Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD)

Water sensitive design has been adopted as part of the design process to ensure sustainability principles of water consumption, water recycling, waste minimisation and environmental protection are achieved.

This development will adopt water sensitive urban design (WSUD) principles for improved water management. Cape Jaffa Anchorage will incorporate the following key WSUD elements:

  • Grassed swales along road sides for rainwater infiltration.
  • Stormwater detention basins
  • Rain-water tanks will be used to capture roof runoff for on-site reuse
  • Run off from commercial areas and boat ramp will be collected and treated separately

Water Supply

All dwellings and commercial premises within the marina will be required to install rainwater tanks. The minimum storage capacity for residential dwellings will be 1500 litres, this figure is well above the capacity currently mandated by state government. The use of rainwater tanks has the advantage of reducing the demand on mains water and provides the added benefit of reducing stormwater runoff from each site. Furthermore, water conservation measures will be mandated to reduce the demand on the water supply in all homes.

Mains water will be supplied to all allotments within the development in the same way it is provided to Kingston and Robe. This water is sourced from the artesian basin (confined aquifer) located within a few kilometres of the marina. It is pumped into the


No storm-water runoff will be directed into the waterways or marine environment, thus helping to achieve the best possible marina water quality. In fact, the latest technology and design will be used to manage storm-water and run-off. Storm-water will be directed into localized swales and holding basins, thus maximising the soakage into the groundwater water system and providing rainwater recharge in those areas in accordance with the principles of water sensitive urban design. There is no expected increase in groundwater flow out to sea nor is there to be any additional runoff to the waterways or the sea once the marina is built.

Sewerage System

The design and construction of the sewerage system will be performed in accordance with the current specifications and guidelines The fully enclosed system is designed to take all effluent away from each allotment rather than having septic tanks. The effluent is then treated and the water reclaimed and reused for beneficial agricultural purposes.

Energy Efficiency

The application of energy efficient design principles is an important part of the design philosophy of the Cape Jaffa Anchorage Marina development and planning policy.All homes built within the development will benefit from the requirements laid out in the Cape Jaffa Anchorage Development Guidelines.These guidelines encourage energy efficiency in terms of orientation, solar access, construction type (thermal mass and insulation), ventilation, water harvesting and the like (eli manning jersey).


The development area will be landscaped with an emphasis on reinforcing the natural appearance of the native vegetation. Whenever possible, local native species based on 'Trees for Life's new Lower South East Coastal Zone' will be used and encouraged.

The rehabilitation of the fore-dunes and the native vegetation will be a priority once construction is complete. The dunes will be fenced and designated limestone walkways will be developed to manage public access to the beach. The vegetated fore dune, which is currently on private title, will ultimately be handed to council and become public reserve.

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