Environment & Sustainability

Environmental Approval

The Tamala Park Project has undergone a rigorous environmental assessment through both the State and Federal environmental processes.  Approvals have been obtained under the Environmental Protection Act (WA) and under the EPBC Act to implement the Tamala Park Project.

As part of environmental offsets, the TPRC transferred 91 hectares of land, adjoining the foreshore reserve, to the Western Australian Planning Commission to form part of the future Coastal reserve from Burns Beach to Mindarie.

As part of the EPBC approval the TPRC has acquired offset mitigation areas for Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo comprising 420ha of foraging habitat and 66ha of potential breeding habitat.  These sites are now under the control and management of the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW).

Urban Development Institute of Australia - EnviroDevelopment Certification

The Catalina Project is continuing to promote best development practice in urban development and sustainability.  In 2018 the Catalina Estate was awarded six leaf certification under the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) EnviroDevelopment Program.  The EnviroDevelopment Program recognises excellence in sustainability of urban development projects. The six-leaf certification is the highest available under the UDIA EnviroDevelopment Program and is strong recognition of the Catalina Project’s sustainability initiatives and programs.

EnviroDevelopment is a rigorous, scientifically-based assessment scheme that independently reviews development projects and awards certification to those that achieve outstanding performance in up to six elements (leaves) - Ecosystems, Waste, Energy, Materials, Water and Community.  It is a significant achievement for the Project and follows extensive and detailed submission by Catalina’s Project Team.  To date there are only 5 Projects in Western Australia which have been awarded six leaf certification.

Sustainability Initiatives

The TPRC currently undertakes and provides incentives for a comprehensive range of sustainability initiatives targeting a broad range of areas, including water conservation, waste recycling, housing efficiency and design, flora and fauna enhancement and energy efficiency. 

The TPRC has agreed to implement the following sustainability initiatives:

Fauna Relocation

Prior to undertaking bulk earthworks the TPRC engages DPAW licensed contractors to capture fauna on site and relocate them to approved conservation reserves and National Parks. This program represents best practice fauna relocation and includes small marsupials, reptiles and subterranean fauna. 

Grass Tree and Zamia Palms Relocation

Prior to undertaking bulk earthworks areas, the TPRC arranges for the relocation of significant specimens of Grass Trees and Zamia Palms.  These are removed and stored for replanting into public open space, street verges and conservation areas within the Project.

A number of Grass Trees are available to the Department of Parks and Wildlife and other conservation agencies or community groups for use in the re-vegetation of other areas.

Rehabilitation of Biodiversity Conservation Area

The land on the east side of Marmion Avenue comprises a conservation reserve of 11.5ha. The Biodiversity Conservation Area (BCA) provides feeding habitat for the Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo. The rehabilitation has included conservation fencing, weed management, planting of native species and control of unauthorised tracks.

Seed Collection

The TPRC has undertaken seed collection from significant flora areas.  These seeds are being stored and being used for on-site re-vegetation and are available to the Department of Parks and Wildlife and other conservation agencies or community groups for re-vegetation in local areas.

Provision of foraging vegetation for Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo

As part of the environmental mitigation strategies the TPRC provides foraging plant species for Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo in streetscapes, road reserves and local open space reserves.  At least 50% of plantings of trees and shrubs in public areas are primary feeding plants for Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos.

In addition, the majority of the plantings of trees and shrubs in public areas comprise native vegetation, which will promote low water use and will assist in providing feeding and roosting areas for native fauna.

Builders Waste Recycling Program

The TPRC is undertaking a Builders Waste Recycling Program which involves the collection, sorting and reuse of builders’ waste material generated from within the Catalina Estate. Recycling bins are provided to participating builders, who place different waste into bins, the waste is then transported to a waste recycling plant where the waste is sorted into 5 different categories for recycling being timber, metal, concrete, sand and plasterboard.  The current recycling rate being achieved is 96% by weight and 79% by volume.  To date a total of 3,658 tonnes of waste has been recycled through the Waste Management Program.

The TPRC is investigating options of extending the program to include the TPRC’s civil and landscape contractors.

Housing Design Guidelines

Housing Design Guidelines have been developed for the Central and Western Precincts to assist home builders with the design and construction of more efficient and climate responsive housing.  The Guidelines include a number of recommendations for purchasers to reduce the consumption and cost of household energy and water, including:

  • High star rated electrical and water using appliances;
  • Solar hot water system;
  • Installing an array of Photovoltaic cells;
  • Shade devices that allow northern winter sun to living areas and prevent summer sun access;
  • Passive solar design by locating the dwelling’s daytime living areas and their associated openings to a north facing aspect where practical;
  • Windows and doors in habitable rooms to allow for ventilation through the dwelling from cooling summer breezes from the south-west;
  • Low-e glazing/double glazing;
  • Roof and wall insulation; and
  • Shading devices including awnings and trees.

Landscape works

Landscape works at Catalina also include the following sustainability initiatives:

  • Use of site mulch from trees cleared during earthworks;
  • Installation of solar lights in parks;
  • Use of locally appropriate water wise plants;
  • Installation of water efficient sub soil irrigation systems; and
  • Reuse of limestone boulders and logs from on site.

Solar Panel Rebate*

The TPRC provides a $2,000 per lot Solar Panel Rebate subject to purchasers installing a solar system in accordance with prescribed specifications and time frames.

Waterwise Landscape Packages*

The TPRC provides Waterwise Landscape Packages for purchasers to assist Catalina’s water conservation and promote locally appropriate plant species.

The Waterwise Landscape Package applies to the front of the lot and typically includes waterwise native vegetation, automated waterwise irrigation system (including a rain sensor), soil preparation (including additives to enhance moisture retention abilities) and subsurface irrigation of garden beds to reduce water loss.

Water Saving Fixtures, Fittings and Appliances (WELS)*

The TPRC provides a $1,000 rebate for homeowners in Catalina Beach which install high rated WELS fixtures, fittings and appliances.

* Subject to conditions