Seacombe West – Australia’s First Regenerative Community

The Seacombe West site is significantly degraded as a result of salt water entering the Gippsland Lakes system in the late 1800s.

The conservation approach is failing in this region with disastrous results for land stability, diversity and the overall ecological health of the system. We will apply regenerative design processes to this important piece of land to return biodiversity, vibrancy and ongoing benefits to Lake Wellington and surrounding lands. The research will look at the impact of using Regenerative development thinking and the LENSES tool on the Masterplan.


  • Carry out LENSES workshops with community, government, industry and researchers
  • Carry out LENSES workshops with design team
  • Carry out regenerative development thinking training with the design team
  • Evaluate outcomes of the workshops
  • Evaluate outcomes for the participants
  • Evaluate outcomes for the masterplan by comparing this to a masterplan from 2003.

Project details

Major Sponsor

Secombe West Ltd

Associated Research Centres

Carlton Connect
Thrive Research Hub

Project Team

Dominique Hes (University of Melbourne)
Andre Stephan (University of Melbourne)
Behzad Rismanchi (University of Melbourne)
Brian Dunbar (Colorado State University)
Cristina Hernandez (Biourbem)
Greg Jenkins (University of Melbourne)
Hemanta Doloi (University of Melbourne)
Jane Toner (Biomimicry Australia)
Kerryn Wilmot (UTS)
Lu Aye (University of Melbourne)
Mark Luther (Deakin)
Mary Luckhurst (University of Melbourne)
Massoud Sofi (University of Melbourne)
Michael McGowan (Process Improvement Consultant)
Nicholas Williams (University of Melbourne)
Ole Fryd (University of Melbourne)
Robert Crawford (University of Melbourne)
Sebastian Thomas (University of Melbourne)
Sheridan Blunt (Loci)
Tanja Beer (University of Melbourne)


Dr Dominique Hes