Constructed by Ace Landscapes, this award-winning project includes an environmental corridor to protect native wildlife and ‘Outdoor Classrooms’ for the local school children to learn from.
Once privately owned, this beautiful habitat is now being opened up and gifted to the residents of Stone Ridge and surrounding communities. Through the Master Planning process, working intimately with the ecological assessments and analysis, an 80m-wide environmental corridor was retained through the property, protecting a diversity of wildlife habitat and transecting the property in a north-south direction, maintaining a critical habitat link to the region's parks and local habitat areas.
Ace Landscapes reused timber rescued from the site to construct an arbour, boardwalk, fence posts and railings, logs, bollards, seats and sculptures along with the successful transformation of an eroded waterway that promotes and protects the bio-diversity of plants and wildlife habitat.
The logs cleared from site were retained and minimal material was converted into mulch. Hollow sections of the felled trees were installed back into the retained trees as additional habitat.
Stockland commissioned Design Instincts Landscape Architects to design the ‘Outdoor Classrooms’ and lead Jinibara State School students in the preparation of artwork located in each ‘classroom’. Other organisations involved in bringing the ‘Outdoor Classrooms’ to life included local Aboriginal artist Yindi Artz, Wildlife Warriors, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Unity Water and Ace Landscapes.
Over 700 Jinibara State School students participated in creating the outdoor education areas for the benefit of Stone Ridge and its surrounding communities. The students time-capsuled a moment in their lives and have been a part of a unique education resource project. All class levels at the school prepared artwork and building materials for the development. The students created numerous pieces of ceramics, pavers, painted rocks, words, paintings, drawings, poems and fact files. These have been professionally installed into the landscape environment and the Stone Ridge ‘Outdoor Classrooms’ have become educational centres within a lively and active habitat amongst the trees.
The Stone Ridge ‘Outdoor Classrooms’ offer a great opportunity to take science out of the classroom and into the natural environment.
Water sensitive urban design (WSUD) was employed to manage the water quality on-site. With the presence of numerous Wallum Froglet habitat ponds, the design and implementation of water management techniques has been integral to the success of the Stone Ridge Environmental Corridor. The on-site water management is critical to maintaining the water quality and water pH for the Wallum Froglets in particular.
At Stone Ridge, 24.5% of the site is open space. Over 82% of the open space is high value Ecological Corridor and bio-basins for water quality. To protect the environmental corridor a path system is elevated and separates human and animal use of the Environmental Corridor but retains an intimate engagement of the environment and the atmosphere of the corridor.
The site accommodates a known koala population and requires specifically designed fencing to guide koalas and other ground fauna away from the roads and towards the fauna tunnel for safe passage. The wildlife tunnel is lined with climbing posts and rails to direct the animals using natural materials. The tunnel is expected to become a frog habitat and accommodate other species in the hollow logs.
The quality design, construction and rejuvenation of the environmental park corridor secured Ace Landscapes the Landscape Queensland 2012 Construction of the Year award for their work on the Stone Ridge Estate.
Landscape Architect: Design Instincts Landscape Architects
Landscape Construction: Ace Landscapes
Project Managers: Stockland Qld
Rescued Timber Suppliers: Gems of the Forest
Plant Suppliers: Greenstock Nurseries
Artwork: Jinibara Primary School Students