Our proposal for a
This year we announced an exciting new proposal for Woodlea: an approximately 7,000-lot development west of Melbourne that will become our first ever Smart Community. This project will see Mirvac team up with development partner Victoria Investments & Properties and work with the local council and service authorities to design a community with improved social and economic outcomes. As part of the process, we will utilise good urban planning, transparent governance and technology to help empower the community, which we believe will improve efficiency, management, and responsiveness.
Our end goal? To create a clean, safe and sustainable environment where people can enjoy a better quality of life. This strategy is a living and evolving initiative that will adapt over time to be responsive to what the community needs. At this preliminary stage, the following initiatives are included in the project:
Smart LED streetlights installed in park areas will incorporate light sensors and controllers, feeding data back into a centralised control system and reducing maintenance and energy use. Equipped to collect data via sensors and cameras, these streetlights also enable us to gain insight into the surrounding environment, such as weather conditions, and relay CCTV. The lights will also provide free public WiFi and can promote advertising messages or safety warnings.
A world-first study that aims to measure the health and wellbeing of residents for a five-year plus period, with these insights to inform master planning, infrastructure and investment. The study also aims to prevent issues that can affect people in outer suburbs, such as obesity, depression and social isolation.
The Woodlea Learning Centre aims to create student-friendly spaces tailored to local requirements. Study courses and tutorials can be held face-to-face or via two-way Smart Learning video links to external learning providers. Short courses and bridging programs are also expected be part of the education mix. It’s all about bringing education and training to the people in a local setting, and using technology to support this.
The Woodlea Smart Community strategic framework with solutions will be amended and refined as ongoing workshops and reviews are conducted.