Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Residential -

WATER­FORD de­vel­op­ment Cyg­nia Cove emerged as the big­gest win­ner at the re­cent Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment In­sti­tute of Aus­tralia Awards for Ex­cel­lence, recog­nis­ing its valiant ef­forts in re­viv­ing a ru­ined land par­cel over more than a decade.

The res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity took home the pres­ti­gious Pres­i­dent’s Award as well as nods for en­vi­ron­men­tal ex­cel­lence and best res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment un­der 250 lots.

De­vel­oped by Richard Noble, the project trans­formed what was once a highly con­tam­i­nated and de­graded site into a 188-lot res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity with vastly im­proved en­vi­ron­men­tal at­tributes in­clud­ing a re­ha­bil­i­tated wet­land, newly con­structed wet­land and an ex­tended and re­ha­bil­i­tated fore­shore re­serve at its heart.

The wet­lands now pro­vide a con­tin­u­ous, en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able wa­ter source for the Can­ning River and a per­fect feed­ing and breed­ing habi­tat for the State’s iconic black swans.

Richard Noble man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Alex Gregg said he was very proud of what had been achieved.

“Cyg­nia Cove is an out­stand­ing suc­cess – it of­fers a beau­ti­ful and con­nected place to live that has been em­braced by home buy­ers, with more than 90 home­sites al­ready sold,” he said.

“It also pro­vides a last­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal and cul­tural legacy for the wider com­mu­nity to en­joy.”

UDIA WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Ms Goostrey said: “The very best of de­vel­op­ments ap­peal to the senses from point of en­try to the heart of the pro- ject and Cyg­nia Cove is no ex­cep­tion.

“There is more to this out­stand­ing de­vel­op­ment than is im­me­di­ately ap­par­ent, with its his­tory as a derelict site sub­ject to wa­ter qual­ity prob­lems and weed in­fes­ta­tion,” she said.

Ms Goostrey said the awards were im­por­tant in recog­nis­ing WA’s de­vel­op­ment suc­cesses.

“The win­ners demon­strated the di­ver­sity of de­vel­op­ment to­day, from qual­ity high-rise and medium-den­sity homes to beau­ti­ful river­side de­vel­op­ments and hous­ing for the dis­ad­van­taged,” she said. “It is crit­i­cal that we con­tinue to bench­mark res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment and re­ward those who stand above the rest.”

For a full list of win­ners and fi­nal­ists, visit www.udi­ awards-for-ex­cel­lence

Popular with grow­ing fam­i­lies, Cyg­nia Cove’s first res­i­dents were the Browns.

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