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New housing tract for West Belconnen. 4,500 homes

johnboy 5 June 2013 63

The Riverview Group have announced their grand vision for West Belconnen as well as letting us know about themselves and their CEO David Maxwell:

The Riverview Group has welcomed today’s announcement of its partnership with the ACT Government to develop 4,500 homes in West Belconnen.

The first stage, on land adjacent to Holt and West Macgregor, contains 400 blocks of land with the first 200 blocks of land planned to be available in 2015.

“We’re delighted with today’s ACT Government announcement of the project and look forward to the next phase being the rezoning process,” said Riverview Group Managing Director David Maxwell. “Our aim is to deliver affordable housing. We will offer a range of house and land options from smaller detached dwellings all the way up to larger residential lots. There will be something for all home buyers.”

The West Belconnen development is 13km from Civic and 6 km’s from the Belconnen Town Centre.


UPDATE: Andrew Barr has chimed in, apparently everything’s about “transformation” now:

The ACT Government is continuing its transformation of the Territory by today announcing a major new residential development in west Belconnen.

The Government has entered into a partnership arrangement with locally owned land development company The Riverview Group to construct 4,500 new homes adjacent to Holt and West Macgregor, accommodating about 12,000 people, over the next decade.

It will be a boost for housing affordability and a stimulus for the construction sector.


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frankie frankie 7:07 pm 25 Jun 13

Beau Locks said :

For my money the transport issue is the really big one. Although it’s only another 1km from the existing end of the world/Belco, there will be significant pressure on the roads. That problem is one for our esteemed council, and at least they’ll have the time to duplicate William Hovell and get some ACTION out there on day one, assuming they get their shit together.

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Take a drive to Kippax shopping centre this weekend and you will see that it has already become way too overcrowded. There is also no longer fast access from West Macgregor to Drake Brockman Drive / William Hovell Drive to get to the city or the south because of the 13 speed bumps the council put up on Spoffort Street (the street along the Magpies golf course). That means that we will have thousands more requiring access through the small streets of Holt to get to the highway. Holt residents will continue to get pissed off at all the traffic noise. We need another fast access road or highway up the other side of the golf course, or there will be blood.

ACTION really does need to step up and provide more buses to West Macgregor in particular. We have about 3 bus stops clearly marked up near Hilda Kincaid Crescent that get no buses coming through at present! What is the council waiting for?!

And while I’m at it: West Macgregor needs a free outdoor futsal/basketball/netball sporting facility in Macgregor with night lights like Crace has 🙂

Chups Chups 7:52 pm 07 Jun 13

Well, well, well…someone from The Riverview Group must be reading this…the blurb on their site looks very, very different now to what it was a few days ago!! It no longer mentions the ‘Macgregor commercial centre’, the ‘newly built library’ and Macgregor is now spelt correctly. Good job guys…now, perhaps you also need to tweak the ‘newly opened Kingsford Smith School’ reference as well…it was opened four years ago in 2009. Nearly there…keep up the good work!

JC JC 5:33 pm 07 Jun 13

gazket said :

“2km from the local shopping/commercial centres in Holt (Kippax) providing access for everyday needs including banks “

I went to go to the Commonwealth bank in Kippax the other day. It’s no longer there stooges.

Hasn’t been for many many many years. Same too with the NAB. All that is left is St George, though even they closed down years ago only to come back latter.

gazket gazket 3:35 pm 07 Jun 13

“2km from the local shopping/commercial centres in Holt (Kippax) providing access for everyday needs including banks “

I went to go to the Commonwealth bank in Kippax the other day. It’s no longer there stooges.

HiddenDragon HiddenDragon 2:20 pm 07 Jun 13

Forget about harbourside Sydney, just wait till they hear about West Belconnen:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-06-07/chinese-market-develops-growing-appetite-for-sydney-real-estate/4739992

wildturkeycanoe wildturkeycanoe 5:49 am 07 Jun 13

Gerry-Built said :

Jurls said :

Lets hope they are building a school, being as the existing ones are bursting at the seams, being as several of them were recently closed and amalgamated.

MCSS has the smallest enrollment it has had in a decade, and KSS will take nowhere near the capacity we were told in public meetings prior to the closure…

I see. It is about wealth re-distribution. The folks who get their cars smashed up by the roos are those going to and from the city, ie. public servants. Instead of them buying a new dress or upgrading their notebook, it goes to the owner’s and employees of the local repairers. They in turn spend it on groceries at Kippax and keep other local people employed. I can’t see any bad from this, kangaroos are like the Labor party [or what it used to stand for] and looks after the Aussie battlers. That Bastion fella got it all wrong, he must have been a Liberal supporter.

gooterz gooterz 11:36 pm 06 Jun 13

wildturkeycanoe said :

Masquara said :

How many kangaroos happily live there, o Shane Rattenbury? Any plans to kill them to make room for this development?

No need to kill them. When the dozers move in to flatten the area, they will all migrate merrily towards the city and eventually be hit by all the traffic flows from the new suburb. The ensuing carnage to vehicles will provide an abundance of business opportunities for panel beaters and mechanics, so the Macgregor shopping complex can expand to fill the shoes of the developer’s advertisement prediction. The carcasses by the side of the road will create employment opportunities within the local government [clean up in lane 1, William Hovell Drive] and the affordable housing will be constructed by the low paid trades who can only afford to live on the affordable housing fringes of Canberra such as West Macgregor. Unless of course, outside labor is brought in, such as was the case with VBC, doing the locals out of jobs. Now, what was my point again…?

Counter Arguement
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parable_of_the_broken_window

wildturkeycanoe wildturkeycanoe 7:58 pm 06 Jun 13

Masquara said :

How many kangaroos happily live there, o Shane Rattenbury? Any plans to kill them to make room for this development?

No need to kill them. When the dozers move in to flatten the area, they will all migrate merrily towards the city and eventually be hit by all the traffic flows from the new suburb. The ensuing carnage to vehicles will provide an abundance of business opportunities for panel beaters and mechanics, so the Macgregor shopping complex can expand to fill the shoes of the developer’s advertisement prediction. The carcasses by the side of the road will create employment opportunities within the local government [clean up in lane 1, William Hovell Drive] and the affordable housing will be constructed by the low paid trades who can only afford to live on the affordable housing fringes of Canberra such as West Macgregor. Unless of course, outside labor is brought in, such as was the case with VBC, doing the locals out of jobs. Now, what was my point again…?

Masquara Masquara 7:41 pm 06 Jun 13

How many kangaroos happily live there, o Shane Rattenbury? Any plans to kill them to make room for this development?

JC JC 5:23 pm 06 Jun 13

Zultan said :

Surely if/when this goes ahead there will need to be a re-think of the speed cushions along Drake Brockman Drive?

What speed cushions on Drake Brockman Drive? There are none. Spofforth street on the other hand has shit loads.

Startmeup Startmeup 3:15 pm 06 Jun 13

Looking at the map you could reasonably assume that about half of the traffic coming out of the new suburb will travel down Southern Cross and half along Drake Brockman. At the moment you can wait, at times for up to 10 cars to go past before you can enter Drake B from Higgins. Can’t wait for that wait to get better. I know I shouldn’t be cynical but does anyone know the location of a traffic “plan” for this. You know, the one with the extended use of single lane infrastructure that also shows the expanded woolies with less parking?

thebrownstreak69 thebrownstreak69 2:30 pm 06 Jun 13

HiddenDragon said :

thebrownstreak69 said :

HiddenDragon said :

watto23 said :

I get more annoyed about these cross border ideas. Queanbeyan itself keeps growing because of jobs in the ACT and then those people don’t pay a cent in ACT government revenue. so here is another development, that will be out of the ACT governments control if it does get built cross border, that will need to use the roads etc in the territory. Then if the council on that side of the border can see more $$$$ they’ll build more estates.

And that’s why we need to shift the taxation burden from conveyancing duties to rates, so that the ACT will continue to have the revenue to subsidise the under-compensated cost of the services we provide to people who live across the border.

Getting ACT ratepayers to pay more rates will help compensate for services consumed by residents of NSW? Yeah, sounds great…

Yes, that little racket has been a winner for quite a few years now for the ACT’s NSW neighbours, and as the cost of living on the ACT side of the border goes through the roof, more and more are likely to move to the other side (looking forward now to the selective examples of why NSW is, in fact, soooo much more costly than the ACT).

Electricity costs more, and rates are a little more, but there’d be bugger all in it really, I reckon. Houses are probably a bit cheaper.

HiddenDragon HiddenDragon 1:52 pm 06 Jun 13

thebrownstreak69 said :

HiddenDragon said :

watto23 said :

I get more annoyed about these cross border ideas. Queanbeyan itself keeps growing because of jobs in the ACT and then those people don’t pay a cent in ACT government revenue. so here is another development, that will be out of the ACT governments control if it does get built cross border, that will need to use the roads etc in the territory. Then if the council on that side of the border can see more $$$$ they’ll build more estates.

And that’s why we need to shift the taxation burden from conveyancing duties to rates, so that the ACT will continue to have the revenue to subsidise the under-compensated cost of the services we provide to people who live across the border.

Getting ACT ratepayers to pay more rates will help compensate for services consumed by residents of NSW? Yeah, sounds great…

Yes, that little racket has been a winner for quite a few years now for the ACT’s NSW neighbours, and as the cost of living on the ACT side of the border goes through the roof, more and more are likely to move to the other side (looking forward now to the selective examples of why NSW is, in fact, soooo much more costly than the ACT).

thebrownstreak69 thebrownstreak69 1:42 pm 06 Jun 13

HiddenDragon said :

watto23 said :

I get more annoyed about these cross border ideas. Queanbeyan itself keeps growing because of jobs in the ACT and then those people don’t pay a cent in ACT government revenue. so here is another development, that will be out of the ACT governments control if it does get built cross border, that will need to use the roads etc in the territory. Then if the council on that side of the border can see more $$$$ they’ll build more estates.

And that’s why we need to shift the taxation burden from conveyancing duties to rates, so that the ACT will continue to have the revenue to subsidise the under-compensated cost of the services we provide to people who live across the border.

Getting ACT ratepayers to pay more rates will help compensate for services consumed by residents of NSW? Yeah, sounds great…

HiddenDragon HiddenDragon 1:14 pm 06 Jun 13

watto23 said :

I get more annoyed about these cross border ideas. Queanbeyan itself keeps growing because of jobs in the ACT and then those people don’t pay a cent in ACT government revenue. so here is another development, that will be out of the ACT governments control if it does get built cross border, that will need to use the roads etc in the territory. Then if the council on that side of the border can see more $$$$ they’ll build more estates.

And that’s why we need to shift the taxation burden from conveyancing duties to rates, so that the ACT will continue to have the revenue to subsidise the under-compensated cost of the services we provide to people who live across the border.

A_Cog A_Cog 1:00 pm 06 Jun 13

CicsoKid said :

The website eventually leads here…

http://www.talkwestbelconnen.com.au/about-west-belconnen/location/

There is your location.

The webpage says this: “Located in the north-west of the Australian Capital Territory, the West Belconnen site is approximately 20 minutes from the centre of Canberra, 12 minutes from Belconnen and and 5 minutes from Kippax.”

Riiiiight. Drop 12,000 people there, and it won’t be a 20/12/5 minute drive anywhere. Especially given the way that Canberrans drive.

Chop71 Chop71 12:31 pm 06 Jun 13

Transformation, green, sustainable, world class …may one day open the falls, form a heritage trust and 20% affordable etc blah blah crap

Just say it’s a land release and move on.

watto23 watto23 12:28 pm 06 Jun 13

I get more annoyed about these cross border ideas. Queanbeyan itself keeps growing because of jobs in the ACT and then those people don’t pay a cent in ACT government revenue. so here is another development, that will be out of the ACT governments control if it does get built cross border, that will need to use the roads etc in the territory. Then if the council on that side of the border can see more $$$$ they’ll build more estates.

Felix the Cat Felix the Cat 12:27 pm 06 Jun 13

Mike Bessenger said :

Great, who’s going to want to live next to a waste tip

Plenty of people in Harrison do apparently

Felix the Cat Felix the Cat 12:26 pm 06 Jun 13

beardedclam said :

Can’t be as bad as Village Building Company. Just glad a different developer is having a go at affordable housing. West Macgregor is terrible, same with their new Ngunnawal blocks too, maximise number of blocks, call it affordable, low construction costs, sell it at the highest affordable threshold. No thought put into the design, just get in, get out and take the cash.

If people didn’t buy them then they wouldn’t build them.

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