PLAN E was engaged as part of a multidisciplinary team to participate in the site planning and landscape consultancy services for Austin Lakes Estate, a large master-planned community for 7,000 residents near the Peel Inlet in the Shire of Pinjarra.
2012 UDIA National Award for Excellence – Environmental Excellence
Landscape planning and design has been inspired by the rural agricultural character of the Pinjarra area, with the use of a simple palette of materials such as steel, timber, brick and stone utilised in robust, simple designs. The planting palette references the local wetland and dampland character as well as the introduced plantings associated with rural properties.
A key element of the master plan is a large multi-age recreation precinct located in a central parkland corridor adjacent a commercial node, providing a strong community focus and catering to an evolving community. The design focuses on a centralised lake as a key feature, in combination with the adjacent Adventurescape playground, community pavilion and flexible use lawn area that caters for community events, weekend markets, informal gatherings and active play. Completed in January 2016, this multi-million dollar park with its distinctive and colourful farmyard theme and picnic facilities has become a destination playground in the region. The addition of a skate park, multi-court facilities and an oval as part of stage 2 works will further enhance the amenity provided. The diversity of spaces and recreational opportunities around the lake are connected by a continuous path network that provides an attractive walking and exercise circuit.