.   


2. A standout example of environmental excellence 

From the beginning, Cedar Woods has maintained our commitment to creating a sustainable suburb that is centred around the retained bushland.   

Significant investment into environmental conservation has resulted in the estate being successfully accredited as a 5-Leaf EnviroDevelopment. 

This has included a revegetation program, environmentally responsive design throughout the estate, the use of recycled materials in construction and the creation of walking trails and educational resources to encourage responsible interaction with the bushland.  


3. Engaging the community in environmental responsibility 

Part of the vision for Bushmead is creating a community that shares our commitment to caring for the natural environment well into the future.   

Cedar Woods has invested in community engagement throughout the project, partnering with like-minded organisations and working with local residents and environmental groups on the delivery of ongoing initiatives to embed this shared commitment.  

This includes the creation of a bushland custodian group, The Bushmead Conservation Cobblers, who organise regular clean-up, planting and weeding days. The group proactively encourages residents to care for the natural environment, enjoy the fresh air and connect with their neighbours.


4. A future-focused community 

Cedar Woods’ approach to sustainability does not end when a project is complete. Our communities are developed with a vision for tomorrow, taking into consideration long-term environmental and social impact and the way future generations will interact with the natural environment.  

Bushmead is a great example of this approach, from providing residents with rainwater tanks to requirements for environmentally responsible home design to manage waste, water and energy use over the long-term.   

The estate has been planned with the future in mind, encouraging residents to enjoy the bushland in a respectful way and for homes to maintain a minimal environmental footprint.  

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A legacy of sustainability  

Bushmead is currently 70% sold out and is due for completion in the coming years and the community has already begun to continue the legacy of environmental sustainability and preservation. Throughout the project, Cedar Woods has maintained a strong focus on community engagement, involving residents in caring for the environment at Bushmead as part of our long-term vision for the estate.  

Bushmead is a great example of our commitment to driving change and ensuring the future wellbeing of all our residents, both now and into the future.  


To find out more about Perth’s most sustainable suburb, read the Bushmead case study.

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