Canberra’s newest suburb opens, gawkers welcome 

Ian Bushnell 25 November 2020 15
 John Dietz, Ngunnawal elder Aunty Violet Sheridan and Yvette Berry

Suburban Land Agency CEO John Dietz, Ngunnawal elder Aunty Violet Sheridan and Minister for Housing and Suburban Development Yvette Berry at the official opening of Whitlam. Photo: SLA.

Canberrans and prospective residents can now drive through the first stage of the ACT’s newest suburb, Whitlam in the Molonglo Valley.

Named after Labor Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, the new environmentally sustainable suburb, being developed by the Suburban Land Agency, will be home to 2,100 families and will include a public primary school and shopping centre, and multiple parks.

Housing and Suburban Development Minister Yvette Berry opened the first stage yesterday (24 November), highlighting Whitlam’s natural beauty and urban design.

”The beautiful views to the valley, beautiful natural landscape including Deep Creek, Kama Nature Reserve and natural ridges, and its urban design to maximise passive solar and minimise energy consumption really showcase what Canberra’s newest suburb has to offer,” she said.

”Over 2,300 trees will be planted in stage one of the suburb – 2,000 of which have already been planted – with more to be planted as following stages of the suburb are developed.”

The ACT Government, through the Suburban Land Agency, is offering a $10,000 rebate for homebuyers to install 5 kilowatt solar PV systems, electric vehicle charge points in their carport or garage, energy monitoring system and highly efficient electric appliances.

”This initiative supports home buyers to live sustainably but importantly supports them to lower their living costs,” Ms Berry said.

The theme of Whitlam is ‘arts and culture’ and each street is named for people who contributed to Australian culture, including Hazel Hawke, first wife of Bob Hawke the 23rd Prime Minister of Australia, for her notable public service and social justice work.

Ms Berry said the suburb was already proving popular, with the first blocks in Whitlam going on sale in May this year, and all 80 sold within a week of release.

The second public release took place this month with a total of 250 blocks released and sold to future Whitlam residents, with the third release expected early 2021.

Ms Berry said that as the suburb grew, the SLA would continue its commitment to environmentally sustainable development, and offering a range of block sizes and housing choices.

Construction on the first 500 blocks will happen throughout 2021.

The planned $1.3 million Display Village at the intersection of Sculthorpe and McDonagh Crescent will include a sales office, two-building multi-generational living complex and a demonstration single residence housing the sales suite. A public events space is also planned.

Part of the approved Estate Development Plan, the Village will take in parts of Sections 8, 11 and 9 and includes 14 single dwelling demonstration homes from builders, a temporary car park and landscaped play area.

Whitlam is being released in four stages over four years to 2023, with the first residents expected to move in next year.

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15 Responses to Canberra’s newest suburb opens, gawkers welcome 
mitch82 mitch82 4:59 pm 29 Nov 20

How about another Hospital?

Futureproof Futureproof 1:35 pm 29 Nov 20

Another dog box suburb, with not enough room for trees and if you got drunk and staggered home to where you think you lived, you’d have a good chance of trying to unlock the wrong door due to all homes looking the same

Robert Knight Robert Knight 1:13 pm 29 Nov 20

You cannot plonk in a greenfield suburb, built all at once, with no dedicated public transport corridors, an inbuilt car dependency and call it sustainable.

    Robert Hawes Robert Hawes 4:51 pm 29 Nov 20

    Robert Knight Agreed. It would be hard to make a good bus route though the suburb as it is isolated.

    Would be better if they had added population to existing suburbs.

Ben Norris Ben Norris 6:06 am 28 Nov 20

Can we we move the Northbourne flats junkies out of molonglo to whitlam now please? We've had our turn of non stop burglary. Its belconnen's turn. We're almost out of cars, bikes and lawn mowers in weston creek..

Patrick Harrington Patrick Harrington 11:18 pm 27 Nov 20

I'm sure the residents of Wright and Coombs will love a shopping centre in Whitlam. If Whitlam can actually get a shopping centre up and running, it will make it the slightly more appealing of the three barren, boring, poorly planned and neglected suburbs. Another top-notch development.😂

Steve Hegs Steve Hegs 6:52 am 27 Nov 20

With wonderful views to a major arterial road

Stacey Durrell Stacey Durrell 10:31 pm 26 Nov 20

In a valley with no breeze and westerly sun, yuck!

Shane Jasprizza Shane Jasprizza 10:12 pm 26 Nov 20

Drove past today; saw 0 houses.

    Mark Dowell Mark Dowell 11:13 pm 26 Nov 20

    Shane Jasprizza it will all end up looking like the newer suburbs of Gunners anyway. Every 3rd house looks the same...maybe a different front door.

    Shane Jasprizza Shane Jasprizza 11:20 pm 26 Nov 20

    Mark another Legoland.

    Shane Jasprizza Shane Jasprizza 11:23 pm 26 Nov 20

    No mention of block sizes; starts with a 3?

    Mark Dowell Mark Dowell 11:24 pm 26 Nov 20

    Oh you want a yard? Maybe this isn't the suburb for you.

bj_ACT bj_ACT 3:46 pm 26 Nov 20

Let’s hope the shops and community facilities come to fruition. Too many new areas aren’t having the developers promises delivered on.

Jitterry Jitterry 3:19 pm 26 Nov 20

And Parkes Way will magically deal with all the extra traffic

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