Imagine having all of life’s necessities — healthcare, education, shopping, workplaces, community facilities and public transport — within 20 minutes from your front door.
This is the vision for Ripley Town Centre when it evolves to become a dynamic, 20-minute neighbourhood with major facilities and amenities only a 20-minute walk away.
The 20-minute neighbourhood philosophy is not new. In fact, Melbourne has been championing this concept as part of its Plan Melbourne 2017–2050 strategy to encourage residents to live, work and play locally. The Victorian Government, in partnership with the Heart Foundation of Victoria, identified the following hallmarks of a 20-minute neighbourhood:
These same hallmarks have also been adopted by cities across the globe in an effort to increase walkability; promote equity, social connections and a greater sense of community; foster physical and mental health; and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Paris, for example, has worked towards creating a ‘city of proximities’ since 2014, transforming the way in which people travel and access public services.
Ripley Town Centre will be no different. Its vision will play an important role in not only the walkability of the community, but also the growth and prosperity of the region, supported by 10 lifestyle hubs offering:
These interconnected spaces, all within a 20-minute walk, will help to enrich lives by forging the connection between home, work and play, creating a self-sufficient and circular ecosystem, and a real sense of belonging.
Ripley Town Centre’s placemaking partner and RobertsDay Principal, Craig Christensen said the team had taken on a 20-minute neighbourhood philosophy for the Centre’s vision to get people out walking, cycling and interacting with their community.
“We know long commute times can affect mental health and wellbeing, taking time away from family and work/life balance,” Craig said.
“From an energy and carbon footprint perspective, we also know relying solely on vehicles to access every day necessities is not sustainable in the long term, which is something that has come to the forefront in recent times due to COVID-19.
“With the pandemic placing a renewed and potentially long-term focus on remote working, what our local environment can offer in terms of walkability and lifestyle becomes critically important. It’s clear the new norm is a balance between home and the office, which is better for our wellbeing and better for the planet to live life more locally.”
It is this same philosophy that can already be seen throughout Sekisui House Australia’s nearby residential community, Ecco Ripley, which is home to more than 1,000 residents with a further 1,000 homes to be built. Most homes in the community are no more than 400 metres from parks and green open space, and they are all a short stroll or bike ride to Ripley Town Centre via a purpose-built path.
Find out more about the Ripley Town Centre masterplan vision here.