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Exhibition: Escape into Nature

Thursday 20 December 2018

‘Escape into Nature’ is a series of illustrations depicting characters interacting with the natural world. Whether it be someone looking after a potted plant or someone out on a bushwalk.

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Awarded for leading the way in Inclusion

7 DecemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

Each year the Chief Minister's Inclusion Awards provide the opportunity to recognise and celebrate the outstanding work being done in our community to include and engage people with disability.

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The power of induction cooking

3 DecemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

Our team recently visited Alaine Chanter at Foodish Cooking School to see induction cooking in action. Here, well known chef David Wei from Mr Wei's Restaurant, shows us why professional chefs are choosing induction cooktops over other options.

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SPARK Hospitality Pre-Employment Program 2018

29 NovemberBy Emma Sckrabei

Congratulations to the participants of the SPARK Hospitality Pre-Employment Program, who graduated today. Well done to all for your hard work and commitment. Here's a few snapshots of their journeys.

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Down Syndrome Awareness Month

5 NovemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

Thanks to WIN News Canberra for capturing this story on Down Syndrome Awareness Month featuring some of our incredible staff. Down Syndrome Awareness Month has been particularly meaningful for employees at property developer Ginninderry Community.

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Springfest 2018

28 OctoberBy Ginninderry Project Team

Canberra put on a beautiful day for this year's Springfest at Ginninderry and Strathnairn Open Day. Thank you to all of our fabulous local artists, musicians and food & craft stallholders for bringing The Link to life with your gourmet dishes, talents and wares.

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A family affair on Fairbrother Street!

19 OctoberBy Ginninderry Project Team

It was fantastic to welcome Tony and Ros Fairbrother to Gininderry this week and take them out on site to the future Fairbrother Street in Strathnairn. The street has been named after Tony’s brother Dr Jeffory Graham Fairbrother AM (1934–2015) Pictured: From left: Steve Osarek, Huon Contractors with Tony and Ros Fairbrother   Jeff Fairbrother made a significant contribution to the poultry industry through research and advisory roles, and the development of regulatory policies on animal health and welfare, food safety standards, quarantine and biosecurity.

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Excitement in the air today with Ginninderry’s first major auction a success

18 OctoberBy Ginninderry Project Team

Three terrace packs and one multi-unit site went under the hammer today with all four parcels of land being snapped up by local builders. Located in Stage 1, the land is adjacent to the existing Strathnairn Arts precinct and the future community recreation park, with easy access to the natural attractions that set Ginninderry apart.

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Exhibition: Towards Abstraction

Saturday 10 November 2018

Tin Shed Art Group (TSAG) is a changing group of artists who have been presenting annual exhibitions for the past twenty four years. Each year they select a theme that is interpreted by the artists using their unique viewpoints and styles.

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October update: Stage 1 Drake Brockman Drive road changes and upgrade now complete

10 OctoberBy Ginninderry Project Team

Works along Drake Brockman Drive are now completed as part of a three-stage approach to the upgrade and enhancement of the road corridor. The Stage 1 upgrade works focused on the implementation of Local Area Traffic Management measures which are specially designed to address existing driver behaviour and safety issues along the corridor.

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Springfest 2018

Sunday 28 October 2018

In conjunction with Strathnairn Arts Open Day, SPRINGFEST will be held at The Link on 28 October, from 10am-4pm. Markets Earth-friendly markets, hosting local makers who use sustainable materials and methods, as well as pre-loved treasures, and a range of food including multicultural offerings.

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Exhibition: Waterways

Thursday 27 September 2018

Waterways is a new exhibition of works by five artists exploring the theme of waterways, examining life on the lake, the fleeting moments of nature, seaside architecture, travel and separation.

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Ginninderry Living Lab represented in Geneva

7 SeptemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

The Ginninderry Living Lab is an extremely exciting part of this new community. The Ginninderry Living Lab provides a framework to allow long term research programs to occur over the lifetime of the 40-year project to explore and deliver best practice thinking over time.

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Creating the fabric of streets through patterns

28 AugustBy Ginninderry Project Team

What is it about some suburbs or towns or even cities that permeates them with their sense of place, their air of uniqueness, that feeling that there’s nowhere else in the world quite like this.

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Sustainable House Day 2018

Sunday 16 September 2018

The Link located in our first suburb Strathnairn will be holding tours, talks and demonstrations for the public on Sustainable House Day -  Sunday, 16  September.

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Cat containment areas expand to protect Canberra's native wildlife

15 AugustBy Ginninderry Project Team

Ginninderry  has today welcomed the new ACT Government cat containment legislation with Conservation Manager, Jason Cummings saying, “Our Ginninderry Conservation Corridor is being established to protect endangered wildlife and provide recreation opportunities for our community.

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A Hat of Many Dreams

Saturday 25 August 2018

“A Hat of Many Dreams” is a contemporary collection of portraits and stories depicting individuals of our Canberra here and now. For almost three years, Akka Ballenger Constantin has spent her time interviewing and photographing people from all walks of life, hoping to open an honest dialogue by exploring their dreams: current and forgotten ones.

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Westfield’s new Local Hero creating SPARKs for local people

13 AugustBy Ginninderry Project Team

  After helping to create some 175 jobs and over 200 work experience opportunities for local people, Ginninderry’s Emma Sckrabei has today been chosen from 23 entrants, as one of the three winners in the Westfield Local Heroes program – an initiative which recognises the work of those who promote social well-being and harmony in our community.

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Legends Continue to Grow with Ginninderry

10 AugustBy Ginninderry Project Team

Since the Ginninderry Joint Venture began its community partnership with the Belconnen Magpies Football Club (BMFC) in 2017, the Little Legends Auskick and the Legendary Girls programs have done nothing but grow, not only in size but also in their sense of community.

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Clothing Revival by Jane Milburn of Textile Beat

Saturday 16 June 2018

We explore fresh ways of dressing by upcycling existing natural-fibre garments. The clothing surplus in wardrobes and op shops presents a creative opportunity to revive, adapt and mend garments to suit ourselves while exploring unique style.

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Drake Brockman Drive road changes and upgrades

5 JuneBy Ginninderry Project Team

As part of Ginninderry’s first stage of works for the new suburb of Strathnairn, residents in west Belconnen who use Drake Brockman Drive (DBD), would have recently noticed changes along this corridor.

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Conservation Council World Environment Day Dinner

2 JuneBy Ginninderry Project Team

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.

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New Music Program for Capital Region schools

31 MayBy Ginninderry Project Team

https://youtu.be/2_W0GlL8BNY The Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO) have just launched their new Music in MY School program at schools across the Capital Region and Yass Valley Shire, providing inspiring and meaningful classical music experiences to school students and their teachers.

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Celebrating Reconciliation Week at Strathnairn and The Link

29 MayBy Ginninderry Project Team

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.

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ZUU Community Bootcamp

Sunday 3 June 2018

ZUU IS ABOUT MORE THAN FITNESS Movement is the foundation of all humans - with reduced movement comes higher injury risk. Have you thought of the impact being injured could have in your life? Many people carry injuries from traditional training.

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The Future at Ginninderry: Parkwood ReGeneration Precinct

24 MayBy Ginninderry Project Team

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.

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Breathe Easy – A Northbourne Avenue Study

20 MayBy Ginninderry Project Team

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.

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Exhibition: A Change of Clothes

Thursday 24 May 2018

A Change of Clothes is an immersive exhibition that raises awareness of the devastating environmental and social impacts of global fast fashion and presents options for how consumers can dress for good.

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Trees of Ginninderry

15 MayBy Ginninderry Project Team

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.

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Construction commences on Canberra’s newest masterplanned development

27 AprilBy Ginninderry Project Team

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.

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Incorporating Active Travel principles into Ginninderry

24 AprilBy Ginninderry Project Team

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.

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Response to Ginninderra Falls Association, Murrumbidgee - Ginninderra Gorges National Park: Information Note 57

23 AprilBy Ginninderry Project Team

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.

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Exhibition: Songs from my grasslands

Saturday 21 April 2018

“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.

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The Long-Term Benefits of Switching to Solar

20 AprilBy Jessica Stewart

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).

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Tackling the Urban Heat Island Effect

6 AprilBy Jessica Stewart

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.

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Reflection - an exhibition by Marsden Art Group

Wednesday 7 March 2018

The Marsden Art group (MAG) is a Canberra artist support group established in 2003 by Barbara van der Linden. Members come together once a month to share information and to receive encouragement and feedback when needed.

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Inspiring a new way of living and a new generation of musicians

1 MarchBy Susan Davis

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.

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Restoring and preserving the Belconnen Farm Heritage Precinct

1 MarchBy Hoa Luu

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.

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Ginninderry’s first veggie patch is on the grow

1 MarchBy Jessica Stewart

Back in December of 2017, Ginninderry’s future residents met for the inaugural Ginninderry Future Residents Eve, and among the night’s events everyone got together to plant a veggie patch outside the Link.

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The Queen will soon make Ginninderry her home

1 MarchBy Jessica Stewart

Back in January, our new site vehicle arrived at its temporary home in Murrumbateman. It’s a six wheeled, twelve-seater ex-military Land Rover Defender Perentie that used to be a troop carrier – known affectionately as “The Queen”.

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Summerfest 2018

26 FebruaryBy Ginninderry Project Team

Not even rain mid-show could put a dampener on Ginninderry's family-friendly celebration -  Summerfest, which was a fantastic evening of live music, dance and theatre performances.

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Claire Primrose Selected Works Art Exhibition

Monday 19 February 2018

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.

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"With One Voice Ginninderry" Choir

Sunday 16 December 2018

FEEL GOOD, DO GOOD, SING FOR GOOD AND JOIN WITH ONE VOICE! You’re invited to experience the joy, freedom and inspiration of song at Ginninderry With One Voice choir!

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SPARKs fly in 2017

22 JanuaryBy Emma Sckrabei

It was a big year for Ginninderry’s unique training and employment initiative, SPARK. The program has grown over the course of 2017, partnering with local and national groups to help residents of the Capital Region reach their full potential.

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Spring into Summer, with Summerfest!

Saturday 24 February 2018

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.

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New Year’s Reflections and Resolutions – Jessica Stewart

12 JanuaryBy Niva.Pryor

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.

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Ginninderry future residents delight in inaugural eve

18 DecemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

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.

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Ginninderry project update - December 2017

18 DecemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

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.

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So – what is a Smart Community and how do we build one?

18 DecemberBy Jessica Stewart

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.

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Ginninderra Creek Mosaic Art Project

18 DecemberBy Susan Davis

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.

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SPARK participants graduate in sensational style

15 DecemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

It’s been a busy bee year for organisers and participants of Ginninderry’s training and employment initiative SPARK, with a total of nine programs delivered in the ACT in 2017, and one in Yass.

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SPARK participants graduate in sensational style

14 DecemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

It’s been a busy bee year for organisers and participants of Ginninderry’s training and employment initiative SPARK, with a total of nine programs delivered in the ACT in 2017, and one in Yass.

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Biosensitivity: A new way to save the world

8 DecemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

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.

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Renewable Energy Day 2017 tour

27 NovemberBy Jessica Stewart

It was a great turn out at Ginninderry on Saturday 25 November for the Renewable Energy Day 2017 tour. Sustainability Manager Jessica Stewart took the time to show participants around The Link building and demonstrate sustainability in action!

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Former SPARK: Vicki-Ann Middlemis

23 NovemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

From a young age, Vicki-Ann Middlemis had always wanted to work in childcare, but found it was never the right time so turned to cooking instead. Her first job was in a café, where she worked for five years as a chef, before briefly becoming a nanny.

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Sculpture in the Paddock Presents ON THE MOVE

Thursday 9 November 2017

Opening at the Link between 9 November and 13 December 2017. This amazing collection of works is from Yass Valley Schools Program and proudly supported by YASSarts and the Ginninderry  Create Program.

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Former SPARK: Georgia Elith

27 OctoberBy Ginninderry Project Team

Before SPARK, Georgia Elith worked part-time as a waitress in the National Gallery of Australia’s café, but after completing a double degree in visual arts and music from the University of Canberra her goal was to find a fulltime job.

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Crafternoons: make a macrame owl!

Sunday 22 October 2017

Macrame is the art of knotting string in patterns to make decorative items. Learn all the knots required to create a classic macrame owl - no experience necessary.

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Top honours

28 SeptemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

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.

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Committing ourselves to sustainability – the Sustainable House Day way

28 SeptemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

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.

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Springfest

Saturday 14 October 2017

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.

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Sustainable House Day 2017

18 SeptemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

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.

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Intergenerational living, lives here

11 SeptemberBy Hoa Luu

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’.

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Former SPARK: Marvellous Sigudu

6 SeptemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

From South Africa originally, Marvellous Sigudu came to Australia as a teenager in 2012. Four years later, he was completing year 12 at Hawker College and looking for something to do next.

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Craft your art - poetry, visual arts and music

Sunday 10 September 2017

Have you ever wondered whether you could be an artist? Our latest ‘Crafternoons’ offering will give you the opportunity to try! Explore your own creativity and discover whether you’re a lover of poetry, visual arts, music or all of the above.

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Former SPARK: Rebeka Auva’a

17 AugustBy Emma Sckrabei

Before she found SPARK, Rebeka Auva’a was a housekeeper. While it wasn’t exactly her dream job, she got by, until she suffered an injury at work that forced her to find an alternative occupation.

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Let’s get crafty!

10 AugustBy Susan Davis

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.

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Ginninderry Local History Study: Nature, Culture, People, Places

8 AugustBy Susan Davis

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.

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Find your SPARK…

3 AugustBy Ginninderry Project Team

Our trusty training experts have been working hard lately to develop a range of new and returning initiatives to continue providing training and employment opportunities to members of the local West Belconnen community.

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Sparking passion through work experience

20 JulyBy Ginninderry Project Team

On 26 July 2017 history was made at the Ginninderry project team office, with the arrival of year 10 Kingsford Smith High School student Jenny Dao, as the team’s first ever work experience participant.

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SPARK Training & Employment in Yass

Tuesday 15 August 2017

Ginninderry's full-time Training and Employment Manager Emma Sckrabei, whose job is to deliver a unique training and employment initiative, known at Spark will be at Trader & Co on Wednesday 16 August 5:30pm-6:15pm to talk about the program.

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Designing Urban Open Spaces

13 JulyBy Jessica Stewart

Ginninderry’s landscape architects, Cia Landscapes and Colour, and Group GSA have taken our research on mature trees and designed new open spaces for the public and our ecosystems.

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Smart Living – building what’s best for you and the environment

Sunday 16 July 2017

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.

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Not just a tree, but a home

6 JulyBy Jessica Stewart

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.

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Meet the Builders of Ginninderry - Part Twelve: Formd

22 JuneBy Ginninderry Project Team

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.

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SPARK meets industry workforce needs with a new training and employment program in community care

21 JuneBy Emma Sckrabei

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.

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Land aplenty for Canberra newbies and Ginninderry future residents

13 JuneBy Ginninderry Project Team

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.

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Flexi-Living – a place to call home for this lucky couple!

2 JuneBy Ginninderry Project Team

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.

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From SPARKs to flames – bright futures for Yass grads!

1 JuneBy Emma Sckrabei

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.

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Take your tour of Ginninderry’s Flexi-Living series

29 MayBy Ginninderry Project Team

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.

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Bright SPARKS shine at graduation!

26 MayBy Emma Sckrabei

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.

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Locals flock to ‘Meet the Builders of Ginninderry’

22 MayBy Ginninderry Project Team

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.

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Find your dream home at our Builders' Information Night

Thursday 18 May 2017

Looking to purchase a house and land package within Ginninderry’s new suburb of Strathnairn? Don’t miss the opportunity to meet some of our partner builders next Thursday 18 May at The Link, 90 Stockdill Drive, Holt (adjacent to Strathnairn Arts Association).

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Little Legends and Legendary Girls football programs launched

9 MayBy Ginninderry Project Team

Ginninderry yesterday announced a new community partnership with the Belconnen Magpies Football Club (BMFC). Ginninderry’s corporate sponsorship will see the joint venture become naming rights sponsor for the Belconnen Cats and Magpies Junior Football Club Auskick programs, along with the BMFC youth girls’ football program.

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How Ginninderry is endeavouring to alleviate the housing affordability challenge

5 MayBy Ginninderry Project Team

In the planning and preparation for the Ginninderry project we are mindful of the ever-growing challenge of housing affordability in the ACT. Creating a variety of housing options, that meet all levels of the market, should be a priority for all new housing developments, and it’s a priority that we are focusing on in our first stage at Ginninderry.

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Ginninderry receives commendation at national awards

4 MayBy Ginninderry Project Team

Ginninderry has taken out a commendation in the Planning Institute of Australia’s (PIA’s) 2017 national awards for Public Engagement and Community Planning, recognising their ongoing commitment to effective stakeholder and community engagement.

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Meet the Builders of Ginninderry - Part Ten: Bode Living

27 AprilBy Ginninderry Project Team

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.

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Sliding Doors - with a difference

26 AprilBy Susan Davis

Friday 21 April signaled a special occasion in time for the Ginninderry project, with the installation by ACT Steelworks of two perforated, powder coated steel screens completing the current entrance way to the project office and multi-purpose community centre, The Link.

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Canberra’s Little Eagle travels a long way  

20 AprilBy Ginninderry Project Team

A small GPS tracker attached by a harness to the back of a male Little Eagle over a year ago is revealing surprising information about one of the ACT’s vulnerable birds of prey, Minister for the Environment Mick Gentleman said today.

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Meet the Builders of Ginninderry – Part Ten: Renaissance Homes

20 AprilBy Ginninderry Project Team

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.

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Meet the Builders of Ginninderry – Part Nine: Rawson Homes

13 AprilBy Ginninderry Project Team

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.

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Ginninderry registrations continue to grow after opening weekend

11 AprilBy Ross Hincksman

Registrations for Ginninderry’s first sales release are now in full swing after a big weekend of activity at our community sales and information sessions. The public’s response to the release was overwhelmingly positive from the moment registrations opened at 9am on Saturday morning.

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Building a Sustainable Community

8 AprilBy Jessica Stewart

Sustainability means a lot of different things to a lot of people. To me, a sustainable community is one which has been planned and built with a focus on connectedness, consideration for the environment and custodianship.

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The Link – open for business

7 AprilBy Ginninderry Project Team

Ginninderry’s multi-purpose community centre, The Link, officially opened today ahead of what promises to be a weekend full of activity to support the first sales release.

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Ginninderry Community Information Sessions

Saturday 8 April 2017

Registrations for the first release in Stage 1 of Ginninderry’s suburb of Strathnairn will commence at a series of community information sessions on Saturday 8 April and Sunday 9 April.

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Meet the Builders of Ginninderry – Part Eight: Sienna Homes Building Group

6 AprilBy Ginninderry Project Team

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.

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Ginninderry as a connected community

4 AprilBy Susan Davis

Ginninderry will be a place where everybody feels welcome, comfortable and included. My role as Community and Cultural Planning Manager is finding out what it is that people do, what their values are and how they want to live at Ginninderry.

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Housing diversity at Ginninderry

31 MarchBy Stephen Harding

My role as Ginninderry Project Director is effectively to be the overall governance of the project. Ginninderry is a spectacular setting surrounded by the beautiful hills of the Brindabella’s and the Murrumbidgee river.

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Meet the Builders of Ginninderry – Part Seven: SM Precision Building

29 MarchBy Ginninderry Project Team

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.

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All things right about SignOnSite

28 MarchBy Imran Khan

Head contractor of Ginninderry’s multi-purpose community facility, The Link, and local construction company Manteena have thrown their support behind the technologically savvy construction site management platform, SignOnSite, demonstrating their commitment to ensuring the highest standards of construction site safety are maintained on the project at all times.

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SPARK – caring for our community!

25 MarchBy Ginninderry Project Team

When it comes to empowering members of the local community to pursue further education to improve long-term employability, SPARK has it. For the 15 participants of all ages registered to attend the latest initiative – the Belconnen Community Care Pre-Employment Program – 18 and 19 July were exciting days, as they met for the first time during orientation ahead of course kick-off the following week.

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Ginninderry’s vision for sustainability

24 MarchBy Jessica Stewart

Since work first began in 2009, Ginninderry has been planned as a sustainable community. Together with new residents of Ginninderry, we will work to create a community that showcases the world’s best practice in nature conservation, urban design, construction and long-term liveability.

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Meet the Builders of Ginninderry – Part 6: McDonald Jones Homes

16 MarchBy Ginninderry Project Team

A select number of local builders have been handpicked 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.

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Meet the Builders of Ginninderry - Part 5: Gracious Living Constructions

9 MarchBy Ginninderry Project Team

A select number of local builders have been handpicked 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.

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Understanding householder attitudes to renewable energy futures

7 MarchBy Jessica Stewart

The residential energy market is in a state of change. Advances in energy efficient appliances, falling battery storage prices and continued uptake of solar PV are providing householders with more control over the systems that they install and their ongoing cost of energy.

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Sights set on first sales release

2 MarchBy Stephen Harding

After ten years of detailed planning, the first sales release at Ginninderry is just around the corner. Ginninderry is a master planned community. This means that right from the beginning, we have a vision for how it will take shape, a vision created after extensive community consultation.

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The Conservation Corridor Management Trust

1 MarchBy David Maxwell

The Ginninderry project will create a 596 hectare conservation corridor along the Murrumbidgee River and Ginninderra Creek. In addition to its role in protecting important endangered species and ecological communities, the corridor will be a great asset for nature based recreation for the Belconnen community; it will cross the border and include land in both the ACT and NSW.

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The Link - From Vision to Reality

23 FebruaryBy Kevin Miller

As an architect, the hardest stage is the translation of the design into built form. Although it is the main outcome, this is where the design and vision can sometimes get lost through miscommunication or cost reduction measures such as value management.

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SPARK – committed to the community

21 FebruaryBy Emma Sckrabei

For Ginninderry’s SPARK program giving back to the local community is something we’re not just passionate about, but is the driving force behind our SPARK initiative.

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Charny Carny returns in 2017!

Saturday 25 March 2017

The Charny Carny is a Carnival held in West Belconnen on an annual basis for the past 14 years. It’s purpose: to support two schools and the local scout club. This year, ownership of the Charny Carny has changed from a formerly institution-led initiative, to one run purely by members of the West Belconnen community.

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Meet the Builders of Ginninderry - Part 4: Rojas Constructions

18 FebruaryBy Ginninderry Project Team

A select number of local builders have been handpicked 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.

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Meet the Builders of Ginninderry - Part 3: APA Homes

10 FebruaryBy Ginninderry Project Team

A select number of local builders have been handpicked 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.

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Meet the Builders of Ginninderry – Part Two: Ideal Building Solutions

3 FebruaryBy Ginninderry Project Team

A select number of local builders have been handpicked 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.

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Meet the Builder of Ginninderry - Part One: Achieve Homes

1 FebruaryBy Ginninderry Project Team

A select number of local builders have been handpicked 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.

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Ginninderry brandmark – as diverse as the project itself

17 JanuaryBy Ginninderry Project Team

After significant consultation, the name Ginninderry was chosen for our new community that will span the western boundary of the ACT and NSW. Ginninderry is derived from an Aboriginal word meaning ’sparkling’ or ‘throwing out little rays of light’.

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Nine turtles saved by volunteers at Strathnairn

15 DecemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

The team responsible for conducting the Frogwatch Census, the highly successful annual frog monitoring program at West Belconnen and many other sites across the ACT, set their minds to rescuing turtles earlier this month.

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SPARK and Manteena partnership kicks employment goals

13 DecemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

The SPARK Ginninderry Training and employment initiative has achieved some major accomplishments this year including graduations, employment opportunities, high-quality building outcomes for the local community from live training sites and highly engaged students.

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The vision for the sustainability precinct at Ginninderry

24 NovemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

The Ginninderry project team is exploring exciting new uses for the open space in and around the ACT’s former landfill site located in West Belconnen. The ultimate vision for the old landfill site is to turn it in to a sustainability precinct.

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Ginninderry architects scoop top national award

14 NovemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

The Ginninderry project team would like to congratulate architects McGregor Coxall, whose ‘West Belconnen Open Space Strategy’ has been acknowledged for its work in positioning Ginninderry as a world-leading, green community by receiving the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) National Award for Land Conservation.

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Learnings to inform the future of Ginninderra Falls

20 OctoberBy Ginninderry Project Team

The Ginninderra Falls Working Group recently visited the Apsley Falls, near the town of Walcha, in the Northern Tablelands region of New South Wales. Apsley Falls is in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park and showcases amazing waterfalls that drop over 60 metres off the tablelands into the Apsley Gorge and then flow into the Macleay River system below.

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Have your say on the amended proposal for Kippax Fair

Sunday 16 December 2018

Kippax Fair has been working to develop a proposal to enhance the group centre – creating opportunities for expanded retail and vibrant community hub. The new proposal has been developed following consultation with the community on two draft plans (including the ACT Government draft master plan).

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Renewable Energy Research Workshop

Tuesday 20 September 2016

The next workshop in our renewable energy research project,  funded by ARENA, is being held next Tuesday 20 September 2016 and this time we are specifically interested to hear your thoughts on the subject of gas.

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The origins of Ginninderry

8 SeptemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

After significant consultation, the name Ginninderry has been chosen for a new community across the western boundary of the ACT and NSW being developed by a joint venture between the Land Development Agency and Ginninderry Joint Venture.

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Yass Community Garden Open Day

Sunday 11 September 2016

This Sunday, Yass Community Garden is holding its open day, with Minister Pru Goward opening the event. Head down to 19 Pritchett Street for live music, potting workshops, slam poets, a plant trading table and a tasty BBQ.

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Protecting Strathnairn’s Little Eagles  

12 AugustBy Ginninderry Project Team

The Little Eagle is a species native to Australia that inhabits open woodland, grassland and arid regions. It is listed as vulnerable under the ACT Nature Conservation Act 1980 and also listed as a vulnerable species in NSW.

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What the development of Ginninderry means for Ginninderra Falls

5 AugustBy Ginninderry Project Team

The development of the Ginninderry area brings with it a great opportunity to protect, enhance and re-open Ginninderra Falls, via significant capital investment funded by the development project, and the establishment of a Conservation Management Trust for its management in perpetuity.

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Canberra’s newest suburbs unveiled in West Belconnen

25 JulyBy Ginninderry Project Team

Ginninderry Joint Venture has today welcomed the announcement of Strathnairn and Macnamara as the first two ACT suburb names for the West Belconnen/Parkwood development, a joint venture between Riverview Developments and the ACT Government.

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ACT Government gives the green light to West Belconnen

22 JulyBy Ginninderry Project Team

ACT Minister for Planning Mick Gentleman officially introduced today, Variation (351) to the Territory Plan. This comes off the back of the federal government’s approval of an amendment to the National Capital Plan in May this year.

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Supporting local poetry showcase

8 JulyBy Ginninderry Project Team

We were delighted to support a special community event at Belconnen Arts Centre on Sunday 26 June 2016. On a chilly winter afternoon, The Mother Tongue Multilingual Poetry Showcase brought together a warm crowd to enjoy an extravaganza of words and stories in more than ten languages.

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The benefits of flexi-living

16 JuneBy Ginninderry Project Team

Offering a diverse range of innovative housing options and adopting best practice design principles at Ginninderry, is central to the project’s vision and the team responsible for bringing this community to life.

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Housing in Ginninderry: The Master Plan

10 JuneBy Ginninderry Project Team

In 2014, to inform the Ginninderry Master Plan, the Ginninderry team commissioned ORIMA research to conduct a community survey to gauge housing preferences within the ACT region.

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Invitation to Renewable Energy Community Workshop

30 MayBy Ginninderry Project Team

The project team has been spending some time thinking about the possibilities and opportunities for renewable energy at West Belconnen. Some of the things we are looking at are how can we take advantage of the falling cost of solar panels and battery storage and how could we do things differently to help bring you cheaper energy bills? There are some interesting ideas that we’d like to talk to you about and get your thoughts on.

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Housing affordability in Canberra

20 MayBy Ginninderry Project Team

Housing affordability is an issue that lots of people around Australia are talking about. In Canberra, the strategy of providing affordable housing is underpinned by the ACT Government’s Affordable Housing Action Plan.

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Want to get qualified in childcare?

17 MayBy Ginninderry Project Team

A Children’s Education and Care training and employment opportunity will soon be on offer in West Belconnen, run by Belconnen Community Service ACT in conjunction with the Canberra Institute of Technology.

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Road network and traffic: the plan for Ginninderry

12 MayBy Ginninderry Project Team

The Ginninderry project has undertaken detailed modelling to assess roads and traffic in the proposed project area. The modelling identified a range of necessary upgrades The important roads that will serve Ginninderry are.

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The Hunt for Hoddle

12 MayBy Ginninderry Project Team

Do you recognise this view? Hoddle, Robert.  (1832).  Ginninginderry [i.e. Ginninderra] Plains, New South Wales.  http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-137038759

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Ginninderry's Emma Sckrabei to sit on West Belconnen Network Leadership Group

28 AprilBy Ginninderry Project Team

Ginninderry Joint Venture’s Emma Sckrabei, who is responsible for heading up SPARK, Ginninderry’s Training and Employment Initiative, has been selected to participate on the West Belconnen Network Leadership Group: a group which seeks to work with residents to improve access to services such as health, education, housing and justice.

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Indigenous and European heritage protected at Ginninderry

21 AprilBy Ginninderry Project Team

As people and places across Australia celebrate Australian Heritage Week, running from Saturday 16 April until Sunday 24 April, the Ginninderry project team has been considering the importance that respecting the heritage of the project site has played in our planning process to date.

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Three facts about the conservation corridor at Ginninderry

7 AprilBy Ginninderry Project Team

The Ginninderry river corridor is a place of great beauty, with local and regional environmental, visual and cultural significance. At the present time it is “locked away” from public access in a rural lease, but with the planned development of the Ginninderry project it will soon become accessible to all.

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Ginninderry at the REIACT Home Buyers Expo

17 MarchBy Ginninderry Project Team

The Ginninderry team is excited to have the opportunity to meet with and talk to hundreds of interested home buyers at the Real Estate Institute of the ACT (REIACT)/ Allhomes Home Buyers Expo 2016 this coming weekend.

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Kippax Connections

2 MarchBy Ginninderry Project Team

Kippax Connections is a new program to support members of the West Belconnen community connect to a range of education, volunteering, training and/or employment opportunities.

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Ginninderry on the lookout for frogs

18 FebruaryBy Ginninderry Project Team

We have teamed up with the Ginninderra Catchment Group to help sponsor a West-Belconnen Branch of The Frogwatch Census, the highly successful annual frog monitoring program.

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Ginninderry gets ready to get to work

2 FebruaryBy Ginninderry Project Team

Training, work experience and employment opportunities will be up for grabs as part of a new training and employment initiative for Ginninderry that is also a first for the ACT.

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What does sustainability look like in Ginninderry?

19 JanuaryBy Ginninderry Project Team

Sustainability is at the heart of the vision that is driving the Ginninderry project. Our vision is to create a place underpinned by leading-edge design and development practices, as well as enhanced environmental awareness.

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A new approach to community consultation

8 DecemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

At the very core of the Ginninderry project has been a radically different approach to community consultation. The method, based on a genuine respect for the community and natural environment, has made an absolute virtue of transparency and engagement with the community, complemented by a strong desire to eliminate the traditional ‘them vs us’ approach to consultation.

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Territory Plan Variation tabled

28 OctoberBy Ginninderry Project Team

ACT Minister for Planning, Mick Gentleman, has given the green light to a 6500-home development in West Belconnen. The approved Territory Plan Variation will deliver the ACT homes over the next 20-30 years.

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What's happening with the landfill site?

3 JulyBy Ginninderry Project Team

This video explains what is happening with the West Belconnen landfill, how demolition material from Mr Fluffy home demolitions is being disposed of and the precautions being undertaken.

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Watch our new housing video

26 JuneBy Ginninderry Project Team

Interested in how the landscape has influenced the master plan design and the diversity of housing types at Ginninderry? Watch or latest video featuring Tony and Martine from the project team.

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Water sensitive urban design video

16 JuneBy Ginninderry Project Team

We are proposing to create a new community close to the Murrumbidgee River and Ginninderra Creeks. Find out more about water sensitive urban design at Ginninderry in our latest video.

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