Construction work has begun on the Ginninderry housing project, with local civil engineering company Huon Contractors Pty Ltd awarded a $30 million plus contract to complete civil construction for the development’s first suburb, Strathnairn.
The master planned Ginninderry development is set to deliver a substantial proportion of Canberra’s greenfield land supply, offering affordable, sustainable and innovative housing.
A joint venture between the ACT Government (60 per cent) and Riverview Pty Ltd (40 per cent), Ginninderry will deliver approximately 11,500 dwellings over a 37-year period on land stretching from the north-western suburbs of Canberra (Holt and Macgregor) across the ACT/NSW border into a part of the Yass Valley.
Minister for Housing and Suburban Development Yvette Berry was on site at Ginninderry on Friday to congratulate members of the project team before cutting the ribbon on the project’s first sod turning ceremony.
“With a focus on innovation, Huon will deliver road infrastructure and servicing for the first 350 dwellings associated with stage 1 of Canberra’s first 6-star rated, Green Star development,” Minister Berry said.
“The 18-month civil works contract is also tipped to provide a significant boost to local employment and the Canberra economy, with Huon to draw on its established team of experienced home-grown talent to fulfill project requirements.”
“Not only has the Ginninderry joint venture committed to delivering a new vibrant, connected and contemporary community, it will also continue to be a source of jobs for Canberrans by requiring that 250 of the jobs for the Stage one project to be local jobs.”
Ginninderry’s first sale release was in April 2017, followed by a second release for Stage 1 Strathnairn in June 2017.
It is planning a Stage 2 land release later in 2018. People will be required to register for the ballot at Ginninderry.com, then notified of their ballot number and required to attend the Block Selection Appointment Day.
The exact dates are not yet finalised and interested people should join the mailing list via the website.
The first Stage 2 release will be land only, with blocks ranging in size from 315m2 to 780m2, however partner display village builders will provide house and land packages.
Purchasers will only be able to buy one block through the ballot process, with all registered buyers undergoing a third party cross-check to ensure this is the case.
Development Application approval for Stage 2 is likely to be August 2018.
Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA’s) CEO Romilly Madew was also on site on Friday, and praised the project team for its outstanding commitment to delivering on the vision of creating a sustainable community of international significance.
“GBCA’s mission is to accelerate the transformation of Australia’s built environment into one that is healthy, liveable, productive, resilient and sustainable. Partnerships such as those between GBCA and the six-star Green Star awarded Ginninderry development are integral in helping us to achieve that,” Ms Madew said.
The development is committed to providing training and employment opportunities for locals, and the project’s SPARK initiative will see 10 work experience placements and five job opportunities created for program participants and graduates.
Riverview Developments Managing Director David Maxwell said the day marked a milestone for the project team.
“Today, we witness the beginning of something great – not only for the project but for future developments nationally and internationally, as a new benchmark is set in the creation of sustainable, liveable, environmental and people-focused developments,” he said.
The first stage will also formalise public access to the Murrumbidgee River corridor, which will be protected and enhanced by the establishment of a Conservation Management Trust.