Doncaster Hill is part of Manningham City Council’s ongoing commitment to a sustainable future, with a vision for an urban village with high environmental standards. Council is leading the way with its MC² community hub and is the first local government authority in Australia to install a trigeneration system to provide power, heating and cooling to its community centre. Doncaster Hill is also the first brownfield area in Victoria to have inclusion of a 'purple pipe' to supply recycled water for laundry, toilet and irrigation. 

Development within Doncaster Hill continues to will move away from traditional planning, design and construction methods that see excessive resource consumption, waste generation and pollution and buildings that are expensive to operate.

Passive solar designs, reuse of grey water (i.e. from kitchens and laundries), natural thermal insulation and stormwater recycling are just some of the examples of the high standard of sustainability set for the developers and businesses of Doncaster Hill. This approach also delivers significant cost savings associated with building to developers and environmentally friendly buildings for future residents, visitors and workers.

The aim of sustainable development on the Hill is to create buildings that provide residents with lower operating costs and to protect and enhance the natural and built environment. A sustainable Doncaster Hill will be a healthier and more accessible place to live, visit and work.

How will Sustainability Be Achieved?

Council is advocating sustainable development for Doncaster Hill through:

Planning Policy

Manningham Council was the first local government in Australia to successfully implement Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) policy into its planning scheme, with the Doncaster Hill Activity Centre Sustainability Management Plan policy. The policy requires applicants for new use and development in Doncaster Hill to prepare a Sustainability Management Plan as the means of documenting and delivering sustainable outcomes. It incorporates the eight key performance areas and objectives including:

  • Energy Management: Achieve new benchmarks in energy conservation and increase use of renewable energy sources
  • Water Conservation and Reuse: Achieve best practice water sensitive urban design that offers an alternative to the traditional approach to water management
  • External Building Materials: Minimise the environmental impacts of input and output materials as well as any material used in the external construction and development of buildings and works
  • Interior Materials Analysis: Achieve healthy internal building environments
  • Waste Minimisation and Avoidance: Reduce waste generated by building occupants that is collected, hauled to and disposed of in landfills
  • Quality of Private and Public Realms: Achieve design excellence in the built, natural and cultural environments
  • Integrated Traffic and Transport Management: Minimise overall environmental impacts from movement and transportation of people, materials, equipment and systems
  • Construction and Demolition Management: Minimise environmental impacts associated with site construction practices.