On a sunny morning in May, a small group of AGHS members drove out to Ginninderry, a new housing development area near Belconnen. In a joint venture between the ACT Government and the Riverview Pty Ltd, 11,500 homes will be built in stages over 37 years.
Recently we welcomed our latest work experience student to Ginninderry. Alyssa Rodwell spent almost two weeks from the April 30th to May 9th on the team. Alyssa plans to go into architecture in the future, so she spent her time with us working with our Design Manager, Hoa Luu.
SPARK in partnership with the Canberra Institute of Technology (RTO Code:0101) are for the first time, delivering a new training program focused on giving individuals accredited training within the Horticulture and Conservation Land Management sector.
When: Sunday 17 June 2-3.30pm at Trader & Co. 92 Meehan St, Yass
Ginninderry proudly sponsors the ACT Region Conservation Council. The team attended the conservation council’s World Environment Day Dinner on Saturday June 2 and got to meet some other very interesting guests; a pair of endangered lizards, the Grasslands Earless Dragon and Striped Legless Lizard.
Ginninderry acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Part of the vision for the Ginninderry development is to “ReGenerate” the large ex-Government site on Parkwood Road to create a fantastic green open space surrounded by places and spaces for cafes, performances, artisans and cottage industry.
Since 2011 Riverview Group has proudly supported the ACT Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Awards and sponsored the Young Environmentalist Award. In 2017 Ginninderry’s Community and Cultural Planner, Susan Davis first met Ben Maliel, the recipient of a High Commendation at the ACT Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Awards 2017.
Trees play a vital role in determining the character of any new or established development. Recognised for their healing properties and mind-body health benefits, recent findings are also purporting the role of trees in reducing urban heat and increasing property values; but when all is said and done, it is large canopy trees and lush greenery that make for a beautiful streetscape.
I’ve grown up in Canberra, and have been lucky enough to be engaged in the Ginninderry residential development in one way or another throughout studying for a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the Australian National University (ANU).
Construction work has begun on the Capital Region’s newest master planned development representing a major milestone for the Ginninderry project, which is set to deliver a substantial proportion of Canberra’s greenfield land supply and offering affordable, sustainable and innovative housing.
Active travel is any mode of travel that involves physical activity and is an effective way to incorporate exercise into your daily life. Active travel is a way of getting around that’s better for the environment, better for you, and safer for everyone.
Response to Ginninderra Falls Association, Murrumbidgee - Ginninderra Gorges National Park: Information Note 57
On the 21st of April 2018 the Ginninderra Falls Association posted the following item on the GFA web site: Murrumbidgee - Ginninderra Gorges National Park: Information Note 57 Submitted by Darryl Seto on Sat, 21/04/2018 - 4:00pm As reported in the Canberra Times on 2 April "The joint venture behind the huge Ginninderry cross-border residential development has applied for an environmental impact statement exemption for the vast bulk of the land release on the territory side of the border.
“Songs from my grasslands” is a project born from the synaesthetic collaboration of two local artists sharing their mutual passion for arts. The Grasslands are the special headspace where Akka Ballenger Constantin spends a lot of her time, wandering with a camera in her hand.
This month the ReNew Magazine published an article in their April 2018 issue comparing energy costs over 10 years for houses with gas appliances, electrical appliances, and electrical appliances with solar panels, based on a study by the Alternative Technology Association (ATA).
Meet the fascinating Eloise Fisher from the Canberra Symphony Orchestra's Music in MY School Program
Ginninderry is delighted to be partnering with the Canberra's Symphony Orchestra (CSO) in bringing the Music in MY School education program to life, enabling the joy of music to be shared with local children and teachers.
Late last year, the CSIRO published a report commissioned by the ACT Government exploring the impact of the Urban Heat Island Effect in Canberra. Its findings have been the subject of much discussion, most recently by Minister Shane Rattenbury on ABC Radio in Canberra.
Please join us for a sneak peek of artwork created during term one, 2018, by Bungee participants from St Thomas Aquinas School. This project will continue through term two, 2018, and will produce a legacy piece of mosaic art to be permanently installed in the community space at The Link in Ginninderry.
Our SPARK Training and Employment Initiative has just finished another wonderful program, the first of many in 2018, the Belconnen Return to Work Program for Women.
There is compelling research to suggest children exposed to music at a young age may have better learning potential than those who aren’t. Findings such as these are the inspiration behind Ginninderry’s decision to partner with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO) for their Education Program, Music in MY School.
Recently, the Ginninderry team began works to preserve the Belconnen Farm Heritage Precinct as part of the project’s ongoing conservation commitment. Belconnen Farm is a significant farm group with a succession of buildings, and remnants of various archaeological resources which all contribute to an understanding of the use and development of the place since the 1830s.
Based in Queanbeyan, Claire Primrose studied Visual Art at the Australian National University, majoring in Printmaking and graduated in 1997. She has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Art Education and has taught both Visual Art and Dance at various high schools in Canberra.
The Ginninderry project team has underlined its commitment to creating a sustainable community with the announcement today that a Territory Plan waiver will be granted to allow an all-electric pilot project to occur for stage 1 of the development including approximately 350 dwellings.
After the roaring success of Winterfest and Springfest, Ginninderry continues its tradition of seasonal celebrations on Saturday 24 February 2018 with SUMMERFEST - Ginninderry’s family-friendly celebration of summer with live music, dance and theatre performances from local artists including: Simone Penkethman Simone Penkethman is a Canberra based singer, guitarist and songwriter.
2017 was a busy year for Ginninderry’s Sustainability Manager, Jessica Stewart – particularly on the education front! Over the course of the last 12 months, Jess attended a number of national forums where she met with like-minded experts to share ideas and present the vision and approach to sustainability at Ginninderry.
Project Development Manager Imran Khan and Design Manager Hoa Luu are part of the team responsible for delivering the parks and roads that almost everything else you hear about us doing is built upon.
On Friday 15 December 2017, members of Ginninderry’s future community gathered to celebrate the first of many, ‘future resident initiatives.’ The night dubbed Ginninderry’s Future Resident Eve sought to provide future community members the opportunity to take a tour of their blocks, before dinner and entertainment in the form of our very own With One Voice Ginninderry Choir singing Christmas Carols, the unveiling of the Ginninderra Creek Mosaic art feature, a visit from Santa and plantings in the Ginninderry communal garden.
Community & stakeholder engagement news Community stakeholder and engagement opportunities have been abundant in November and December, with a variety of activities taking the form of several notable project team members presenting at the recent Canberra Design Festival, Energy Matters Forum, NAWIC Smart Cities breakfast, and Canberra Urban Regional Futures (CURF) Annual Forum 2017.
A smart community is one that puts connectivity at its centre – connectivity of its people and data. A smart community is one that is enhanced with technology – allowing it to become a platform for not only the collection of real-time data but the sharing and analysis of this data for the benefit of the community.
What do you get when you put an artist, a historian, an Aboriginal Elder and some high school students together? You get a beautiful mosaic which tells the story of Ginninderra Creek, a natural waterway on the boundary of the Ginninderry project which holds important memories for the local people, the rural families who farmed both sides of the creek and the Ngunnawal people.
Biosensitivity is a term created by Stephen Boyden of the Frank Fenner Foundation (FFF) to describe a way of living that is best both for people and for nature. The FFF Team believes that just being sustainable isn’t enough, and that society needs to be respectful of nature, aware of their impact and ensure no damage is done to the world’s ecosystems.
Ginninderry’s Managing Director David Maxwell joined a jam-packed line-up of experts on Thursday, speaking at the Canberra Urban Regional Futures (CURF) Annual Forum 2017 .
On Monday I had the opportunity to meet with many local artist representatives to capture their thoughts on a potential project to pilot an Artist Catalogue at Ginninderry.
With the recently published Housing Choices Discussion Paper by the ACT Government, understanding how we can better meet the housing needs of Canberrans, has never been more relevant.
Today we had the opportunity to celebrate with our latest SPARK graduates who successfully completed the West Belconnen Administration Pre-Employment Program.
Article by Julie Armstrong - ACT for Bees To celebrate Australian Pollinator Week we are inviting you to become involved by taking part in The Wild Pollinator Count and contribute to wild pollinator conservation in Australia.
A new community information display has opened at Wins Creek Meadery in Murrumbateman this week as part of ongoing engagement with the local community for the Parkwood Planning Proposal.
Riverview Projects Managing Director David Maxwell joined Conservation Council President Rod Griffiths as his ‘Walk the Border ACT – A Watershed Walk’ fundraising event crossed onto Ginninderry today.
Riverview Developments and Waters Consultancy have taken top honours at the recent National Trust of Australia’s ACT Chapter Heritage Awards, following their nomination as winner of the Aboriginal Cultural Values Assessment category.
Who Am I and Who is My Mob? – a mentoring program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
“Who am I and who is my mob?” was the question asked by a group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who participated in the aptly named joint Ginninderry and Rotary sponsored project.
Tin Shed Art Group proudly presents: Chaos to Cohesion Exhibition. The Tin Shed Art Group are known for their stimulating and varied work using a range of mediums and styles.
It’s been an exciting few weeks for our clever team of innovators and future leaders here at Ginninderry, who have picked-up no less than three nationally recognised awards! Setting the tone in August of things to come were the announcements at the Property Council Awards night that Ginninderry's Sustainability Manager Jessica Stewart had won the Future Leader award, and Riverview Group the 2017 Business of the Year award.
On Sunday 17 September 2017, The Link building held tours, talks and a cooking demonstration for the public to celebrate Sustainable House Day. Established in 2001, Sustainable House Day is a national event that allows the public to see and learn from the best environmental homes in Australia.
In conjunction with Strathnairn Arts Open Day, SPRINGFEST will be held at The Link on 14 October, from 10am-5pm. From performing artists and handmade crafts to a puppet show, choir performance and a footy clinic, this social and community event will keep the whole family entertained! View the 2017 Springfest Program HERE.
On Sunday 17 September just over 130 'sustainable' enthusiasts visted The Link to join in the national iniative, Sustainable House Day. Thank you to all of our experts who helped to answer the many questions on energy, building, design and ways to live more sustainably.
The latest buzz word to hit the housing market is around ‘intergenerational living’. The aptly named term describes a growing trend amongst families the world over to shy away from buying a traditional family home, in preference for something a little more enduring – something that will stand the test of time from a practical perspective, when and if, their children flee the nest – that’s right, ‘if’.
The Link building located in the first suburb of Ginninderry, Strathnairn will be holding tours, talks and a cooking demonstration for the public on Sustainable House Day on Sunday, September 17.
Ever wanted to make a macramé plant hanger but didn’t know how? What about honing your photography skills or developing an appreciation for poetry, visual arts or music? Thanks to the ‘Crafternoons’ initiative, part of Ginninderry’s CREATE Arts and Cultural Program, now’s your chance! We’ve even got something for the mini-crafters with our Children’s Art and Photography Workshops.
Mary Hutchison is a public historian and writer, specialising in collaborative and creative interpretation of history and place. As part of the Ginninderry arts and cultural program CREATE she is currently conducting a local history study of Ginninderry that encompasses nature, culture, people and places.
Eight of the Magpies’ most talented Under-18 youth girls put their best foot forward recently, representing the Magpies Football Club in the NSW AFL Under-18 National Championships, and National School Girls Competition in Perth.
On 19 June 2017, the SPARK team celebrated day one of its partnership with the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT), to deliver an 18-week hospitality training program to 17 members of the local community.
Deputy Chief Minister and local member for Ginninderra, Yvette Berry, will tonight launch the Ginninderry CREATE Program – an initiative designed to inspire culture and community by connecting residents through the pursuit of art.
Are you interested in learning more about ‘Smart Living’ options that will be available at Parkwood? Head to Yass’ Trader & Co. Sunday 16 July from 2pm-3pm, for a FREE presentation by our Sustainability Manager, Jessica Stewart, and discover how each and every one of us can build for ourselves and the environment.
Old trees provide a range of habitats for native mammals (including bats), reptiles, insects and birds, that cannot be provided by younger trees. Their large limbs, dead branches, tree hollows, peeling bark and logs provide all sorts of roosting and nesting opportunities, as well as producing seed, pollen and nectar.
A select number of local builders have been hand-picked to bring the master planned vision for Ginninderry to life. All of the builders were assessed against a number of criteria, in particular their desire and ability to add to the vision for Ginninderry, as well as offering exceptional value for money and quality.
SPARK in partnership with the Canberra Institute of Technology and Belconnen Community Service is delivering a new and innovative accredited training program focusing on skills development, work experience and employment within the community care sector, to be known as Belconnen Community Care Pre-Employment Program Specifically targeting people living within the Belconnen and the wider region, the program will provide.
Community interest in securing a residential block or affordable flexi-living housing solution is rising, following yet another busy weekend at The Link, after registrations for the second sale release opened on Friday.
Ginninderry’s second release will focus on housing affordability with 36 new flexi-living series homes on offer. Our flexi-living series is designed for the first home buyer, offering a variety of architect designed homes.
According to 32-year old civil engineer, Amila Perera, his wife, 32-year old Chamila, and their five-year old son Imeth, buying-into Ginninderry’s unique community is a once in a lifetime opportunity; which thanks to a lucky draw, is one they’ll be enjoying the reality of, for years to come.
Exciting times are ahead for this young couple, who are celebrating the recent announcement they are to be Ginninderry’s first Flexi-Living series buyers. Canberra-locals 22-year old self-employed makeup artist Tara Florence and her partner, 22-year old electrician, Connor McCallum sat down with the team recently to share their insights on why they, as first home buyers, were inspired to purchase in Ginninderry’s first suburb Strathnairn, what sets it apart from other developments, and in particular, the unique Flexi-Living series.
Another remarkable milestone was reached today for SPARK, with 12 participants from the Yass Construction Program celebrating their graduation. Over the course of the 12-week program, participants developed a range of skills and techniques, including but not limited to concreting, paving and brick-laying.
Step inside Ginninderry’s unique Flexi-Living series, with our new range of animations designed to bring the concept to life! See the diversity in these integrated designs, as you take a virtual tour through seven homes in the new suburb of Strathnairn.
Today we had the opportunity to celebrate our latest 19 SPARK participants who graduated as part of the West Belconnen Administration Pre-Employment Program. The program has been running out of Charnwood for the past three months and it is amazing to see how far all participants have come in that time.
Cupcakes, advice on available house and land packages and designs were a-plenty at Ginninderry’s Builders’ Information Night, where prospective buyers took advantage of the unique opportunity to seek advice and input from Ginninderry’s builders on their range of housing designs and available house and land packages.
Now that SPARK is well over a year old, I’ve taken some time to reflect on the program, what we’ve achieved to date and the exciting things we are planning to achieve in the future.
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