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Seacombe West – Australia’s First Regenerative Community

The Seacombe West, is a 680ha, the 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 LESNES 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.


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Project Title

Seacombe West – Australia’s First Regenerative Community

Major Sponsor

Secombe West Ltd

Associated Research Centres

Carlton Connect
Thrive Research Hub

Project Team

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


Dr Dominique Hes