• 2019 Excellence in Infrastructure Award at the 2019 Stormwater Queensland Awards for Excellence in Cairns
  • 2019 Finalist Urban Development Institute of Australia (Qld) Awards – Parks & Recreation Category
  • 2019 Finalist Sustainability Awards – Landscape & Biophilia Category
  • 2019 Finalist Australian Water Awards – Innovation Category

Developed by Defence Housing Australia, Deebing Heights has increased by 488% in the last five years (Census reports from just 344 people recorded in 2011 to 2,023 in the 2016).  With a vision to create healthy and sustainable communities for defence families, the project has implemented new housing methods and sustainable practices whilst fostering an active and interconnected community.

Located just 6 kms from the Ipswich CBD, 8 kms from RAAF Amberley, Deebing Heights covers an area of 10.5 square kilometres, and is characterised by new homes, new roads and modern infrastructure such as underground power and NBN access.

ACOR undertook civil engineering for the whole site and worked with the team to replace traditional bio-retention stormwater systems with an ephemeral wetland that retains the land’s slope and existing watercourse. While dormant for extended dry periods, the wetlands can accommodate torrential run-off from the Torhaven estate and 45 hectares of surrounding areas, removing pollutants naturally before the water flows back into the local Deebing Creek waterway. The clever design also allows and promotes engagement by residents—both human and wildlife—with a previously unusable floodplain.