6 May 2021

800 dwellings in first stage of new Ginninderry suburb

| Ian Bushnell
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Macnamara 1 master plan

The concept master plan for Macnamara Stage 1. Image: Tait Network.

The next stage of the joint-venture Ginninderry district in west Belconnen will deliver more than 800 residential dwellings, including more than 600 single blocks.

The Suburban Land Agency and Riverview Development Group are developing Ginninderry, which will eventually straddle the NSW border, and the second suburb, Macnamara, will follow Strathnairn and be developed in stages.

A development application has been lodged for the first stage’s Estate Development Plan, proposing 664 single dwelling blocks and 39 multi-unit blocks providing for a total of 803 residential dwellings and associated off-site works, public open spaces, streetscapes and infrastructure.

The DA is good news for potential homebuyers as the ACT market runs hot and they struggle to find affordable properties, particularly single residential blocks. The SLA says civil works will likely commence from September and blocks are expected to go on sale in late 2021.

Located to the east of Strathnairn, Macnamara Stage 1 will consist of several residential zonings to provide a diversity of housing types – including single residential, flexi and terrace (18 per cent), and multi-unit (22 per cent) – that will also allow for a range of affordable products.

Dwellings will adhere to the energy efficiency standards of the Ginninderry development and all blocks of more than 250 square metres will have rainwater tanks.

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The EDP proposes walking, cycling and equestrian paths that will connect to adjoining suburbs and parks and open space – including a central park within a natural amphitheatre, nature-based play space, and wetlands and ponds – with links to the Conservation Corridor and Murrumbidgee River.

The central neighbourhood park will include multi-generational play equipment, fitness areas, and picnic facilities.

The Bicentennial National Trail will be realigned around the perimeter of Macnamara 1 to minimise conflict with construction works.

Macnamara 1 also includes the next segment of Pro Hart Avenue, Ginnindery’s central boulevard, along which public transport buses will travel within walking distance of all blocks.

The DA says the road layout effectively segregates Macnamara from Strathnairn to limit rat-running through the suburb.

Existing mature trees will be retained, with a mix of exotic and native plantings deployed along streets and lanes to provide shade and cooling, as well as habitat.

To the northwest of this stage is the site of the future Ginninderry commercial group centre.

The former landfill site to the north is being remediated, but construction of non-sensitive infrastructure and servicing utilities in Macnamara 1 is expected to start before it is completed.

The public can comment on the DA until 26 May.

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If this suburb is partly ACT and partly NSW then only those who invest and rent out on the ACT side will pay land tax? Whilst your neighbor on the same street won’t? Sounds entirely fair….

It won’t go over the border. Yass Council and the New South Wales government have already told them to go to hell.

This ‘suburb’ is entirely in the ACT. I mean, you could just look at the map in the article that shows that.

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